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Publisher's Summary

Fred Scully waits at the arrival gate of an international airport, anxious to see his wife and seven-year-old daughter. After two years in Europe they are finally settling down. He sees a new life before them, a stable outlook, a cottage in the Irish countryside that he's renovated by hand. He's waited, sweated on this reunion. He does not like to be alone - he's that kind of man. The flight lands, the glass doors hiss open, and Scully's life begins to go down in flames.
©1996 Tim Winton; (P)2003 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"The curse of this haunting book is that you read it too fast." (New Yorker)

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Good but not his best

I will always give a Tim Winton novel a go and this one started off well. His usual colourful characters and upbeat descriptions. The storyline gets frustrating and the end is even more so but this could be overlooked. The thing that can't be overlooked is the narration,which impedes greatly on any enjoyment of the book. He gives the Australian characters South African accents and his own delivery is monotonous and tedious. All the way through, I kept thinking of how much better Humphrey Bower would have done it.

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  • Aquilina Christophorus
  • 08-29-17

Brilliant mad goose chase

If you could sum up The Riders in three words, what would they be?

Wake up men!

What did you like best about this story?

This is not a story about a rugged Aussie who stumbles down a - nearly incredible- nightmarish slope bringing along with him the little he loves, but about your typical, average male who missed the plot somewhere down the road regards his other half. How could he have been so wrong? That's not the mystery of women for you, but the mess they themselves can be too, and failing to acknowledge this in time. This is a tale about maturation as a male - the hard way - without becoming bitter, tougher and rougher; just a little smarter, and more emotionally independent hopefully.

Have you listened to any of Stanley McGeagh’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Stanley is always brilliant. I like that he has an English accent but can do any other one with persuasion. This book fares well on the different accents/voices, helping you to concentrate on Winton's very elegant writing around the direct speech better.

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

Winton writes purely out of emotion and that stirs you in every way possible.

Any additional comments?

Wish Breath and Dirt Music were available as audiobooks. The Riders and Eyrie of all those available are possible the most accessible to readers outside Australia.

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  • Markus
  • 12-12-09

Waste of time

The storyline gets frustrating and the end is even more so. This is definitly the first and last audiobook of Tim Winton for me.

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  • Anna M
  • 11-13-17

No story in it

Be warned - there is no story to it. There is a setting, believable (yet extremely annoying) characters, some questions asked at the beginning, but this is it. The books gets more and more tedious and frustrating until it ends in nothing at all.
The narrator wasn't my favourite either - he had an unnatural high creepy voice for females and children. I liked Irish accent though.

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  • Aaron
  • 07-01-17

A heart in the mouth tale

A well written tale of hope and loss, a quest for answers, and a lesson in the futility of it all. You'll back Scully, Billie's father, and mourn with him and despise him before coming back around again at the end. A jarring trip through Europe, and the palpable desperation of a man who still has something to lose.