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  • The Shepherd's Hut

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Jaxie Clackton is a brutalized rural youth who flees from the scene of his father's violent death and strikes out for the vast wilds of Western Australia. All he carries with him is a rifle and a waterjug. All he wants is peace and freedom. But surviving in the harsh saltlands alone is a savage business. And once he discovers he's not alone out there, all Jaxie's plans go awry. He meets a fellow exile, the ruined priest Fintan MacGillis, a man he's never certain he can trust, but on whom his life will soon depend.  

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  • What is all the fuss about?

  • By Richard Delman on 07-13-18


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Reviewed: 07-09-18

I was lucky enough to win this book on Goodreads. I knew from the first few pages that it was not going to disappoint, but Jaxie’s slang took some getting used to. And then I thought an audio version of the book might be just what I needed. I am so happy I spent a credit to get this book. Kate Mulvany’s narration is absolutely fantastic! I wasn’t sure what to think when I saw the narrator was female, but she is a gifted narrator and was fully convincing as a 16 year old boy.

I couldn’t recommend this book highly enough. The writing is beautiful and authentic, and very evocative. I have three other books by Tim Winton that have been sitting on my shelves for years and now I wonder what took me so long to discover him. I will most definitely be reading more of him. In the meantime, here’s hoping that the Shepherd’s Hut will make the Booker longlist this year. It is well deserving and a book that will stay with me for a long time.

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