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Cloudstreet

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Publisher's Summary

Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years, they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

©2002 Tim Winton; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

AudioFile Earphones Award, Exceptional Audio Performance, 2004


"One of those rare novels that warm the heart, as well as spark the imagination." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Peter Hosking's performance is true to Winton's unsentimental exploration into humankind's ability to love and survive amid adversity....His characterizations, including an aboriginal ghost and a talking pig, are earthy, real, and frequently hilarious." (AudioFile)

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    Emma 13/10/2016
    Emma 13/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "remembering yesrerday"

    this reminded me of childhood my grandparents and their australian lingo it was lovely to revisit

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    Ronelle 09/10/2016
    Ronelle 09/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent narrator for this book"

    Beautiful writing, beautiful words, and the narrator made it come to life. I loved it! A real family saga of ordinary people, with a hint of magic.

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    Myk Canberra, Australia 02/09/2016
    Myk Canberra, Australia 02/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Long rambling go - nowhere tale"

    Really little more than a litany of how not to behave as a family. Lacks in narrative structure like a biography, but has elements of fantasy that throw the reader out of the sense of realism. The real message would have to be in favour of mental health specialists, but there's no advocacy in the book itself. A tragedy brought on by uncritically presented bigotry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 08/06/2016
    Catherine 08/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Magnificent"

    First time for Tim Winton. Narrater was just the best. Will listen to more of Tom and narrater. Thank you

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    Amber 03/04/2016
    Amber 03/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Everything about this was perfect! Except that Peter Hosking, the narrator, is clearly not a West Aussie as he pronounced Mandurah horribly. I did love how otherwise he really captured the nuisances of Australian slang. Beautifully written. A privilege to read/listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 11/02/2016
    Daniel 11/02/2016
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    "Brilliant characters and truly human stories!"

    A tale that explores triumph and tragedy, heartbreak and jubilation and the beauty of the human experience. Read it through to the end and you will have been drawn, willingly or not, into true human solidarity.

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    Amanda 18/01/2016
    Amanda 18/01/2016
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    "Bit weird"

    first time I have read/heard a tim Winton. not sure I would have lasted thru the paper version but in traffic jams whilst driving it beats the garbage on the radio in commuter time.

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    meghan 10/11/2015
    meghan 10/11/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "I can see why this book made the top 100 must read"

    By the end of the story, I loved all of the characters abd each of their quirky traits.

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    Jacimac 20/10/2015
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    "Aussie family saga"

    The narrator was brilliant, capturing the grit & the poetry of the disparate characters in these 2 large unruly & dysfunctional families which survive somehow, despite being touched by tragedy & hardship. An other worldly, mysteriously poetical tune weaves a thread through the background of the harsh reality of life in a suburb of Perth in the 1940s & 50s, a really great read.

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    Lucy 04/05/2015
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    "A mystical story of two families that become one ."

    The beautiful, the beautiful words of Tim Winton. Cloudstreet speaking to an entire generation. Immersing us in the serendipitous journey that conjoins two families in a time that our memories are soon to lose. Two very different families that intimately share tragedy , love and fate's whimsy.

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  • Chrissie
    Brussels, Belgium
    13/05/13
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    "Dysfunctional Families Australian Style"

    Dysfunctional Families Australian Style

    Those words are the best I can come up with to depict this book. There are two families living in one house on Cloudstreet near Perth, Australia. This house and these families become the center attraction of the entire neighborhood. Both families are of the working class; in fact they are lucky if they even have a job. The time period is 1944-1964, so the end of the war and the hard times that followed determine the setting. Life is hard; it is a struggle. Booze, gambling, promiscuity, adultery, child abuse, anorexia and children with mental retardation - all play a central role in this novel. It sounds pretty depressing, doesn’t it? Sometimes, too, the language is downright crude. Nevertheless, by the end of the novel you care for the characters. Maybe they are total losers, but some of them are trying their best. Even the losers have some good qualities. There is moreover another theme to the book – the strength of families. So the book isn’t depressing, and there is humor, albeit sad humor.

    I am glad I read this book. For me a three star book is one I liked; it is one I am glad I read! This book is considered an Australian classic. It is definitely a total immersion course in Australian life, at least those of the working class after WW2. It is so, so, so Australian - full of colloquialisms and expressions foreign to me. For this reason I must wholeheartedly recommend the audiobook narrated by Peter Hosking. Through his clever intonations you can more easily guess the meaning of expressions and words foreign to those of us who are not Australian. I LOVED how Oriel Lamb spoke. Yeah, she was also kind of my hero all through the story. There are lots of dialogs, and the characters are reinforced by the narrator’s ability to distinguish between each.

    The conflict between the Aboriginal people and other Australians is portrayed to a lesser extent, but it is hinted at. The inherent wisdom of Aboriginal beliefs comes to the fore through spooky premonitions. I found this kind of corny, but I guess it had to be drawn into a book about Australian life. It sort of belongs.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Faifield, Australia
    27/07/13
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    "An Aussie classic"
    Would you listen to Cloudstreet again? Why?

    YES! it took a while to gel with the characters but once I felt them, it was hard to let them go at the end of the book.


    What about Peter Hosking’s performance did you like?

