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Jaxie dreads going home. His mum’s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. And then, in one terrible moment, his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. 

There’s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt.

©2018 Tim Winton; 2018 W. F. Howes Ltd (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • 02-04-2018

Bloody ripper!

This book will probably win a stack of literary prizes, but don’t let that put you off. The story, the land, the kid’s voice, the woman reading it are tight and true. You’ll find long detours and extra jobs just to keep listening.

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Wonderful story, evocative descriptions of country and men, two extraordinary characterisations. Tough journey but ultimately so redemptive. Highlight was the perfect choice of narrator; Kate brought the story alive with exquisite rendering of our main protagonists: best of any Audible book so far. .

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A masterpiece in every way

Not sure which was better; Winton's story and writing, or the stunning performance by Kate Mulvany. Both are brilliant!

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a story of finding yourself

Very gritty story. Written in the first person the language is a rough vernacular. Some people may not like the frequent use of the f*** word. However it is a story about a very tough young male. It took me a while to get used to having a female voice narrate for a young teenage character, but Kate was excellent. After I settled into the style I couldn't put the book down. The depth in the writing is awesome.

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A masterpiece

Tim Winton at the top of his game. Don't miss this utterly absorbing, captivating read. A true study in the mastery of 'voice'. Themes of masculinity in our culture that are just so important to acknowledge and explore.

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it was good

I thought there would be a bit more insight into the old man's story, but then it kinda developed too quickly and ended...I still enjoyed it. I normally grab long books, so this one was like a blink of an eye😄

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Jasper Jones meets wake in fright

Tim Winton doesn't wimp out on dark detail. And every boy needs an old man who's fucked up some to teach him about forgiveness.

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Narrator

If ever there was an audio book that needed a male narrator, it was this one.

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Would make a good Australian movie.

The story line is very good, with the characters being realistic. A tumultuous conclusion makes it a complete read.

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Gripping

Unexpected twists and turns are encountered in a quintessential Aussie forthright honesty. Kept me listening non stop.
I do wonder if anyone outside Australia or of certain generation will be able to understand every second word though.