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Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. And then, in one terrible moment, his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. 

There’s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.

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

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  • Jan
  • 02-04-2018

Bloody ripper!

This book will probably win a stack of literary prizes, but don’t let that put you off. The story, the land, the kid’s voice, the woman reading it are tight and true. You’ll find long detours and extra jobs just to keep listening.

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Wonderful story, evocative descriptions of country and men, two extraordinary characterisations. Tough journey but ultimately so redemptive. Highlight was the perfect choice of narrator; Kate brought the story alive with exquisite rendering of our main protagonists: best of any Audible book so far. .

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Jasper Jones meets wake in fright

Tim Winton doesn't wimp out on dark detail. And every boy needs an old man who's fucked up some to teach him about forgiveness.

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If ever there was an audio book that needed a male narrator, it was this one.

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A masterpiece

Tim Winton at the top of his game. Don't miss this utterly absorbing, captivating read. A true study in the mastery of 'voice'. Themes of masculinity in our culture that are just so important to acknowledge and explore.

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it was good

I thought there would be a bit more insight into the old man's story, but then it kinda developed too quickly and ended...I still enjoyed it. I normally grab long books, so this one was like a blink of an eye😄

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Winton at his best.

Tim Winton does not disappoint in this moving, gritty tale. A harsh story reflected in an even harsher landscape, which makes the beauty of both all the more poignant

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Brilliant book

Extraordinary book and the best reading too I think I’ve ever heard. This is a must-read for any Australian.

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Loved it, loads of description to carry you away into the story.

Only thing that confuses me is why did they choose a female narrator for a teenage boy?
Kinda made it more difficult to follow than was needed.

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True Australian

An entertaining story full of rich descriptive Australian slang. Excellent characters and storyline. Truly hilarious in places.

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  • Melanie
  • 16-03-2018

Love

Captivating story. So beautifully written, Tim Winton. Narration by Kate Mulvany inspired casting , so good I listened to it in one sitting.

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