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The Dry

Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
Series: Aaron Falk, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land.

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.

©2016 Jane Harper (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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"You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country." (Michael Robotham)
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Gripping Aussie crime thriller

Loved everything about this book - the story, it's setting and narration. The author is brilliant in her description of Australian country town life, the plot has a few unexpected and yet plausible twists - a must for me when reading crime novels. Can't wait for more books by this author.

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Great Aussie Read

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Never knowing where it would lead but leaving nothing hanging in the end. Great to have an Aussie to listen to!

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Really good book.

Great setting, great main character and supporting characters, great story, well written and great double mystery.
Crime mysteries are not my usual first choice, but I liked the sound of the setting for this one so gave it a go.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to every minute of it. Very few of the usual "oh come on, you've got to be kidding" clumsy co-incidences, unanswered questions or predictable formula characters and red herrings.
When both mysteries were finally answered, I hadn't seen either of them coming and found them very plausible, well thought through and totally worth waiting for.
And best thing of all - even though the main event was a violent murder, there was an absolute minimum of gratuitous gruesomeness which I really appreciated. Quite rare in these de-sensitised days.
It was all about the story and didn't try to wring out any more shock/horror than was necessary.
Hints of a sequel towards the end - or was that just wishful thinking?
If so, I'll definitely be getting it.

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Great debut novel

A great debut novel interesting characters and you can really feel the heat of the sun and the dust from the drought by her wonderful use of language. If I have a criticism it's that things are tied up too neatly at the end if I say why it with spoil it suffice to say don't let it put you off its an excellent read.

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Intriguing story but ...

I didn't like the amount of swearing and chose to not finish listening. It may be typical Australian but the story wouldn't have been diminished if there had been less language and it certainly didn't add anything.

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  • 11-02-2017

Loved this story!

I couldn't stop listening. It had me hooked from the beginning with a fast paced and mysterious storyline. Enjoyed the narrator as well!

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Wonderful narration capturing the Australian essence of The Dry

Gripping storyline told with a wonderful voice telling us the story of an old country town in the aftermath of two two tragedies, one recent and one historical.

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Great debut

Jane Harper, please continue to write books as brilliant as The Dry - hard to stop listening because of the story plot twists and turns. Typical Australian outback background with characters perfectly chosen to fit kept the suspense right to the last pages.

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beautiful and gripping

a great companion to my road trip....make sure you don't also have human companions as you'll be sure to ignore them

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the dry

narrator ok, storyline a bit disjointed at times, overall a good book. i would recommend.

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  • 11-06-2020

Loved it !

O! M! G! One the best stories I have listened to in a long time. I’m now a huge fan of Janes future books, the description of our beautiful country and the characters, the slang, usually when I have 1 huntsman spider in a bedroom there is a 2nd hiding somewhere..

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  • Nicola Larter
  • 30-10-2019

A really polished story

Didn't have huge expectations of this book but was very pleasantly surprised - the story is quite brilliant! I've read and listened to thousands of mystery/thriller novels in my life and they tend to get predictable after a while. This one quite literally kept me guessing and the outcome was a real revelation. I actually felt the hairs on the back of my neck rise more than once! Nice to have the sub-plot tidied up at the end too; not a fan of loose ends.

The narrator is excellent and portrays the various characters perfectly. The tensions and struggles of a country town during a drought are very realistic. I could almost taste the hot dust while listening to this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first second to the last - there is no 'filler' - every well written word is germane and the pace fast. Will definitely be looking for more from this author and narrator.

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  • John Kidd
  • 04-03-2019

great book

loved it from start to finish, perfect for driving whilst taking in the dry Australian landscape

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  • Angi
  • 05-12-2017

Ripping yarn

A great story felt even better because of the reader- If I'd been reading this I'd have read it in one sitting. The setting in a drought in the outback is as much a part of the story as the characters.

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  • Dan
  • 09-10-2017

Excellent storytelling

Loved this book.
It really pulled me into its fabric.
The characters felt real, and I could almost smell the dry heat.
The plot kept me hanging till the end.
Brilliant.
Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Olivia
  • 08-11-2016

compelling Australian thriller

The time spent listening to this captivating story went very quickly. Well worthwhile and great narration.