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Publisher's Summary

Georgie Jutland is a mess. At 40, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognizes herself. In prose as haunting and beautiful as its western setting, Dirt Music confirms Tim Winton's status as one of the finest novelists of his generation.
©2003 Tim Winton (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Good story, atmospheric

What did you love best about Dirt Music?

I love Winton's writing and his ability to paint such a powerful picture of Western Australia's landscapes and people. This was a good story, if a little predictable, but well developed and had a satisfying ending.

What other book might you compare Dirt Music to and why?

It was my second Winton audiobook, after "Breath", which I'd loved. The narrator in Breath had managed to inhabit his characters fully and present the story with full understanding of the text, which brought it very much to life.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator in Dirt Music seemed often to lack understanding of what she was reading and I found myself thinking "I'd have read that passage differently" to give a different emphasis and atmosphere. Everything was read with much the same intonation, which became like a repeating tune after a while. I found myself trying to appreciate the story in spite of her, rather than because of her delivery.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book despite my disappointment with the narration because Winton's characterisation and description lifted it beyond the telling of it.

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loved every minute<br />

a real taste of what I think Australia would be like great Story characters love his descriptive prose

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  • Eva
  • Claremont, Australia
  • 11-18-12

lively and moving story

Would you consider the audio edition of Dirt Music to be better than the print version?

the reader makes it a real Westaustralian story

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I would have liked to know if Fox survived :-)

Which character – as performed by Suzi Dougherty – was your favorite?

Fox

Any additional comments?

Fantastic describtion of characters and scenerie. - I sometimes struggled to follow the story but in the end everything fell in place.

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  • NixD
  • 09-19-18

I love his writing - such deep characters

I can’t starting reading or listening to anything else for a while afterwards as I become so attached to the characters I need to keep thinking about them. I miss them when it’s over.
I’m going to read everything by him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-18

superb

Densely, layered characters. Wonderful imagery. Excellent narration. Can not recommend enough.
I wiil search more by Tim Winton.

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  • Melissa
  • 09-26-16

liked it

The editing needed some work at the start. sounds like the story cuts in and out.

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  • Greg Hammond
  • 12-20-18

A bit too Crocodile Dundee meets Blues Brothers.

I found the music theme unidimensional. I wanted more in that department. The ending seemed contrived, the characters stereotypes of Aussie fringe dweller types. I finished it, but it dragged at times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-18

favourite book brought to life

favourite book brought to life . a great narration with her ability to do quite different voices for the characters

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  • David
  • 10-12-18

Class wars

Enjoyed the start and the middle, but the ending was somewhat inconclusive. However it made driving up and down the Hume Freeway ad nauseum more bearable.

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  • Ruth
  • 08-18-15

Nothing much happens

The writing isn't bad unfortunately it's the plot that lets this novel down; meandering, bland and boring.

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