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The Choke

Narrated by: Danielle Baynes
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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great 'read'

I really liked the story. My only niggle was the singing throughout. That was annoying.

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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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Captivating!

I loved this book although I found the narration grating at times. The story was captivating and the fact that it was set local to me made it even better!

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Loved it.

Fearless in its expression of the human condition. Told in a joyful and compelling way.