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Bruny

Narrated by: Zoe Carides
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
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Why is a massive bridge being built to connect the sleepy island of Bruny with the mainland of Tasmania? And why have terrorists blown it up?  

When the Bruny bridge is bombed, UN troubleshooter Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, her mother is fading and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go. 

Bruny is a searing, subversive novel about family, love, loyalty and the new world order. It is a gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist, a love story, a cry from the heart and a fiercely entertaining and crucial work of imagination that asks the burning question: what would you do to protect the place you love?  

By the best-selling author of The Museum of Modern Love, winner of the 2017 Stella Prize, the 2017 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the 2017 Margaret Scott Prize.

©2019 Heather Rose (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Good backstory got consumed by Political rant

Book was interesting at beginning, loved the insight and scenic depictions of Tasmania...BUT the story got totally stream-rolled by intense political judgement and commentary. I really go annoyed and was shaking my head towards the end.

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At Last

We Tasmanians are a clever bunch and this book exemplifies our deep abiding love of place and our powerful voice when roused.

Entwined in a compelling narrative this is on my best books list.

Thanks Heather

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One of the best books so far

It was a funny, exciting, detailed, very descriptive story and well narrated. I feel like I want to visit Tasmania's Bruny Island now.

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A cracking read

This is an extremely clever political thriller; the premise of which was both awful and all too believable at the same time. It was well read and moved along at such a pace that there was never a second where it flagged. I have only ever given one other of the over 200 books I have had on Audible five stars, but Bruny is well worth a five star review.

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intellectual chick lit

i was expecting a subversive and clever political story. instead i got middle aged womans fantasy mixed with some super on the nose and blunt political summations and hypotheticals. im clearly not the target audience so fair enough its obviously enjoyable for others. i can see plenty of mothers loving the story about a cia woman going home to tasmania to investigate a bombing and falling in love with the only man (besides her father) that isnt war mongering, selfish or flawed. the political aspect of the novel is about chinese global expansion but beyond an interesting totally unrealistic hypothetical no interesting or new ideas are explored. the ending was perhaps the worst part, way too indulgent were every character i don't care about gets a fittingly happy retirement and all flawed relationships are mended.

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great read!

Thoroughly enjoyed! So delighted to hear that it will one day become a movie. Certainly reminds you to value how lucky we are!

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Slow to start, but once the story hits it’s stride it doesn’t stop. Enjoyable read.

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A great story

I would normally shy away from a book about politics but this book was brilliant. A great story and sooo beautifully narrated by Zoe Carides !!

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great read

great read, very intriguing and thought provoking, highly recommended reading very interesting idea from a fellow Taswegian

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Ex Tasmania feeling homesick !

Creative and thoughtful story that pulls at the heart strings of an ex Tasmanian, whilst threading themes of globalisation, terrorism, foreign interference, human rights and a love story . I thoroughly enjoyed this book and also the narrator’s style.

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  • Wendy
  • 28-11-2019

The best book I've read (or listened to) in years

Bruny is a very gripping story about a major political threat to Tasmania, the island to the bottom of Australia. It is beautifully written and the narration is excellent and adds to the story.

It should appeal to anyone who enjoys well written, gripping literature, although possibly more to women over 40 as the protagonist is in that age group.

Highly recommended! One of those books you don't want to finish.

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  • Earnest
  • 07-02-2020

Heavy handed and irritating

How many times do you get to describe a one trick pony story?
There is a good story here that deserves airing but there is absolutely no subtlety or finesse in the construction of the story. It would have been easy to be sympathetic and supportive, whatever our own political preferences but none Luke’s the sledgehammer proselytizing.
And the actor’s complete approach/tone was like a newcomer to both acting and voice acting. The actual inclusion of mock laughing was so intrusive and should never be a part of an audible tale for grownups.
At least the words were usually pronounced correctly. The last one I listened to from the same studio was so full of mispronunciations that I stopped when my list grew past 50 instances.
This was not an attempt at a literary novel.