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Bitter Wash Road

Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
Series: Paul Hirschhausen, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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Hirsh was a promising metropolitan officer - until he blew the whistle on a case of police corruption. Now he’s been exiled to a one-cop station in South Australia’s wheatbelt. Called a dog by his own cop brothers. 

So when he’s sent to investigate gunfire up isolated Bitter Wash Road, he suspects his backup might be the one to put a bullet in him. He’s wrong. But the events that unfold turn out to be a lot more sinister.

©2014 Garry Disher (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Sadly this audible book is missing one key chapter which completely mucks up the end.

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The narrator ruined this for me. The kiwi accent unfortunately did not fit with an Aussie story. The pronunciation of a lot of Aussie names and words rubbed the wrong way.

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wrong voice

Wrong characterisation, not an Aussie voice.
Sounded like a children's story at times when adult events were occuring.

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FAST AND HAUNTINGLY FAMILIAR

The amusing quirk of the mis pronuciation of South Australia names made me smile. I couldn't help thinking these guys probably think Sydney is the capital of Australia and kangaroos hop down the main street of Adelaide.
I just wish homework was done before the narration. The story concepts are more than familiar , plausible. Especially in the hard remote area of the mid north. Some towns are isolated and have secrets not far from the surface if you know where to look.
The beauty of the area was captured in the description of the landscape perfectly. It would be nice to have more from South Australia. NSW VIC trend to overshadow her only too often. I did enjoy this book and was looking for another chapter.

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The narrator was terrible

I struggled to finish, thought I could tolerate the narrator's monotonous delivery and awful attempt at accents. He switched from Aussie to Kiwi to South African and Cockney. The story was solid although there were so many characters I revisited parts to remind myself who went with who. I look forward to the next book "Peace" in hard copy.

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  • Annabelle
  • 22-05-2018

Great story - awful narration

I persisted with the story and enjoyed it but the experience was marred for me by the sloppy, ill-prepared narration. Shaun Grindell has a lovely timbre to his voice, but I doubt that he did much research & preparation before recording. Time and again the Australian place names were mis-pronounced - so much so that at times I had to stop and wind back to try and work out where he was actually talking about. Also, some commonplace words were pronounced in a most peculiar way - I hesitate to say wrongly because I accept there can be variations. Once again I had to re-listen to figure a couple of them out. But even worse was the appalling accent he gave to quite a few of the characters, especially Hirsch, the main character. He sounded like an overly young twerp with a New Zealand accent.

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  • Maureen
  • 19-02-2020

Very enjoyable read

Swithered for ages about buying this one, and am really glad I did, it's the best book I've listened to in a while.
I often find that those books with few reviews are far superior to those with hundreds of glowing reviews which I've bought and thought were absolute rubbish.
The story is a great well written police thriller with an interesting, caring protagonist, and is interwoven with great descriptions of the arid rural Australian outback and people. Narration is good, too. I'm hoping that Audible will record Disher's new book, "Peace" which is the next Hirsch instalment.
Please, Audible?

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