Winner of the Ned Kelly Award, Australia's major prize for crime fiction, The Broken Shore is a transfixing novel about a place, a family, politics, and power - and the need to live decently in a world where so much is rotten.
©2005 Peter Temple; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"A towering achievement....Indispensable." (Guardian)
"A grim, brutally involving crime novel...It's one of those books you can't wait to finish and then can only regret that it's ended." (The New York Daily News)
"Temple's novel racked up the awards in Australia, and it's easy to see why: this deeply intelligent thriller starts slowly, builds inexorably, and ends unforgettably." (Booklist)
"Beautifully written....Byzantine plot twists and incisively drawn characters combine with stunning descriptions of the wild, lush, menacing Australian landscape to make this...unforgettable." (Publishers Weekly)
Superb. Beautifully written noir detective yarn set in Australia that is wonderfully read. Hearing it in the colorful accent of an Australian enhances the book and adds to the local feeling. The writing is wonderful, with a lot of snide, dark humor. I've gone on to read two other books of Temple's and enjoyed them both.
Peter Temple knows how to write characters, deep, with history yet brevity of prose, the plot is multi-layer, reminding me of "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo". I loved the narrator, taking a bit of time to get used to the Aussie accent and colloquialisms. Short sentences, searing scenes, this book was gripping until the last sentence. Highly recommend.
On the whole I liked this book. I found it rather a slow starter, and some of the rather crude local characters and language did not appeal to me. However, over all, it had a solid plot and was engaging, I wouldnt say this is an absolute must download book, but if you are looking for a good 'on the beach' read this summer, then I would recommend it. I would have scored it 3.5 rather than 4 if that had been possible.
I wouldn't listen to it again because that is a waste of time and a stupid question.
The characters and the way the author conveys various types of Aussie personality.
Excellent narration throughout. Very good with the slight distinctions it takes to indicate different characters without overdoing it. Also very good with hitting the Aussie accent without overdoing it.
Not necessarily. But mostly because I listen while driving and I'm not expecting to have that chance. But the story is certainly good enough to do so.
Good entertainment overall.
An excellent story, a sympathetic and intriguing main character, and authentic Australian atmosphere - well written and well read.
Yes. The narrator brought so much to the table. I really loved his work. That said, Peter Temple is a true prose master and anything he writes is a pleasure to read. But Mr Hosking really brought it to life. I will be on the lookout for more audiobooks read by him.
Yes! And I rewound many times to savor Hosking's reading or Temple's lovely prose.
Really confused as to why some other reviewers claimed the Australian accent was hard to understand. I am American and I completely disagree. There was some Aussie slang I didn't know and had to look up, but it had nothing to do with Mr. Hosking's reading. He was a joy to listen to.
A journalist and a screenwriter for 20 years, now a playwright and a reader. I am an audible activist. I try to "enable" new listeners.
PETER TEMPLE IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE "DETECTIVE" WRITERS. HE'S SMART, INSIGHTFUL, AND READING HIM IS LIKE A TRIP TO THE INNARDS OF CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN LIFE. PETER HOSKING READS IT LIKE HE JUST THOUGHT IT UP. FABULOUS.
I loved listening to the Aussie accent, and I gave this book my full attention, but it was tricky and at times difficult to listen to. Peter Temple writes prose in small, clipped phrases as opposed to fully grammatical sentence structure, and the Aussie uplift at the end of each phrase made it a little difficult to follow a narrative arc. At times I felt I was being pelted by phrases. I really had to work at it. Combine that with a novel whose first 4-6 hours of listening were only setting the stage for the major plot developments, which finally began to pick up speed and weaves together in the last 2 hours of listening--I needed a lot of patience and concentration. At times, I felt that I was listening to a book in a foreign language--I missed a number of Aussie-localized references and humor. And unfortunately I found the grotesqueries over-the-top, unbelievable, and sensationalized. Having said that, I gave it my best shot and listened all the way through, so that must mean something, but I don't think I'll have the energy for another Peter Temple book for quite awhile.
Friends suggested we give this Aussie a try and overall a B for a first effort. The main character is intriguing, vulnerable, wise, courageous and driven. Love the mysterious "swagman"/hobo. Probably will develop well in subsequent books. This first one was a bit rough with story lines left dangling. But I have to confess that the author has some of the most awesome descriptive narration I have ever heard/read which gives me hope.
Note: Coarseness of the language was just too much to bear. Like listening to a group of adolescents trying to out **** one another with crudities. Just a distraction from an otherwise engaging story line.
Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.
Temple writes good prose, but his story is convoluted and takes too long to play out. The narrator's accent is hard to understand.
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