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  • Summary

  • Famous musician William Hamilton, vanished from the Maleny Hinterlands in 1994 under puzzling circumstances — no one has seen or heard from him since. When two podcasters, Adam and Simon, decide to solve the 25-year-old mystery, they travel with Lilly, William’s youngest daughter, to the secluded Hamilton estate for a long weekend. Lilly has granted the pair unprecedented access to the reclusive Gloria, William’s wife, who hasn’t given an interview since he disappeared. But when they arrive, they find Gloria in a state of mental decline and they’re not the only ones searching for answers. Lilly’s older sister, Norah – a musician who lives in the shadow of her absent father – is desperate to discover the truth from Gloria before it’s lost for good. Yet William’s sister Rachel is fiercely uncooperative and there even seems to be an intruder on the property. The deeper Adam and Simon get with their investigation, the more the lines between voyeur and subject become blurred. As events reach a shattering climax, it becomes clear that somebody is willing to go to violent lengths to uncover the dark secrets at the heart of this famous family....

    Written and directed by Clare Sladden and performed by a stellar cast including Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things), Yael Stone (Orange Is the New Black), Noni Hazlehurst (The End), David Berry (Outlander), Anna McGahan (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger), Gabrielle Rogers (All Saints) with original music performed by Bernard Fanning and Elana Stone (All Our Exes Live In Texas) and with special guest Clementine Ford (Fight Like a Girl).

    Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

    ©2020 Loveology Films Pty Ltd and Broken Head Productions (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd
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Episodes
  • Ep 1: Euterpe

    Nov 23 2020

    Singer/songwriter William Hamilton disappeared 25 years ago and now two true-crime podcasters want to solve the mystery. Adam and Simon uncover a sensational new piece of evidence in the cold case and set their course for the Hamilton estate.

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    44 mins
  • Ep 2: Polyhymnia

    Nov 23 2020

    Adam, Simon and Lilly arrive at Wisteria to interview Gloria Hamilton, but find a woman in the throes of dementia. Their access is restricted by William’s sister Rachel and his eldest daughter Norah, until a photograph raises questions that only Gloria can answer.

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    38 mins
  • Ep 3: Terpsichore

    Nov 23 2020

    With Norah on-side, Adam and Simon are granted the first interview with Gloria since her husband disappeared. A trip across the mountains solves one mystery but raises plenty of difficult questions – and then an intruder is found on the property.

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    39 mins

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fabulous concept and delivery

fabulous concept and delivery, and a high water mark set for audible books. thank you

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Just Brilliant

Loved this. Couldn’t sleep as I didn’t want to stop listening. Great characterisations. Loved the music and the suspense was well done. Well written.

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You won't want to stop listening the entire time.

This story is incredibly compelling and told in a masterful way by a very talented crew. It feels like you're watching a movie that you don't want to pause the entire time - there's so much suspense and it's impossible to guess what's going to happen at the end.

Clare Sladden and Danielle Redford have expertly directed and produced this production, pulling together some of Australia's best actors who tell the story beautifully.

The cherry on top of a suspenseful and engaging story is the music performances, particularly Bernard Fanning's William Hamilton and Elana Stone's Norah. 5/5 stars, highly recommend.

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The best thing 2020 has produced.

This podcast is hypnotic. It has a power to draw you in seldom heard in this medium. Thr plot is solid. The twists and turns are genuinely surprising. The voice acting, music and background sound engineering is awesome. Such a well constructed production.

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  • Sue
  • 08-12-2020

A unique delivery

I loved the story foremat with the individual characters speaking 'live' and the way the story unfolded. when I downloaded it, I thought it was going to be an actual podcast so it was great to find out was a play about a podcast instead. The music was good too.

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Very Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this. As a fan of pod casts I had a hard time not believing this was a true life story. Thank you

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Captivating

I have tried other titles that did not thrill me. I was recommended this title by friends and Im so glad I did. I have been hooked since the first stum of the original music score and the building storylines. It feels like a show for my ears and imagination. Share the word or sound for that matter its a brilliant series

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Intriguing

Like some other reviewers, I too found myself googling the Hamilton musicians as I thought it was a true story also.

It kept me intrigued all the way through, It was so very well done, Highly recommend this one.

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Excellent in every way!

Such a different audiobook in a sea of sameness. Altho I did guess the outcome, (poss because I'm a musician & understand the songwriting world), I never saw the twists & turns which kept me hanging in till the end. The music & background audio was beautifully produced & tho having multiple acting voices isn't my fav thing, every voice in this was outstanding acting. Aussie accents always sound a little contrived in audiobooks & this one was no exception, but it didn't detract from the brilliance of the production overall. More, more, more!

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self indulgent predicablity

Not really an audio book, more an actors ole skool radio show. Too much drama with little content and busy musical overlays of unrefined intent.

