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Editorial Reviews

The 26th installment of Arthur Upfield’s classic series featuring the shrewd half-Aborigine detective follows Bony, posing as a station manager on a fishing vacation, in his pursuit of former respected theology student turned unrepentant rapist Marvin Rhudder.

Peter Hosking’s lush delivery brings the idyllic southwestern Australian coast to life, and he shows the ability to nimbly shift tones as Upfield builds to his tension-filled climax as the wizened and cunning Bony, with the help of local Aboriginals, stops at nothing to get his man.

Publisher's Summary

By a lonely roadside in the south-west corner of Western Australia, old-timer Karl Mueller is roused from his drink-sodden sleep by approaching footsteps and the sound of whistling. What he sees on waking (or he thinks he sees) is enough to make him stiffen with fear, and more than enought to worry the police into calling for Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte.
©1988 Arthur Upfield; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing

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Great Australian Yarn

Where does Bony and the White Savage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved it. I loved the character of the country and the people. As I didn't know the story the plot twist at the end was good. The work needs to be listened to as true to the location and times and the style of the writer. I did that and loved the my first encounter with an Australian classic.

What did you like best about this story?

Rural Western Australia, the character Bony and the story.

Have you listened to any of Peter Hosking’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is an excellent narrator. Five star.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I have bought more of this authors work and will watch for Peter Hosking’s narration and buy again.

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An interesting angle for Bony to solve

This story is quite a different angle that Upfield has taken - it is worthy of its title. I never fail to enjoy stories about Bony's special policing.

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 10-25-14

white savage

What made the experience of listening to Bony and the White Savage the most enjoyable?

bony is one of the best detectives and charactors they way upfield rights is great

What other book might you compare Bony and the White Savage to and why?

winds of evil another bony mystery

Have you listened to any of Peter Hosking’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes i like peters storytelling always gives a good story life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not one it keeps you intreged

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Comforting.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is not what I call Arthur Upfield's best writing regarding Insp. Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) but I still enjoy having this book in my library.

Would you be willing to try another book from Arthur Upfield? Why or why not?

Yes, I love 'Bony.' He uses such wit and intelligence to find his killer. He listens carefully to everyone, is a perfect gentleman and is a very patience detective, knowing that with patience people may become relaxed and say or do things to give him the clue he needs. His aborigine background along side his British heritage is such interesting mix.

What three words best describe Peter Hosking’s performance?

I think Peter H. does a great job. Clayton Moore is the Lone Ranger and Peter Hosking will always make me think of Bony.

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An intelligent detective novel set in Australia

What did you love best about Bony and the White Savage?

feeling like an insider in the beautifully haunting Australian wilderness and the realism of the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

While it was a detective novel about a serial killer, the focus was not on gore but rather on the complicated psychology of the characters, and the unique ability of the aboriginal detective to unravel the mystery in the context of his intuitive native skills.

Have you listened to any of Peter Hosking’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listned to any of Peter Hosking's other performances, but now that I have listened to this, I will certainly be looking out for other books he has narrated !

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I preferred savoring it and indeed, listened to it several times in several sittings.