All 4 novels of the Jack Irish stories have won this award either as shared 'best novel' or 'best novel'.. His later novels 'Truth' and 'Broken Shore' went on to win the highly coveted Miles Franklin Award (and other awards too).
One has to smile at the escape from a fate almost as bad it comes,. to go on to the 'other games' at the track with a rescued killer racehorse. Well Jack Irish is a hero after all, and this is fiction, He may be bruised and badly shaken and still possess all too human foibles and peccadillos and it is these that bring him back.to being an almost normal bloke.
If you have not met Jack before I would suggest listening to the earlier stories in this series because many of the notable characters are introduced and fleshed out there. The ongoing stories include Jack's friends, contacts, neighnours and mates who are in his life. It is with these friends that much of the funny repartee is expressed.
Without knowing the characters it would be too easy to get lost with the names or their relevance to the story.. Some are incidental to the major plot, while others are more involved. Cabinet making, like the track is very much part of his life.
Not a lot of fluff, this story requires listening and is better taken slowly or you could miss very important details, Like Temple's other novels in the series, it paints a fictional picture, not too far from the truth, of Melbourne and the bad boys. It still rains a lot.
There is a white dog in this story though why it becomes the title is a bit of a mystery to me.
(There is a little bit of kids magic, used by parents to keep children quiet in the car about having to cross your fingers and not talk if you see a white horse, and keep them crossed and stay zipped until you see a black dog.) Maybe dogs are a motif for Jack Irish stories. Maybe it is like 'the last straw' and maybe I have just missed something.
Marco Chiappi is spot on as narrator and makes this a very good listen.
'Australian' idiom and humour may be lost on some listeners.
James Henry does a decent Frost story and Stephen Thorne is the better reader..
I may prefer Sean Barrett as the narrator, as he does have a real skill with European stories, however having read and enjoyed so many of Camilleri novels my ear still hears the humour. And Daniel Philpott does a fair iob.
An inspector of police based in Sicily must have a sense of humour. Our aging Inspector is growing weary of the horrors he encounters and still needs to manoeuver around and through the endemic political corruption to achieve a just result. True to form when one of his men goes missing his plans for a few days and nights with Livia are forgotten.
A good story well read.
I do hope Oakhill continue to publish more Camilleri
With Redfern as author I was expecting so much more.And Why? an American reader?
Miost of this is a series of statements of 'the bleeding obvious'.
If you have been in a coma or solitary confinement for 50 years then this a quick expensive update
To be fair, I did learn a little more about Radar in the 50's and the ET request to have British minders.
Having not seen or read this play before, I loved it.
And for my money $5.00 is not too high a price. I will now be looking out for a live performance and I do expect it will be an amateur theatre group who puts it on.
First performed in the US in 1933.
It does evoke the 1930's and I imagine it would be great fun and a challenge to perform well.
And not a lot of Miss M, though she does show up with her knitting.
I did find myself wondering 'who did it?' when my main suspect was ruled out, only to be reinstated later.
Richard E Grant did read quite nicely thank you. A few fluffs at times though that really did not detract very much, More perhaps that a real live person was reading me a story and that is always a treat.
All up a lovely Christie I had never read before and enjoyed very much.
I expect I will up this to a 5 rating after a second listen
From the local Inspector's dismissal of this 'most uninteresting murder' and Maigret's expectation of a routine investigation to Maigret's report on the murder we are truly led through a shifting mirage.
Set in 1930 France, there is both careful investigating and world weariness as counterpoints. As listener you may well guess this and that but for me the story is in the story. It is in the homes, the hotel rooms, the bars and restaurants, the streets. trains, bridges and the people who are moved through the investigation.
So there is no great car race. shooting spree or jumping out of tall buildings but an unfolding of the why and how. The truth does come out of the shadows and the story lingers.
Written under the pseudonym 'J. J. Marric', John Creasy won the MWA Edgar award for Best Novel in 1962 for this story.
It follows a few days in the life of Gideon, and to me reads more like a crime, police procedural. We also get to glimpse a cross section of the crims his Section in ScotlandYard is following.
It is an interesting take on the early 1960's and very well read by Hugh Kermode.
In future when I am looking for an entertaing crime fiction story I expect I will try a few more in this Series.
Some of the crimes are anything but friendly or funny and, there is light humour and humanity as Gideon keeps up the pace in difficult times.
Maybe a fireside or beach listen
This work sits in Contemporary Fiction, yet it a suspense and murder mystery too.
Beautifully narrated by Jonathan Keeble. I had read this a few years ago and have found the narration by Jonathan has given the story another dimension.
Some characters are almost thunbnail sketches and some are so finely detailed and others are given an Impressionist's brush. They all fit well together.
This is Zoe Ferraris' second book set in Saudi Arabia that I have read.
I do hope Zoe Ferraris continues to write and that her books become available through Audible.
I have enioyed a few other of Pearce's novels, and I was not expecting a lot from this one.
Mantle is not my favourite narrator for his stories about 'A Dead Man in....'
It was a most interesting plot and well read.
No car chases or superpersons or steamy sexual descriptions, the light hearted humour is still there and there is a mystery...who did kill cock robin?.. and why!
Set in Europe before The Great War. Seymore is sent to Gibralter and Barcelona superficially to investigate theft of Naval Stores while he tries to learn why and how an Englishman died in a Spanish Prison.
It could be an uncle, a grandad.
Forget Shakespearean oratory and pompous posturing.
Well maybe you may need to understand that the double entendre can work two ways. These are metaphysical poems.
This is no dry preacher watching his mistress getting ready for bed or pontificating about the meeting of souls or minds.
Each piece is named and the interpretation of the lines is just glorious.
I love this recording and I would love more Donne narrated by Whitehead and Keen ( are you reading this NAXOS? )
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