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  • The Widow of Walcha

  • A true story of love, lies and murder in a small country town
  • By: Emma Partridge
  • Narrated by: Jo Van Es
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (404 ratings)

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The Widow of Walcha

By: Emma Partridge
Narrated by: Jo Van Es
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The Widow of Walcha is a shocking true story about death, love and lies in the small NSW town of Walcha.

Shortlisted, 2023 Danger Awards, Nonfiction category

All farmer Mathew Dunbar ever wanted was to find love and have a family of his own. That’s why, just months after meeting Natasha Darcy, the much-loved grazier didn’t hesitate to sign over his multi-million-dollar estate to her.

When Mathew died in an apparent suicide soon afterwards, in a stranger-than-fiction twist, Natasha's estranged husband – who she was once charged with trying to kill – was the first paramedic on the scene after the murder.

Journalist and author Emma Partridge travelled to the cool and misty town of Walcha in the Northern Tablelands of NSW in the months after Mathew Dunbar's death, drawn by the town's collective worry that Natasha was going to get away with murder. Partridge spent months researching the case, interviewing Mathew’s friends, family and Natasha herself in an attempt to uncover her sickening web of lies and crimes.

The Widow of Walcha is about one of the most extraordinary criminal trials in Australia’s history and reveals Natasha’s sickening crimes against those she claimed to love, fuelled by her obsession with money.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Emma Partridge (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Australia

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Poorly written - an interesting story rendered dull

Author writes like a teenager, fluffing out the pages with banal details (what cars everyone was driving) and how she felt about everything (‘my heart was racing’).
This story would have made a good book but the writing lets it down.
The narration also makes author sound like an ingénue, which robs the narrative of journalistic gravitas. It just gets boring.
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Unbelievable

The actual story is bold and frightening.
However, the writer over-explains every detail as though it is being told to an 8 year old who has no world knowledge whatsoever.

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With more twists and turns than imaginable

A very well researched, written and told story. Emma Partridge, you should be congratulated on your skills as a leading criminal journalist in pulling this tale together so brilliantly. Jo, your audible narration was superb. Compelling from start to finish.

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Perfect example of how not to write or read

This really wasn’t much of a story. More like a dry re-telling of events that needed a strong end it. The narration didn’t do the book any favours. It was a monotone read that failed to engage from start to finish. Wish it was an actual book so I could skim read to the end. Hours of my life I won’t get back.

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Good read

Great story and great narrator. We worth the read. The story is wild but if you enjoy true crime it’s a must read.

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I really enjoyed how this true crime story was written!

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I really enjoyed how this true crime story was written!

Before listening to this audiobook I had never heard anything about Natasha Darcy, Mathew Dunbar, or the events surrounding his death.

The Widow of Walcha is well researched, and well written and I enjoyed how the author put herself into the story and made note of her own thoughts and feelings towards crime as she investigates.

The things Natasha Darcy did in her life were horrible. Well done to the NSW police for the vigilance, and persistence to hold he accountable.

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Best book in a long time

I was transfixed by this story from start to finish. Incredibly well written and narrated, it will stay with me for a long time.

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Really good book!

Such an interesting story, thoroughly recommend. It was narrated extremely well. If you like true crime then this one is for you!

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Too drawn out

Good story well written and narrated. However too much repeated and drawn out. I found myself fast forwarding too frequently.

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Great

This is a great book. I took a bit to get into it but was enthralled by the end.

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