Simultaneous release of the new novel by the author of the universally acclaimed prize-winner The Secret River, The Lieutenant is a major new novel that will captivate readers and continues the author's enthralling exploration of historical themes. Set a quarter of a century before The Secret River, at the moment when the British arrive in Australia, The Lieutenant tells an unforgettable story about friendship, language and power.
In 1787 Lieutenant Thomas Rooke sets sail from Portsmouth with the First Fleet and its cargo of convicts, destined for New South Wales. As a young officer and a man of science, the shy and quiet Rooke is full of anticipation about the natural wonders he might discover in this strange land on the other side of the world.
After the fleet arrives in Port Jackson, Rooke sets up camp on a rocky and isolated point, and starts his work of astronomy and navigation. It's not too long before some of the Aboriginal people who live around the harbour pay him a visit. One of them, a girl named Tarunga, starts to teach him her own language. But her lessons and their friendship are interrupted when Rooke is given an order that will change his life forever.
Inspired by the 1790 notebooks of William Dawes in which he recorded his conversations with a young Gadigal woman, The Lieutenant is a story about a man discovering his true self in extraordinary circumstances.
©2008 Kate Grenville (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
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1 out of 5 stars
By Karen T on 13-12-17

Very disappointing.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing, the story was just plain boring.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Grenville again?


What didn’t you like about Nicholas Bell’s performance?

He has a nice voice, and it made for pleasant listening, but unfortunately there just isn't enough story for him to make it interesting.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom, couldn't even make it thru the book.

Any additional comments?

Not up to Kate Grenville story telling. I enjoyed The Secret River very much and that is why I tried to listen to The Lieutenant.... It is hard to believe the two books were written by the same author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By amy on 13-05-13

Great Story

What did you like best about this story?

Listened to this before a vacation to Australia. Loved hearing the historical fiction and feeling a bit more connected to the area.

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