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The Orchard

By: Mike Jones, Mike Cowap
Narrated by: Eric Bana, Gary Sweet, Magda Szubanski
  • Summary

  • Winner in the Best Podcast Fiction category at the 2022 Banff Rockie Awards.

    Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

    At the edge of an old orchard, on the grounds of an exclusive private girls’ school, a teenage boy is found dead. Was it murder, suicide, or something else?

    Disaffected police detective and struggling single parent, Adam Durwood, is assigned to investigate, but the closer he looks the more the facts don’t add up. At the centre of the mystery are three beguiling and manipulative teenagers who seem to know much more than they should, and are slowly drawing Adam into a web he can’t see....

    Blending crime drama and supernatural mystery, The Orchard is a ground-breaking Audible Original series immersing audiences in a haunting tale of memory, myth and unnatural forces.

    Written by Mike Jones and Mike Cowap and produced by Princess Pictures.

    Performed by Eric Bana, Gary Sweet, Magda Szubanski, Olivia Deeble, Lisa-Marie Shaw and Ashleigh-Rose Nicholson.

    ©2021 Princess Pictures Digital Pty Ltd (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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  • Ep 1: Memories of Others
    Sep 7 2021

    Teenager Thomas Royale meets three girls in an orchard on the grounds of a remote private girls’ school. The next morning his cold, naked body is discovered with head wounds and a broken neck. Detective Adam Durwood is reluctant to take the case having promised to quit the force to repair his fractured relationship with his 12-year-old daughter, Lily.

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    16 mins
  • Ep 2: Chasing Figments
    Sep 7 2021

    Adam must interview the teenage girls who were rehearsing for the school play, Macbeth, with Thomas before he died but meets resistance from the school principal. The delivery driver who found the corpse is equally reluctant to meet Adam as he struggles to cope with what he saw. Adam’s daughter Lily’s strange behaviour attracts the attention of the school bullies.

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    18 mins
  • Ep 3: Knots and Feathers and Thorns
    Sep 7 2021

    The school’s superiors continue to frustrate Adam’s attempts to interview the three girls, but he tracks down Eva Tatiana, the girls’ enigmatic and protective teacher, and grills her for some insight into the impregnable dynamics of the private girls’ school. Lily, meanwhile, ventures into the apple orchard where she has a haunting encounter.

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    20 mins

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an outstanding performance

I totally enjoyed this book. Finished it in 2 days considering I only listen during my morning walks but had to keep listening because I was totally immersed in the amazing performance of Eric Banna and casts and had to find out the whole story. Totally recommend this book.

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wow. what an amazing book. Draws you in

wow. what an amazing book. Draws you in and makes you feel like you are watching it and even there within the story

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great story

thuis story blew me away, not really into fictional audio books but I am now

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Listened to it in one day

Great story and superbly performed by Eric, Gary and Magda
Drew me in from the first episode

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Orchard podcast

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this so played it on recommendation. it was enjoyable in the story that unfolded with the twists and turns throughout 13 episodes. Wouldn't have thought an orchard would be so powerful. Hopefully they make more episodes.

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Amazeballs (unexpected)

This pod is very well done can't wait for more, I feel a part 2 there might be.

Love Eric Bana too.

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Love the audio acting!

Great acting and sound effects. The story is believable enough and keeps you entertained. The acting is great!

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Captivating performance 🤩

Eric Bana is simply superb. And storyline is great too! It draws you in and I didn’t want it to end.

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Awesome

loved it...couldn't stop listening fantastic narrative and sound effects loved the twist at the end

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Excellent!

I really enjoyed the story and performances over a Sunday afternoon of gardening. Bravo!

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