Arthur Upfield's The Bone is Pointed> follows Inspector Bonaparte who solves mysteries in the Australian outback. Published in the 1940's, this story not only offers up a good mystery but also a portrait of the aborigines and Australia in the early 20th century. Peter Hoskig tackles this story with verve. He speaks with a clear Australian accent while developing the characters believably, giving each his own attributes. Meanwhile, his varied pacing makes the story easy to follow. Mystery lovers and history buffs alike will have fun with the Inspector Bonaparte Mysteries.
Jack Anderson was a big man with a foul temper, a sadist and a drunk. Five months after his horse appeared riderless, no trace of the man has surfaced and no one seems to care. But Bony is determined to follow the cold trail and smoke out some answers.
©1998 Arthur W Upfield (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
This book is cookie cutter, if you listen to the first half hour and stop it, then write on a piece of paper what you think the ending will be - you will be right, as a matter of fact unless this is the first book you have ever read, nothing happens in this story that is not predictable. I ended up listening to the whole thing thinking that something had to happen to take it out of the mould, but it never did, it just plods along like a high school writing project.
better use of your time out there, not recommended.
I discovered the Boney series about 10 years ago. I am glad that Audible has made them available. This is one of the better reads of the series, an early book in the series and one that gives a good introduction to Detective Bonaparte and Austrailia in the 1930s.
Period Time Piece
the Strong character portrayal of 1930's Australian Outback life, is extremely well done. Even if not considered correct PC for most modern work.
the sands of windee
all australian as ever
arthur upfields portral of the times gone by and the mysterys are well in tune
Smack bang in the middle.
"Saw it coming from a mile off" would be a better description. But that was part of the fun. What kept me going was the pleasure of an Australian story, after way too many listens from the other side of the planet.
This is my first, and an enjoyable listen it was.
An occasional small smile.
This is not highbrow literature, and has its fair share of cardboard cut out characters, but they were fun cutouts.
This book is at least as rivoting as Non-Christie golden age mysteries. It is not a cozy, but rather an Australian western. If you are one of those revisionists who prefer not to acknowledge the social norms of another age, then you might find this book's characters socially disturbing. I am one who says ," It was what it was and we can learn from the past if we have an inkling of what that might have been", so I liked the book. It is certainly mid--century and Australian.
Peter Hosking did a fine job of being Australian without accenting his words so much that an American could not understand what he was saying.
description of the different scences
Bony beating the death sentence
Bony meets his match
great book most enjoyable to listen too.
I really enjoyed listening to this story - more for the story itself than for the narration. For some reason I couldn't take to Peter Hosking's voice... it was okay at first but started to grate on me after a while. There's a kind of constant upturn and clipping note in each of his sentences - quite distracting. I did my level best to ignore this and eventually it didn't bother me as much.
The most outstanding part of this book is the detailed insight it gives into the customs, beliefs and lifestyle of Australian Aborigines. If you're interested in learning about their culture, Upfield's work is a great place to start. I'd be really interested to hear what today's blackfellas think of this book. Cheers to Arthur Upfield - what an amazing man!
I really enjoyed this novel. Set in the early 20th century in Australia, it gives us a glimpse into a different society and a different culture. It gives us an insight into an amazing people, the Australian Aborigine, who like indigenous peoples all over the globe, their mental and spiritual gifts have been lost in the whirlpool of European culture.
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