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What as surprise.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-2020

I bought this book in a bit of a hurry not thinking too much. I just wanted an easy to listen to book for a very long drive. My interest was piqued as it was set close to where I spent my childhood. The first few pages were a surprise, The descriptions of tents along the Murray River, post war bought back memories of of those tents. I would see them when visiting my uncle's fruit block at Buronga. Then to my horror I realised I knew a person/family, from Wilcannia, who was mentioned in that book, and I had never been aware of why he 'went away'. Anyway a very informative book for me but not an enjoyable book in the true sense of the word. So glad I listened, and yes I was spellbound.

Not what I expected.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-2020

I read The Sisters by this author so was expecting much more from this book. It became quite tedious with the constant musings, which were too repetitious and much too frequent. The story line could have been quite good but it was lost in too much padding. Could have been much more enjoyable if it had been more tightly written. The Australian accent...I read what some other reviews on this and decided 'Oh well I can deal with that' However, I found I really couldn't. To Au or NZ ears it is dreadful, It was a very bad mixture of the two accents. I expect that to any one other than an Australian or New Zealander it would not pose a problem. One other point we do not pronounce ask and can't the way Americans do. When reader was using her Irish accent it was a pleasure to listen to though.

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Horrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-2019

I have read/listened to this author before so I must have thought she was okay. After this one the author's name has gone on my 'do not buy' list. I listen to books, mostly when walking the dog or driving long distance, therefore, I like something able to hold my attention and is easy to listen to. This book failed more than any of my previous choices. The story was not particularly interesting, with too much padding. I knew who the protagonist was about 1/4 through the book so it lost some of its appeal. The performance was quite good but I will never get that voice, crying over and over again, 'my children" out of my head, therefore 3 stars.. I did finish the book, (with a fair bit of fast forward). I doubt I would have bothered to if I had had something else downloaded.

No

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2018

I did not like this book at all. There was a great deal of extraneous detail that I found very tedious indeed. My interest peaked only when we got back "on story", dead mother and daughter and knocked out dad. I got this book to listen to while I was on a long distance drive so I wanted a book that would hold my attention and was easy to listen to. This wasn't it. I only gave the performance three stars. It may actually have been better than that and it was the book that spoilt it for me. No more Jane Casey for me.

Tedious

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-2016

I have not finished listening to this book yet, and am not sure that I will. The kid Caly is driving me insane. Far too much of her. I find the readers accents a bit too much as well.
Story so far...... Taking far too long to develop. I am beginning to wonder if it ever will or will it just be more of the terrible mother daughters thing.