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  • susan polk
  • 01-12-2020

Captivating, Immersive & Addicting

I can’t say enough about “Winding Road”! I was looking for something heady and mysterious to get me through a 12 hour road trip. I wanted something engaging that I could disappear in for a long time. On a recommendation from a friend I gave a listen and could not be happier. The writing is top notch, and the PERFORMANCES... Dacre Montgomery and the entire cast are thrilling. Binged it all right away, couldn’t stop. Still thinking my own thoughts in an Australian accent! :o)

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  • Samantha Kraupner
  • 16-12-2020

A great listen!

I really enjoyed this series. It had a couple of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Well written, well performed and well produced. It was great to hear two of my favorites from the television show A Place To Call Home (David and Noni) together again for this production.

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  • 07-12-2020

Exceptional!

The story, the narrators!! It definitely doesn’t have the ending your expecting, at least not for me. I forgot for a minute that it wasn’t a real podcast about real people. Looking forward to more from Clare, and the team of narrators!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-2020

Compelling and heartbreaking

All I can say is the story of all the people involved was very sad and I want to thank everyone for the tell. May you all rise to live another beautiful day!!!!!!

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  • liz
  • 17-04-2021

fabulous fabulous

wonderful. I love when a story is a podcast or a podcast is a story. depends how you look at it this having the music was a nice bonus. I would actually listen to a soundtrack in a min. this reminded me of Alex Woodard and his book for the sender. it also includes songs that are fabulous. I didn't want this to end and it's going to be hard to find another like it. thanks for a great story. even if I did figure it out ,🙂

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  • Mary Schafer
  • 06-03-2021

Amazing

This is by far the best podcast I have listened to. Thank you for sharing your story

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  • Admiralu
  • 04-01-2021

Another Superb Audio Drama

This was another superb audio drama podcast from Audible. The story of a legendary music artist missing for over 25 years leads two podcast hosts on a mission to find out what happened. Along with two of the artist’s daughters, one of which is an artist in her own right, they will discover dark secrets that lead to a dangerous path. Excellent cast and production and original music is included. Twists and turns you don’t see coming, it’s better than some of the newer thrillers I’ve listened to on Audible. I love these and hope they keep coming.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-2020

A Gripping Mystery

The interwoven original music is a beautiful addition to this intriguing thriller. Wonderfully written, it hooks you in with complex characters and great performances. I was desperate for answers and it delivered!

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  • Benjamin Cotgrove
  • 25-11-2020

Captivating Original Thriller

Easy to forget this murder-mystery isn't a true story. Beautifully performed by the cast and written and produced in a way that blurs the line between real-life and fiction with unnerving ease. A great listen!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-2020

Couldn't recommend it more!

I normally refrain from leaving message through sheer apathy ; however, this story had me hooked all the way along. It was brilliant to escape to, well performed, great music and a good tied up ending.

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  • Ruby Joy
  • 18-01-2021

Thought it was great until it got stupid

No spoilers ! The story was great until a big reveal that was just dumb.

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  • Rachel Shepherd
  • 17-12-2020

Very enjoyable

Very enjoyable with lots of twists & turns, didn't predict the ending. Would recommend .

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  • Scout
  • 27-03-2021

Would recommend, the end can be triggering though

I was really gripped by this story, initially I thought it was going to be a pompous over the top nonsense type of story but I stuck with it in bed at night, the acting was really good and I have a very vivid imagination which this sparked so well I could image every detail in my mind as though I was watching it rather than just listening, but it had a better feel being able to go into my imagination as I suffer from anxiety and like being able to actually escape into my own mind rather than feel trapped in it, it’s a welcome relief as I said until the end and personally finding it quite triggering via emotions, but I would defo recommend listening to this and it’s free so why not!

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  • MR D J WILSON
  • 20-03-2021

Really engulfing, very interesting, enjoyed it.

You simply couldn't have predicted the twists and turns, all consuming, engulfing, difficult to stop listening.

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  • Liam N
  • 19-03-2021

Great listening

I thought this was brilliant, it really reels you in and you want to listen to the next episode

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  • mazza_forever
  • 23-02-2021

Where fiction and fact are blurred

This drama takes the form of a podcast and successfully draws you in so that you can believe that is is based on real events. The live music running through it is incredibly well written and put together for both the male and female singers. The early parts properly reflected the gradual loss of hope that contrasted sharply with the pace after the character twist.. it was 'unputdownable' at that point. A well rounded drama!

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  • JD
  • 14-12-2020

One of the best stories - absolutely loved it

I genuinely thought it was a real life story. So much so that I googled it after I finished only to learn its fiction. There were times I just wanted to google for answers but so glad I did not do it. Smooth listening and its been added to my favourites.

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