• Foreign Correspondence

  • A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over
  • By: Geraldine Brooks
  • Narrated by: Geraldine Brooks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As a young girl in a working-class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longed to discover the places where history happens and culture comes from, so she enlisted pen pals who offered her a window on adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America. 

Twenty years later, Brooks, an award-winning foreign correspondent, embarked on a human treasure hunt to find her pen friends. She found men and women whose lives had been shaped by war and hatred, by fame and notoriety, and by the ravages of mental illness. 

Intimate, moving, and often humorous, Foreign Correspondence speaks to the unquiet heart of every girl who has ever yearned to become a woman of the world.

©1998 Geraldine Brooks (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • 04-05-21

the review synopsis does not reflect the book

Disclaimer: I gave up after a third
The third I did read only described the life of an ordinary young Australian woman, without any special insights to make it worthwhile.
I tried it because I enjoyed Ms. Brook's "People of the Book".

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  • S. Bouchara
  • 06-05-21

can't do it!

The narrator is very monotonous and it kind of ruins the story for me, sorry no offence, i'm sure it's a great book...but i was not able to enjoy listening to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-20

Well crafted journey

Geraldine feels like an old friend telling you her story, with just enough detail to suffice, intrigue, and amuse. She brings a real sense of camaraderie to the reader, allowing you to enjoy your own Australian story instead of cutting it down like a tall poppy. She understands people so well and this shines through the whole book.