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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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    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.

    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.

    3 of 3 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!

    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Sydney, Australia 18/05/2017
    Mrs Sydney, Australia 18/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome and atmosphere"

    I really enjoyed this book. Great story, beautifully written. Believable characters, wonderful descriptions of outback Australia with a real mystery needing to be solved. Lovely performance from the Aussie narrator.

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    MISS Australia 12/05/2017
    MISS Australia 12/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "The Dry"

    A good story, well suited to being listened to. Invoked the Australian bush very well. Great Australian characters, highly recommended.

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    Suzie 02/05/2017
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    "Fabulous"

    To quote a popular cliche: 'this kept me mesmerised until the very last word' And I mean it. Well done to the author and the presenter. Excellent.

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    Miss Kelly A Dalling 29/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it all!"
    Would you listen to The Dry again? Why?

    Enjoyed the story and in my haste to finish probably missed some details. Will enjoy again!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved everything about the book - the writing and the performance. The story is a great Aussie whodunit tale but kept you guessing.


    What about Steve Shanahan’s performance did you like?

    Very natural easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. Can't wait for another Jane Harper and will be looking for more Steve Shanahan performances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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