Australian actor and writer Stigg Wemyss has an almost childlike voice that is expressive, dramatic, and brisk...just like this thriller for teenaged listeners. Performed by Wemyss, The Nest was written by fellow Aussie Paul Jennings and features a young man on the run.
Since his mother fled the family when Robin was very young, poor 16-year-old Robin runs from everything: his father, his girlfriend, even - at times - his own sanity. Young listeners should respond with great interest to this damaged child’s mind, and they will certainly be drawn into a plot that features Jennings’s trademark twists.
Robin has a mental condition - a fear of fear. As events unfold, he runs from his father, he runs from the girl he loves, he runs into trouble, he runs from himself. His suspicions about his mother's disappearance grow. Could this be a murder mystery, or is this all part of his tortured mind? What has the swallows' nest got to do with it? As Robin starts to piece things together towards a dramatic climax, so too builds the intensity of everything else going on in his life: his fears and confusions, his unwanted images, his hopeless relationships, the desire of his first love. How this plays out in the fast-paced thriller of a finale will have the listener guessing to the end.
This audiobook features an interview with Paul Jennings. Jennings discusses the inspiration behind The Nest, its setting and characters, and the writing process, with narrator Stig Wemyss.
I blame part of my disappointment came from this being falsely advertised in shops as a book geared to adult audiences. Apart from that, the book was a little predictable and I found it difficult to identify with the character. What I do like is that this book is a collection of short stories (which were rather crude but very interesting) all tied together with a longer story about the main character, Robin who authored them but doesn't seem to know where they come from. This theme is discussed thoroughly in the interview with Jennings at the end. This book is a lot darker than other books by the author but I wouldn't mind if Jennings wrote more books like this!