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Cloudstreet | [Tim Winton]

Cloudstreet

Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.
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Publisher's Summary

Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years, they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

©2002 Tim Winton; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 08-13-13
    Taree SEBASTIAN, FL, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "still waiting"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    every time the storyline started to get good it would fall off it seemed to almost peak and then fall short


    Has Cloudstreet turned you off from other books in this genre?

    not in the genre but probably by this author


    What didn’t you like about Peter Hosking’s performance?

    he reads & voices well good intonation and character voice differences


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Healesville, Australia 08-12-13
    Sue Healesville, Australia 08-12-13

    An Aussie audiblian, I joined recently whe I got sick of music and talk back radio. Utterly hooked and trying to re educate myself.

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    "A quirky, but heartwarming Australian saga."
    What did you love best about Cloudstreet?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Cloudstreet to and why?

    I couldn't help feeling a similarity between the writing style of Tim Winton and Annie Proulx, although I'm not quite sure why.


    What about Peter Hosking’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    oz 08-05-13
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    "An Aussie masterpiece !"
    What did you love best about Cloudstreet?

    I love how its my ancestry in that time. The stories I've heard are nothing like Cloudstreet, but exactly like it !!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Peter Hosking’s performance did you like?

    No better person for this story, a great voice for the time and mix of personalities.


    If you could rename Cloudstreet, what would you call it?

    Our mob our way and that bloody pig!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is an onion!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    donna Wembley, Australia 02-18-13
    donna Wembley, Australia 02-18-13
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    "One house, two families"
    Where does Cloudstreet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 - I really enjoy the narrative


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cloudstreet?

    When Mr Lamb would spin the bottle


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the two mothers danced together at the wedding


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 10-20-11
    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 10-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Too long"

    I generally like long books when there is something to say. This was repetitive and lost me midway

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn anacortes, WA, USA 10-21-09
    Kathryn anacortes, WA, USA 10-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "well written and very entertaining"

    excellent

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penelope Perth, Australia 05-31-09
    Penelope Perth, Australia 05-31-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Cloudstreet is wonderful"

    Very enjoyable

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Olivia Juliet WOODSTOCK, NY, US 11-08-12
    Olivia Juliet WOODSTOCK, NY, US 11-08-12 Member Since 2009

    Olivia Juliet

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    "Hmm, I am Australian and I still hated this book"
    What disappointed you about Cloudstreet?

    These people are so pathetic and irritating. Really are these your relatives Tim?? Don't pretend that these are the true Aussies. It is so insulting! These are the people you would just bite the bullet to have for Christmas out of some sense of family loyalty and wish you didn't have to have them. I know I sound uppity but it is the truth. Talk about battlers!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Trying to look for more Aussie books for my American book club!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Do Australian writers have to focus on the battler or the convict?? Does no one else exist?

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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