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The Goodbye Party

By: Louis Nowra
Narrated by: Ben Oxenbould,Aaron Pedersen,Steve Bisley,Multicast,Jacinta Stapleton
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  • Summary

  • Please note: This series contains mature themes and listener discretion is advised.

    In 1984, Detective Eric O'Malley investigated the bizarre deaths of a young couple, their bodies found naked by the side of a creek in Sydney's northern suburbs. Shortly before their demise, O'Malley learned, the pair had attended a swingers' party.

    The case was barely open before it was deemed an accident. But O'Malley knew it was murder. He just couldn't prove it.

    Thirty-five years later, O'Malley is found dead in his flat in what looks like a drug overdose. But his son James knows something's amiss. His dad was close to solving that case after all these years. And someone else knew it.

    To track down his father's killer, James must find the men and women who were there on the fateful night when that young couple died. This was the night of 'The Goodbye Party' - and uncovering its secrets will lead James down a dark path, filled with horrific twists and turns.

    Inspired by Sydney's real-life Bogle-Chandler case, playwright Louis Nowra (writer of Australian classics Cosi, Radiance and The Golden Age) creates an enthralling multicast audio drama, featuring an exceptional cast including Ben Oxenbould (Deep Water, Wolf Creek), Steve Bisley (Water Rats, Mad Max), and Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, Jack Irish).

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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: The Funeral
    Sep 22 2019

    Ex-cop James O’Malley arrives at his father’s house to find him dead and five boxes of police files missing. Was it an overdose or foul play? At Eric’s funeral, ex-security man Paul Rossi tells James that Eric had been obsessed with solving a case from 1984, “The Goodbye Party”.

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    32 mins
  • Ep. 2: He Saw the Light
    Sep 22 2019

    In 1984, Bob and Evie Pratt hosted a swingers’ party, during which guests Murray and Alice died, supposedly victims of severe local pollution. But more than one person suspected murder. James and his neighbour Carla investigate the 1984 crime scene and try to understand the scandal that ruined the lives of most people at that party.

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    30 mins
  • Ep. 3: Dad's Ashes
    Sep 22 2019

    James interviews several interested parties including the man that discovered the bodies and the detective that says they died of sulphide gas. James also realises he’s falling in love with Carla, who helps him scatter his father’s ashes.

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    37 mins

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chapters

having to restart every chapter was a pain.
enjoyed everything else.,the story and performance.

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Outstandingly Good

This is an excellent production. More please. When is the next book due to be released. A new favourite.

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Very good Australian detective tale

Not complicated but well told. Really enjoyed the cast and the production. Recommended for easy listening.

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page turner

The story was really interesting. I just kept listening until the end. Loved the story, intrigue and the characters as read by the people. Highly recommend. Great listening!

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Loved it!

Easy to get into. Entertaining. Characters and portrayal fantastic! Easy listen. Highly recommended to all.

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great performance

awesome performance and loved listening - highly recommend audible version of this book. enjoyed the location detail of Sydney sites interwoven through story.

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Speechless!

Never heard of this author before but l am in awe of the storyline’s in this book. It has been quite a while since a book has held me spellbound and breathless by the end. Stunning in every way from writing to presentation this book has left me absolutely speechless. A very much must listen to…wish it had been a movie! Well done to everyone…

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a great writer at the top of her game.

excellent. this should be a movie or a mini series. Louise Nowra is a brilliant story teller at the top of her game. the story kept me guessing right to the end.

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Interesting Characters and plot

Not bad, i liked the different characters. The intro and outro music a bit annoying.

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