The Goodbye Party

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
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In 1984, Detective Eric O’Malley investigated the bizarre deaths of a young couple, their bodies found naked by the side of a creek in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Shortly before their demise, O’Malley learned, the pair had attended a swingers’ party.  

The case was barely open before it was deemed an accident. But O’Malley knew it was murder. He just couldn’t prove it. Thirty-five years later, O’Malley is found dead in his flat in what looks like a drug overdose. But his son James knows something’s amiss. His dad was close to solving that case after all these years. And someone else knew it. To track down his father’s killer, James must find the men and women who were there on the fateful night when that young couple died. 

This was the night of ‘The Goodbye Party’ – and uncovering its secrets will lead James down a dark path, filled with horrific twists and turns. Inspired by Sydney’s real-life Bogle-Chandler case, playwright Louis Nowra (writer of Australian classics Cosi, Radiance and The Golden Age) creates an enthralling multicast audio drama, featuring an exceptional cast including Ben Oxenbould (Deep Water, Wolf Creek), Steve Bisley (Water Rats, Mad Max), and Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road, Jack Irish). This series contains mature themes and listener discretion is advised.  

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  • Alex C
  • 10-09-19

Audible should reopen the Bogle-Chandler case!

Even though I wasn’t around at the time, the Bogle-Chandler case is one I’ve always known about and been intrigued by. There was a great documentary on tv about it a few years back and the fact that no one knows whether it was a Cold War murder or gas poisoning from a factory is just crazy to me.
I really enjoyed this adaptation of true events and it’s inspired me to read more about what happened in the 60s. Surely with modern day technology this case can be solved - hint hint Audible!

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  • MISS
  • 10-20-19

Very entertaining read

I remember the Bogle-Chandler case it was very intriguing at the time. Louis Nowra’s take on the story is very interesting given the era. I think most people would find the story interesting. The performances are excellent. The story is very Australian.

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  • Jane Lee
  • 10-12-19

Fabulous! Totally engrossing!

This is a thrilling listen. Totally engrossing. Great performances. Wish there was more. Well done Louis Nowra.

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  • Susan
  • 01-23-20

Brilliance in a play

This audio book was truly delicious to listen to. The performance of all of the cast was perfect and I loved every minute trying to figure out the Perpetrators and their motives. Enjoy

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  • fairygwf11
  • 11-07-19

An almost true story set in Sydney

Compelling story of great interest to me. Not so far fetched. Spooks are everywhere! Satisfying.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-19

Excellent Listen

A great whodunnit, with great characters. The narrators/actors were superb. I was sorry when it ended. I am an audio book addict, I love a good voice. But there is something wonderful about hearing my own accent (Australian) being heard.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-19

Great playwright storyteller

I loved it. Consistenly engaging through- characters who built a great drama and thriller, leaving me in suspense until the end unlike others I have ever read before.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-19

Unexpected gem

I didn't really know what an audio drama was but I'm glad I gave this a go. First episode took a bit to get into but then I was gripped until the end - surprised myself at how quickly I got through it but couldn't stop listening!

The voice actors were fantastic and the plot felt like a thriller movie, I'm getting my friends on to it now :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-19

Great Australian book!!

Loved it. The simplicity of the storyline alongside the familiar Australian actors made this book one of my favourite Audible books.

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  • Mad cow
  • 09-30-19

Omg amazing so happy audible headlined it

Please can I have more
Didn’t want it to finish
And now it’s the only book the author has write. Please let me know if u write another book

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