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The Rip

Narrated by: Tamala Shelton
Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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It's funny how quick it happens and without you really noticing. Anton said once that it's like walking out into the sea, and you think everything's fine and the water's warm, but when you turn back you're suddenly miles from shore. I've never been much of a swimmer, but I get what he means. Like being caught in a current or something. A rip.

A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her. 

Or her friends. But when the drugs kick in that can be hard.

Anton has been looking out for her. She was safe with him. But then Steve came along. 

He had something over Anton. Must have. But he had a flat they could crash in. And gear in his pocket. And she can't stop thinking about it. A good hit makes everything all right.

 But the flat smells weird.

There's a lock on Steve's bedroom door.

And the guy is intense.

The problem is, sometimes you just don't know you are in too deep until you are drowning.

©2019 Mark Brandi (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

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Compelling and insightful

Narrated beautifully, very believable. The story paints a picture of life on the streets without being judgemental, confronting or preachy. Powerful.

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Gritty raw eye opening

The Rip literally rips open life on the streets , the evil pull of drug addiction and the sad decay of humans drawn into the web of addiction. There are a few spots in the he story which don’t quite get answered - but it’s easy to feel drawn into this story: well narrated

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Gritty underbelly given a face

While I found the narration annoying - in particular the very low ,husky reading of the male characters - I was equally aghast and drawn to the very real and brutal perspective of life on the streets. The inability of the protagonist to take action made me want to scream for her but I understood that that state of mind is due to so many factors. This is rather nit picky - but I wondered how the dog (certainly one of the main characters) was being fed... and how she could afford to feed him. AS the novel was so real the omission of that detail jarred a bit. I'm glad I read this book - I thought the writing in particular how Mark Brandi captured her narrative voice and the setting was excellent .