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The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle

Narrated by: Anthea Greco
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's the summer of 1982. The Man from Snowy River is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV.  

In a seaside suburb of NSW, housewife Theresa Howard takes up swimming. She wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.  

From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, bathing is the one constant in her new life. 

After finding herself in a desperate situation, 26-year-old Leanne has only herself to rely on. She became a nurse to help others, even as she resists help herself.  

Elaine has recently moved from England. Far from home without her adult sons, her closest friend is a gin bottle.  

In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive shark sightings, bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean's salt. They will find solace and companionship in their friendship circle and learn that love takes many forms.  

©2019 Sophie Green (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

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Utterly delicious

The story, the performance was absolutely delectable... very impressed - raced to the end but didn’t want it to end...

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Easy Read

Easy read with nice story about how women form relationships with each other.narrated well. Listened to it just to relax .

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Loving Relationships

Throughly enjoyed this Audio Story. Makes me want to Swim and have a Group of Friends like that too.

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Charming

A lovely story of four women who become friends during the 1980s in suburban Sydney. Very easy to listen to and would make a perfect summer beach read.

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very nice story

This was a story of friendship and resistance. lovely hart warming, caring sharing and trust

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The story was okay but . .

The theme of female friendship makes for a nice story but stories need to be factually correct when they involve a serious health issue that impacts too many women.
Spoiler alert
When would a surgeon perform a mastectomy without first undertaking a biopsy?
We don’t want to discourage women from seeking medical advice when a lump is discovered for fear of surgery without proper investigation so please authors, realise that some people can take away a misconstrued medical belief from a poorly written story.


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Not for me

I couldn’t get into this book, I gave up after 18 chapters (about 1/4 way through).

The performance was fine but I found the storyline moved too slowly. I could see the character building but it was slow and the victim energy that appeared at times was too much. I skipped ahead to find the adventures references in the description to see if I could move things along but I wasn’t hooked so gave up.

I hope you have better luck than I did.