    The performance of the reader was good. He was easy to listen to and his voices were suitable and funny.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matilda
    Fremantle, Australia
    18/01/12
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    "Magic for my city"

    I've lived in Perth most of my life and am almost ashamed it took me so long to read Cloudstreet. The story is astounding. I turned it over in my mind for days after finishing it. My only (very slight!) issue was that Peter Hosking is obviously an east coast man, his pronunciation was a little off at times and it would have been lovely to make use of more West Australian talent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    Alice SpringsAustralia
    27/06/10
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    "Winton at his best"

    This is the best book I have read. It is a clasic moving and interesting from beginning to end. I felt like I knew these people they were so ordinary and yet so rich.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Cannon Hill, QLD, Australia
    17/04/10
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    "Cloudstreet"

    A marvellous read. Beautifully written, wonderful characterisation, both funny and moving.
    4.6 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • nerida
    melbourne, Australia
    4/03/13
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    "Lovely !"
    Would you listen to Cloudstreet again? Why?

    As soon as I finished I had to go back and listen to the very first scene again...with tears running down my cheeks. Yes, I will listen to the whole thing again one day because I think it is one of those books where it's not just the story that is wonderful to listen to, it's revisiting "old friends" that will be fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favourite character because the whole book is full of interesting and wonderful characters. This is definitely the book for those who love books about people. I was sad when the book finished because I felt that I had gotten to know the characters so well that I knew them and will miss them terribly.


    What does Peter Hosking bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings life to the story and characters. He did a terrific job.


    If you could take any character from Cloudstreet out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I wouldn't want to take anyone out for dinner from Cloudstreet- I would invite myself over for dinner. I would be content to be a fly on the wall !


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book while I was renovating my house so now the characters and stories are embedded in my house too. I feel very sentimental about this book - so much so the first thing I did after I finished listening was purchase another Tim Winton book in the hope of finding another book just like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • laila
    Gloucester, MA, United States
    25/09/12
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    "Dickens meets Gabriel Garcia Marquez"

    Winton's characters celebrate and suffer and Peter Hosking gives them voices that stay with you. This story is sad and hopeful full of details that puts you inside the head of each character. There are ghosts, talking pigs and a voice from beyond but it all seems real. It is a beautiful story of two complicated families. Listening to Peter's Australian accent and his singing of folk songs added a whole extra layer of joy. I loved this book and the reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stevo
    25/07/09
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    "Simply brilliant"

    Simply brilliant. Some of the Aussie slang may pass over the heads of some international readers though. It is now my favourite Audible book to date!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    7/09/16
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    "Cloudstreet "

    A unique and beautifully written classic Australian novel about luck, misfortune and happy endings in nothing more than the everyday. Worth a listen, loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara Johnston
    16/03/15
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    "Not a good listen!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Don't know, an Aussie probably.


    What was most disappointing about Tim Winton’s story?

    I loved Dirt Music and was looking forward to this story but couldn't understand the reader. His Australian accent is too strong and he reads too fast. I struggled too hard when all I wanted was to sink into a great story - way too much work and too much missed. I lost the thread and quit listening to it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Hosking’s performances?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • William
    London, United Kingdom
    6/10/13
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    "Home Sick"
    If you could sum up Cloudstreet in three words, what would they be?

    An Aussie beauty!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them because each character is like someone we already know


    Which character – as performed by Peter Hosking – was your favourite?

    Quick,


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

    This book made me laugh out loud many times and chuckle at the colloquial expressions so many times yet all of this was set against the Aussie battler making good where he could and taking it on the chin when he/she faced a set back.


    Any additional comments?

    Just great narration of this wildly amusing but poignant story.
    As an Aussie living abroad for many years, I have missed the wonderful expressions which offer a rye smile or a real laugh.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia
    St Cirgues la Loutre, France
    3/02/13
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    "A beautiful book"

    A fabulous, fantastic book. Beautifully read. Wholesome, disfunctional characters living a quirky life. Bitter sweet, tender, funny and sad. An absolute "must read". If you love literature you will love this. I envy everyone who hasn't read this book yet.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joanna
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    24/05/12
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    "Magical"

    A life-affirming, rollicking book, wonderfully narrated. Very highly recommended. Will be looking out for more by this author

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn
    Flogny-La-Chapelle, France
    4/03/14
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    "A great novel, beautifully read"
    Would you listen to Cloudstreet again? Why?

    Cloudstreet is probably the best audio book I've heard in the last 5 years of listening.


    What other book might you compare Cloudstreet to, and why?

    One Hundred Years of Solitude. Both books are family tales filled with the mystery and ordinariness of life, described in prose of the highest quality.


    What about Peter Hosking’s performance did you like?

    He manages to capture the uniqueness of each character's voice without strain or stress, to bring to life the world of 1950's Perth.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Winton might have felt, when he finished this book, that it is the book he was meant to write. It has a completeness and maturity about it that all great books achieve. Images from the tale come to mind long afterwards. The characters feel real and one comes to love them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Rugby, United Kingdom
    10/04/13
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    "A look back at what made Australia 'australian'"

    The only reasons I don't give this book five stars are (i) some annoying chapter and 'event' headers (when read out they come across like subtitles) and (ii) to English ears the narration is occasionally challenging. But the story and characters are both excellent. The story follows two working class families across 30 years of domestic life, set in Western Australia rather than perhaps better known places like Melbourne or Sydney. There are times when the modern reader wonders how the characters kept going - life was clearly pretty tough back then. But somehow the lust for life of the Austrlain personality enlivens every crisis and set-back. There are themes below the surface about fate, fortune/luck and whether you can 'cheat your destiny'. I read it on a flight to and while driving through New South Wales, which made it come to life even more. This is also regularly voted the most popular Australian contemporary novel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • sarahmoose2000
    12/10/14
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    "A bit confusing"

    Two families share one house over a period of 20 years. Various ailments are experienced, adultery, brain damage, anorexia, depression....but I just didn't understand the hallucinations or esp type mirages that kept happening with various members of the clans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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