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The Choke

Narrated by: Danielle Baynes
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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Abandoned by her mother as a toddler, only occasionally visited by her volatile father and raised solely by her tormented Pop, Justine finds sanctuary in The Choke, a place where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow they can almost touch.

Although Justine doesn't know it, her father is a menacing criminal, and the world she is exposed to is one of great peril to her. She must make sense of it on her own - and when she eventually does, she knows what she has to do....

©2017 Sofie Laguna (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Neither story nor narrator were great

I found this book slightly infuriating, and while I get that the author was trying to convey a very naive character whose upbringing didn’t afford her a lot of smarts, it was just too much. The last 20% of the book seemed so far removed from the beginning, and really just out of character and kind of ridiculous.
I disliked the narrator’s voice from the very beginning and felt like she made Justine sound even less intelligent than was intended by the author.
I ended up returning this book. The other reviews made me think it’d be great but it’s one of the worst i’ve read/heard in i don’t know how long.

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Brilliant!

This was one of those books that I really didn’t want to end. Sophie Laguna’s ability to take us into the lives of these people is just brilliant.

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Compelling story, with a unique voice

A deeply human story, sometimes ugly, yet told beautifully in the voice of Justine, a most engaging young narrator.

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Well done Sofie!

A child's life should never be like this! The voices that tell this tale are real voices, I believed every word they uttered, I felt the disappointments as though they were mine. I was viewing a child's world through their eyes and from their perspective. Thoroughly captivating, in a thoroughly Australian landscape, so cleverly evocative of a time not so very long ago. And the ending is powerful!! Highly recommended.

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Loved it.

Really moving story about how vulnerable children can be. Great characters and story. This book made me think a lot. Also loved listening to Sofie Laguna's book The Eye of the Sheep on Audible.

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Absolutely loved this!

This book reminded me of Melina Marchetta's early work. Loved all of the Australian references.

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Sad story

The Eye of the Sheep is one of my favourite stories so I bought this book.
This is a very sad story and the writing style makes it very realistic.

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Gripping from start to finish - highly recommend.

I listened to this whole audiobook in one day! Truly couldn’t drag myself away. It was unique and compelling. The writer has captured numerous social issues of her chosen time and place (1970s rural Australia). It touches upon PTSD and its ricocheting effects across multiple generations, the failings of our education system, entrenched attitudes towards class and gender issues, while also resonating with the contemporary ‘me too’ movement. The narrative voice is authentic and engaging and highlights just how easily ignorance and myopia may be nurtured by the combined forces of prejudice, poverty and pain. A great listen.

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A good read

I found this a tad slow to get into but then very engaging. It was not my all time favourite audio book but it was a good read. I thought it did a great job of highlighting a child's view of family dysfunction and trauma and the many ways this adversely impacts upon the child. It was also a good story about growing up in rural Australia. There were several things i didn't see coming and i was very caught up in the last half of the book. I was not sure what to expect with some great reviews and a few bad ones but i would definitely recomend the book.

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  • Susan
  • Tomewin, NSW, Australia
  • 24-09-2018

another-great aAustralian writer

i just love the contemporary fiction emerging from the hearts and minds of Australuans.
Ms Laguna has captured tthe drought that sometimes exists in the lives of-some country towns here, The smallness of their worldview, The power that was given to some men with outdated menace and narrow ideology uninfluenced by change and restricted by old ideas that had no place in ccontemporary Australian homes.

I've gone overboard with the above comment But Justine was so real to me, So sensitively explored and unravelled.

very very sad but worthy of high praise

Thank you Sophia