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  • Red Dirt Road

  • By: S. R. White
  • Narrated by: Helen Walsh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Red Dirt Road

By: S. R. White
Narrated by: Helen Walsh
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Publisher's Summary

One outback town. Two puzzling murders. Fifty suspects.

In Unamurra, a drought-scarred, one-pub town deep in the outback, two men are savagely murdered a month apart - their bodies elaborately arranged like angels.

With no witnesses, no obvious motives and no apparent connections between the killings, how can lone police officer Detective Dana Russo - flown in from hundreds of kilometres away - possibly solve such a baffling, brutal case?

Met with silence and suspicion from locals who live by their own set of rules, Dana must take over a stalled investigation with only a week to make progress.

But with a murderer hiding in plain sight, and the parched days rapidly passing, Dana is determined to uncover the shocking secrets of this forgotten town - a place where anyone could be a killer.

A gripping and vividly atmospheric story from the international bestseller, this is a searing story perfect for fans of Jane Harper, Chris Hammer and Garry Disher.

©2023 S. R. White (P)2023 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"A rising star of Australian crime fiction." (Sunday Times)

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Annoying performance

When just providing commentary the reader is ok, but the over-done 'stereotypical' Aussie accent is so distracting that I lost some of the story. In putting on the accent the pitch went up so that supposed tough coppers all had similar high pitched voices, all with terrible accents. Suggest that next time, this reader either only does the female parts and a second reader does the male, or she just reads the book in her own voice, which is good.

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Fantastic

Great story and plot. Australian reference for background very realistic. Character's very believable. Amazing listening.

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Boring

I found it boring. Not a great story. A lot of descriptive text with not as much storyline. The characters in the town all sounded the same.

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A lot of repetitive filler with very little actual substance

Really wanted to enjoy this. Love the genre. But this book was dreary and repetitive. So much mediocre filler and endless dragging on with repetitive thought processes, with virtually no actual storyline. Lots of internal monologue that’s just trash nonsense, “she thought about xyz” but just nonsense.

A lot of parts that are clearly supposed to be a clever hook, but just falls flat. Characters are shallow and really just a vehicle for some gruff outback dialogue.

The police procedural aspects are clearly not researched. It’s got a very make believe feeling.

A valiant attempt but just kinda obvious and not interesting.

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Red dirt Road

I thought this book was very slow, and tedious. I kept listening to find out who did it but… boring!

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Australia

Great Aussie book I could see the town as I was listening. Wonderful characters to relate to.

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Slow going

Found this quite slow and tedious. Felt it could have been a short story as lots and lots of ‘fillers’ with obvious who did it in the first hour. Ok yarn but nothing more

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good story

story was good, took a while to get into it but had me hooked after a while.
the narration was a bit annoying as you could tell everytime a page was turned and there would be a gap or weird intonation.

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Easy listen

Outback story, outback closed community, easy listen, good narration. Not the most powerful storyline but enjoyed it.

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Great story

Really enjoyed this, the story was a little different to the norm but totally believable.
The ending was sensible and not easy to guess.
The narrator was brilliant and her accents were natural and not forced.
Happy to give five stars to this one.

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