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All the Birds, Singing | [Evie Wyld]

All the Birds, Singing

Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award

Winner of the Miles Franklin Award

Winner of the Encore Award

Winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize

Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction

Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.

It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake’s unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.

©2013 Evie Wyld (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd, published in the UK by Random House Audiobooks

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  • Spirit
    Cornwall
    9/11/14
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    "tense and emotional"
    Would you consider the audio edition of All the Birds, Singing to be better than the print version?

    The narration was very good and well paced


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Birds, Singing?

    I loved the what the story unfolded backwards and forwards. I loved the backwards narrative. Made it very tense


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?

    Jake was such a multifaceted character - so much depth


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this at bedtime. I had to stop as it was not helping me sleep - I got far too tense. There is a sense of horror building which makes it very compelling and dark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Estelle
    8/17/14
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    "Annoyingly incomplete and woeful accents!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm afraid this audiobook was ruined for me by the unbelievably bad British accents of the reader. They wavered from vaguely Scottish to Irish, to Yorkshire, to Welsh, to Indian! I just couldn't take it seriously - and as for the imitations of birdsong - I know it's a tall order, and I doubt if I could do them either - but I was in stitches!


    Would you recommend All the Birds, Singing to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - I found it annoying that the book ended with me having an incomplete picture of the entire story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    Only if she sticks to her own accent!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Twickenham, United Kingdom
    8/3/14
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    "Terrific"
    Would you listen to All the Birds, Singing again? Why?

    Maybe. After along gap. Her writing is so powerful that it stays clear in the memory for quite a time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters. I love the way Evie Wyld just feeds you little morsels at a time, so that your appetite goes on increasing. She creates raw people, all roughly hewn from life, and through her brilliant writing, breathes a life into them all that leaves you gasping.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    She was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read two of her books and can't wait for the next. I think she is a contender for the place in Australian contemporary fiction that Tim Winton has been holding for some time.

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