©1977 Colleen McCullough; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"One of those books that will be read as long as women love, and men care." (Daily Mirror)
"I simply could not put it down. If it hadn't been wrenched from me at mealtimes, I'd have starved." (Daily Mail)
"A true epic....It's easy to see why this stunning tale has been called the Australian Gone With the Wind." (Daily Telegraph)
A surprisingly captivating story which I really enjoyed as a new resident of Australia I enjoyed hearing about now familiar scenery, animals and culture and enjoyed it all the more for that.
The Thorn Birds is my favorite book ever, I've got a paperback book, a DVD of its movie, and I wanted to have an audio version so that I can always listen to, especially when I'm on the go. I purchased this audio book with excitement but it turned out to be a HUGE disappointment. About a half of the story was skipped with all of the critical, beautiful parts and conversations... gone. What a waste!
loved the story! watched the movie years ago... need to find it in DVD and keep in my collection. Real life emotions and situations - how people can cope with them or give up to them. Narrator is very good, nice speech, clear, nicely paced.
I absolutely love the printed book, it is definitely my favorite book since I was a teenager, so I really looked forward to listening to it. But I was really disappointed that the audio version had left out at least 1/3 of the book, the listeners are missing out on so much! Why would you cut the story short?! The original narrative adds so much depths to the characters, to the storyline...and it's all missing in this audiobook!
The narrator wasn't great either, at times cringeworthy. Disappointed again.
I wish there was a full version, with a different narrator.
Maybe someone without any expectations. I had so many and looked forward to finally reading it and was surprised to find that it was quite boring. I know it's not allowed to say that about this great book but that is how I felt. I was surprisingly bored
One expects so much from these modern classics. It is one of those rare books which has the ultimate humiliation of being surpassed by its film adaptaion. it. I watched it in the eighties when I was a child and was still only learning English but I could not get over it. I'm not a film person and I sleep through most movies. I recently slept through the Da Vinci Code movie but I'd stay awake until 3am reading the book. So I was really surprised when the book disappointed me so much. The story was just not as engaging as I had thought it wasd going to be. It turned out to be a very love ordinary story unlike what it is pitched as. There is nothing memorable about this book
Its not that it was particularly bad. It just wasn't memorable
Thats just it. None of the characters were engaging enough for me to truly care about loving or hating them.
It just wasn't for me I guess. My expectations were too high and it disapointed me. I expected a book in stakes of Grapes of Wrath or The Picture of Dorian Gray but it falls far short and is just a book that I forgot as soon as I finished it.
"Abridged is like cut from alive body"
yes, but i'd turn their mind to the abridgement staff
As it was well noticed The thorn birds is an australian Gone With the Wind
less exaggerated pronounce
Yes, but the story is worth more listening time.
"A lovely story"
This was a most enjoyable read. I wished it carried on longer, yet it ends perfectly.
"Hideous abridgement! Don't bother!"
It felt like there was massive areas missed out.
I love this story, but it just felt massacred!
Brilliantly narrated! The voices really brought the characters to life!
I hated this version of a fantastic story!
"Epic love story"
What a great way to spend time. This is a heartbreaking tale. I loved it.
I had not realised this was an abridged version, having read the Thorn Birds 3 times previously - it has always been one of my favourite books, however, I was disappointed that it was not the full version. It was read beautifully - I just wished it had been the full version.
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