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The Dry Audiobook

The Dry

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Publisher's Summary

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land.

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.

©2016 Jane Harper (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country." (Michael Robotham)

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    Deborah 24/07/2016
    Deborah 24/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful narration capturing the Australian essence of The Dry"

    Gripping storyline told with a wonderful voice telling us the story of an old country town in the aftermath of two two tragedies, one recent and one historical.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny 23/07/2016
    Jenny 23/07/2016
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    "Great debut"

    Jane Harper, please continue to write books as brilliant as The Dry - hard to stop listening because of the story plot twists and turns. Typical Australian outback background with characters perfectly chosen to fit kept the suspense right to the last pages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 22/07/2016
    Sharon 22/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Aussie Read"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Never knowing where it would lead but leaving nothing hanging in the end. Great to have an Aussie to listen to!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Thomas Melbourne Australia 10/08/2016
    Mary Thomas Melbourne Australia 10/08/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Great debut novel"

    A great debut novel interesting characters and you can really feel the heat of the sun and the dust from the drought by her wonderful use of language. If I have a criticism it's that things are tied up too neatly at the end if I say why it with spoil it suffice to say don't let it put you off its an excellent read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    paul Andrew 15/07/2016
    paul Andrew 15/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing ending."

    After enjoying virtually the entire book l was very disappointed with the incredible ending. Not terribly convincing I'm afraid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 29/11/2016
    Lisa Auckland, New Zealand 29/11/2016
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    "Really good book."

    Great setting, great main character and supporting characters, great story, well written and great double mystery.
    Crime mysteries are not my usual first choice, but I liked the sound of the setting for this one so gave it a go.
    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to every minute of it. Very few of the usual "oh come on, you've got to be kidding" clumsy co-incidences, unanswered questions or predictable formula characters and red herrings.
    When both mysteries were finally answered, I hadn't seen either of them coming and found them very plausible, well thought through and totally worth waiting for.
    And best thing of all - even though the main event was a violent murder, there was an absolute minimum of gratuitous gruesomeness which I really appreciated. Quite rare in these de-sensitised days.
    It was all about the story and didn't try to wring out any more shock/horror than was necessary.
    Hints of a sequel towards the end - or was that just wishful thinking?
    If so, I'll definitely be getting it.

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    Amanda 25/11/2016
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    "Absolutely loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dry the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was fantastic! Absolutely captured what I saw to be the essence of the book. The story was fabulously written...loved the crescendo to the finish. Highly recommend!


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    Beverly 10/10/2016
    Beverly 10/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"

    Great australian story. Could not stop listening. The narrater made the story that much better. Excellent

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    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 07/10/2016
    Amanda macquarie fields, Australia 07/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Australian Story"

    Loved this. Rivetting until the end. Brilliantly read. Will certainly look for more by this author.

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    Barry 04/09/2016
    Barry 04/09/2016
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    "Brilliant performance - really enjoyed"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dry the most enjoyable?

    I loved the way Steve Shanahan gave this story another dimension with his performance. I listened to it in the car on the way to and from work - made the trip a lot more enjoyable. It was memorable for the characters, the setting and the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dry?

    One of the more memorable moments for me was when the main character in the book and the local cop are going through the main crime scene, trying to piece together what happened. I felt like I was there with the two blokes.


    Have you listened to any of Steve Shanahan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of Steve Shanahan's other performances - I would definitely give them a go in future on the strength of this one.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I often had to remind myself that the people in it were not real and that none of it happened. Most of the main locations (the Hadler's farm, the pub) I can still see in my mind's eye.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if there are abridged versions of The Dry but I would recommend this one - it was definitely worth the listening time.

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    "compelling Australian thriller"

    The time spent listening to this captivating story went very quickly. Well worthwhile and great narration.

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