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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

Narrated by: Essie Davis
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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In a world of perennial fire and growing extinctions, Anna’s aged mother is dying - if her three children would just allow it. Condemned by their pity to living she increasingly escapes through her hospital window into visions of horror and delight.  

When Anna’s finger vanishes and a few months later her knee disappears, Anna too feels the pull of the window.  

She begins to see that all around her others are similarly vanishing, but no one else notices. All Anna can do is keep her mother alive. But the window keeps opening wider, taking Anna and the listener ever deeper into a strangely beautiful story about hope and love and orange-bellied parrots.

©2020 Richard Flanagan (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

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Wow, just fantastic

Incredible story, fantastically written. Such amazing depth of description and beautifully read by the wonderful Essie Davis. I throughly enjoyed listening.

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Narrator lets the story down

I found the voice of the narrator very abrasive and it detracted from my appreciation of the writing.

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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams

A challenging, deeply confronting but endlessly astonishing book. Extraordinarily visual, beautiful writing. A book about death - and life. Moving and disturbingly thought-provoking. Also very beautifully narrated. Thank you, Essie.

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Simply Outstanding

Australian to the core, storytelling at it's best, narrated with absolute mastery. Thank you for this sad but brilliant gift.