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The Waddi Tree | [Kerry McGinnis]

The Waddi Tree

Two branches of the McAllister family lead very different lives on cattle stations in Central Australia. Rob, a stickler for correctness, manages a wealthy, company-owned property while his easygoing brother Sandy struggles to support his wife and son on an impoverished leasehold. When tragedy throws the families together, it ultimately drives them even further apart.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

Two branches of the McAllister family lead very different lives on cattle stations in Central Australia. Rob, a stickler for correctness, manages a wealthy, company-owned property while his easygoing brother, Sandy, struggles to support his wife and son on an impoverished leasehold. When tragedy throws the families together, it ultimately drives them even further apart.

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.

What the Critics Say

"McGinnis has the eye of a painter; she writes as she sees and the land come alive." (Weekend Australian)

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    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 08-06-08
    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 08-06-08
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    "Enjoyable"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl D San Antonio, TX, USA 08-05-08
    Cheryl D San Antonio, TX, USA 08-05-08
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    "The Australian landscape comes alive."

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 08-23-14
    Ben 08-23-14
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    "THE WAY IT WAS"
    Would you listen to The Waddi Tree again? Why?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kerry McGinnis before, how does this one compare?

    First book I have listened to.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Bower is outstanding!!!
    Far and away the top narrator in the world.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud with some of the typical Aussie humour.


    Any additional comments?

    Kerry McGinnis either did a great deal of research or was really there at the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    George Nepean, ON, Canada 01-26-08
    George Nepean, ON, Canada 01-26-08
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    "Wonderful"

    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.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey craigmore, Australia 11-12-13
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 11-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Waddi Tree to be better than the print version?

    haven,t read the print


    What did you like best about this story?

    Humphrey bower as a story teller in the audio is good


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    as jim


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vikki Merewether, Australia 06-03-13
    Vikki Merewether, Australia 06-03-13
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    "Lovely tale of the Australian outback."
    What made the experience of listening to The Waddi Tree the most enjoyable?

    Well narrated and a glimpse into a life in outback Australia.


    What other book might you compare The Waddi Tree to and why?

    It is always good to listen to a story of pioneers.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very descriptive story, I love family sagas.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sath Alexandra hills, Australia 12-27-12
    Sath Alexandra hills, Australia 12-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved this book, a great australian story


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kerry McGinnis? Why or why not?

    yes i will be looking out for titles


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the narrator was great he gave each person in the book a special way of coming to life


    Did The Waddi Tree inspire you to do anything?

    yes read more books


    Any additional comments?

    take to time to listen to this one...great story about an australian family and the lives

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leisa Eagle, ID, United States 12-04-10
    Leisa Eagle, ID, United States 12-04-10 Member Since 2003
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    "I might give up."

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 04-25-10
    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 04-25-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Powerful! A Wonderful Yarn!"

    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'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "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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