©2003 Tim Winton; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I love Winton's writing and his ability to paint such a powerful picture of Western Australia's landscapes and people. This was a good story, if a little predictable, but well developed and had a satisfying ending.
It was my second Winton audiobook, after "Breath", which I'd loved. The narrator in Breath had managed to inhabit his characters fully and present the story with full understanding of the text, which brought it very much to life.
The narrator in Dirt Music seemed often to lack understanding of what she was reading and I found myself thinking "I'd have read that passage differently" to give a different emphasis and atmosphere. Everything was read with much the same intonation, which became like a repeating tune after a while. I found myself trying to appreciate the story in spite of her, rather than because of her delivery.
I enjoyed this book despite my disappointment with the narration because Winton's characterisation and description lifted it beyond the telling of it.
the reader makes it a real Westaustralian story
I would have liked to know if Fox survived :-)
Fantastic describtion of characters and scenerie. - I sometimes struggled to follow the story but in the end everything fell in place.
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