Set amid the barren sand and sun of Central Australia, Kerry McGinnis’ tale of family, tragedy, and redemption finds a versatile suitor in the strains of Aussie actor Humphrey Bower. The Waddi Tree follows young Jim McAllister, sent to live on the cattle station of a well-to-do uncle after the tragic death of his mother. As he grows accustomed to his new life, the teenage Jim shows promise as a jackaroo. Jim begins to dream of his own cattleman career, but finds himself hampered by his family’s dark past. A prolific audiobook performer, Bower colors the proceedings with distinct character acting and impassioned diction. Bower lends rugged masculinity to McGinnis’ brawny bushmen, while nevertheless betraying the tenderness and insecurity that lurks within young Jim.
Sandy's young son Jim suffers the most. Left to rebuild his shattered world, he falls back on the larger-than-life station characters and the comfort of horses. This is tough country, where personal hardship is kept in perspective by drought, fire and isolation. The times are just as unforgiving, and as the years pass, Jim discovers that he must pay for his father's mistake as well as his own. Yet this harshly beautiful land is full of promise and a source of strength to Jim on his road from innocence to independence.
©2006 Kerry McGinnis; (P)2006 Bolinda Publishers Pty Ltd.
"McGinnis has the eye of a painter; she writes as she sees and the land come alive." (Weekend Australian)
Picked this book because Humphrey Bower was narrating. He is on my very very very short list of favorite voices. This story is wonderful; however I believe that this author could have made this into an exceptional book by reducing the amount of characters and going in-depth with main characters.
I just felt that I had not gotten to know anyone in within this novel.
If you did your "apprenticeship" as a Jackaroo in the 60's or before, you will relive the skills, demands, responsibilities, and sheer hard work of a cattle man.
It brought back memories. The descriptions were accurate (notwithstanding the geography), and the characters were spot on.
As they say…you had to be there to understand.
First book I have listened to.
Bower is outstanding!!!
Far and away the top narrator in the world.
Laughed out loud with some of the typical Aussie humour.
Kerry McGinnis either did a great deal of research or was really there at the time.
I picked this book because it was narrated by my favorite, Humphrey Bower. And as always, he does not disappoint. This story, set in Australia, tells the story of two branches of the McAllister family. The main character whom the story unfolds around is Jim, who is a youngster when the story begins. We see him thru to adulthood. Kerry McGinnis gives us wonderful visuals of the outback and the inhabitants who live on a working stock farm/station there. I would recommend this book. It is not a fast paced thriller that burns up the pages with action but is a wonderfully layered story of a family who learns to live with tragedy and each other's quirks!
I grew up in Whyalla Australia and moved to Canada when I was 13. The writer has such a great knowledge and was able to paint a picture of the country,the weather,the relationships life on a station and so on. I really liked the book up to the ending.
I had hoped sentimentally I suppose that the writer could had provided more detail around the conclusion between Jim and Rob, the with the marriage to Ruth and her acceptance of the brother.Would have been nice to have closure on this perhaps in an epilogue if you didn't want to do a chapter. Leaving it to s to figure let me down a bit.
All in all a great yarn with true blue use of the language.
I reackon some not Australian would have some problems with the lingo. I assume in the written format you have a slang dictionary or they can sure find one on the net. Nice work look forward to more form the writer.
If I could give this novel a 6 out of 5 I would. Terrific story where you laugh and cry with the main character, Jim, as he grows and develops after a tragic family accident and the lost of his father to booze. The Australian landscape is vibrant; and absolutely no one is better than Humphrey Bower. I wish there were more books by Kerry McGinnis. This is a 'must download'.
haven,t read the print
Humphrey bower as a story teller in the audio is good
Well narrated and a glimpse into a life in outback Australia.
It is always good to listen to a story of pioneers.
Very descriptive story, I love family sagas.
I loved this book, a great australian story
yes i will be looking out for titles
the narrator was great he gave each person in the book a special way of coming to life
yes read more books
take to time to listen to this one...great story about an australian family and the lives
I am continuing to listen to this book because the reader is fantastic. One of my all time favorites. But nothing is happening in this book and I'm nearly done! I'm disappointed. I have listened to numerouse Bryce Courtenay books and I love them. I thought I'd try a different author with Australia as the background. No comparison. Stick with Courtenay!
"An Absolute Gem"
A truly beautiful, well rounded coming of age story that will break your heart and mend it again. If you liked Shena Mackay's The Orchard on Fire, you will love this. I cannot fault it.
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