©2002 Tim Winton; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
AudioFile Earphones Award, Exceptional Audio Performance, 2004
"One of those rare novels that warm the heart, as well as spark the imagination." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Peter Hosking's performance is true to Winton's unsentimental exploration into humankind's ability to love and survive amid adversity....His characterizations, including an aboriginal ghost and a talking pig, are earthy, real, and frequently hilarious." (AudioFile)
Love the outdoors and like to spirit a good book or audiobook into my pack. Live in the bush, grow much of my food and make stuff by hand.
I read this book years ago, when it first came out, and thought enough time had gone by for it not to feel overly familiar in the audio version. While the outline of the story was still there in my mind, I was delighted to find that the reading made it as fresh for me as though new. It's a wonderful story, flowing over time, weaving together characters and elements, the language original and apposite, the whole coming richly to life in the performance of Peter Hosking. This is one of those books you don't want to end. Still one of Winton's best after all these years.
A wonderful story of two families and how their lives intertwine. Descriptively written and very skilfully narrated, there is no wonder that this book has earned the accolades it so deserves. As a baby boomer in Australia, I appreciated and connected with many of the experiences so vividly presented in Cloudstreet, but you wouldn't need to be of that vintage to enjoy the story.
every time the storyline started to get good it would fall off it seemed to almost peak and then fall short
not in the genre but probably by this author
he reads & voices well good intonation and character voice differences
there are a couple of parts of the book with the Rose character where the storyline gets going in a really good directions but unfortunately falls short of delivering a good read all the way through
An Aussie audiblian, I joined recently whe I got sick of music and talk back radio. Utterly hooked and trying to re educate myself.
I read Cloudstreet some years ago but found it difficult to get past Tim Winton's unusual style of minimal punctuation and loose sentence structure. Just hearing it was the best part for me because I could soak up all the story without being distracted by the writing style.
I couldn't help feeling a similarity between the writing style of Tim Winton and Annie Proulx, although I'm not quite sure why.
I struggled with Peter Hosking's 'Aussie-ness' at first (even though I am an Aussie myself) but gradually I warmed to it and found it restful and soothing. He does not change tone excessively and is less theatrical than other narrators I have heard but this was fine with me.
This is a great book that could be shared by a family of parents and older kids because the main theme is about family. The quirkiness of the characters, at times makes them almost cartoon like and funny, but there are also moments of real tenderness. Tim Winton gives the reader a true sense of the lifestyle of Australia in that era of the 40's, 50's & 60's. For anyone interested in quality Australian fiction this is a good book to start with.
I love how its my ancestry in that time. The stories I've heard are nothing like Cloudstreet, but exactly like it !!
The house itself, I've been in ones like this where you can feel the history of its people. And they don't let you go, you always remember.
No better person for this story, a great voice for the time and mix of personalities.
Our mob our way and that bloody pig!
This book is an onion!
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
I loved the honest innocence of the tale, the way Oriel raised two families, eventually all together as one tribe...and I loved Lester. I didn't need the ghosts, those two families struggling to survive poverty, the war, the depression was adventure enough for me.
When Lester bought the racehorse for deliveries, I laughed till I cried. And I thought the scene of Dolly and Rose coming to comfort each other was beautifully done.
Fish, such a beautiful boy and the tragedy of his life and his last glorious victory in the water.
I laughed and cried throughout the telling, this book is so geniune. I am sure I will know it by heart, before I tire of it. Worth the credit!
Top 10 - I really enjoy the narrative
When Mr Lamb would spin the bottle
When the two mothers danced together at the wedding
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