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Breath

Narrated by: Troy Planet
Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (256 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award and now a major film.

When paramedic Bruce Pike is called out to deal with another teenage adventure gone wrong, he knows better than his colleague, better than the kid's parents, what happened and how. Thirty years before, that dead boy could have been him. A relentlessly gripping and deeply moving novel about the damage you do to yourself when you're young and think you're immortal.

©2008 Tim Winton (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"An absorbing, powerful and deeply beautiful novel, a meditation on surfing which becomes a rumination about the very stuff of existence." (The Observer)

"This brilliant book may well turn out to be the finest thing that Winton has done." (Sydney Morning Herald)

"It's unlikely Winton has ever written as well as he writes in Breath.... Its seeming simplicity is deceptive, for beneath its pared-back surfaces lies all the steel of a major novelist operating at full throttle in a territory he has spent 25 years making his own." (The Age)

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Incredible story

This is my first Tim Winton book and as a lover of the ocean, water and the story’s of peoples lives this book ticks all of those boxes!
Incredible writing!

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Loved this book! Narration was extraordinary. Characters rich and believable.
I would recommend this to anyone.

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Jury is out

Not really sure if I enjoyed this. The story sort of meandered to an uncertain end.

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The salt of WA

Been a long time since I read aTim Winton, and he didn't disappoint, except when it ended, only half way through my walk! Caught up in memories, The Point, sand,wax & boards, grommets out surfing a break with the big boys, who cared and brought them in safely. The nuances and hints of danger, ambiguity, stark reality draws one into the very essence of all that is so down right aussie. Left with that sickening sense of feeling very homesick for WA, you are left with a myriad of reminders of those men you've known, in one Breath he had painted them all. While the sound of the surf lingers on in your dreams., Tim brings it all home, a complete and satisfying circle. Brilliantly read byTroy Planet. Will remain a firm favorite this book, one to return to often, just to feel the grit and sand.....of achievement.

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loved it

beautifully written. great story. will appeal to all not just surfers. do yorself a favour and read

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A wonderful story.

Loved it! Breath has hidden depth into the human psyche. It's artfully woven. I want to keep listening. I loved the language and the colour of the description; i felt i was riding each wave. Thank you for taking me surfing, it was a real journey that I wont forget.

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short and beautifully descriptive.

a claassic coming of age story infused wirh the Australian ocean and the struggle to break free of adrenaline based addiction.

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Great story

The narrator drew his words out too often with a lot of unnecessary pauses.
The usual Tim Winton way of making you feel like you’re right there where it’s happening.

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Tim should be our national treasure!

I adore the way Tim captures our cultural essence and gives voice to the life changing passages of time in our development. His rawness honesty and observation is delivered with such forgiveness. The intimacy is so exquisite that pain and love become irresistible companions on the readers journey.
Perhaps theres no one better to read his books than Troy Planet. His delivery is so tender and perfectly paced. Gentle and tentative, enthralled and weary, Planet completely embodies the characters in Breath.
This book is beautiful rich and truly an Australian classic.

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High expectations

A well written book with a definite slant towards the surfing culture. Boring in parts. The most irritating thing about this book is the somewhat overdone Aussie 'laid-backness' of the narrator.