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The Death of Bunny Munro Audiobook

The Death of Bunny Munro

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Publisher's Summary

Bunny Munro sells beauty products and the dream of hope to lonely housewives along the south coast of England. Set adrift by his wife's sudden death and struggling to keep a grip on reality, he does the only thing he can think of - with his young son in tow, he hits the road.

While Bunny plies his trade and sexual charisma door-to-door, nine-year-old Bunny Junior sits patiently in the car, exploring the world through the pages of his encyclopaedia. As their bizarre and increasingly frenzied road trip shears into a final reckoning, Bunny finds that the ghosts of his world - decrepit fathers, vengeful lovers, jealous husbands and horned psycho-killers - have emerged from the shadows and are seeking to exact their toll.

A tender portrait of the relationship between father and son, The Death of Bunny Munro is a stylish, angry and hugely enjoyable listen, bursting with the wit and mystery that fans will recognise as hallmarks of Cave's singular vision.

This unabridged audiobook uses a groundbreaking 3D audio-spatial mix, specifically designed for listening on headphones, creating a fully immersive experience for the listener. The 3D and spatialised sound was created by Terence Caulkins, Ryan Biziorek, Anne Guthrie, and Raj Patel at Arup Acoustics.

This original soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis was produced and sound-directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.

©2009 Nick Cave; (P)2009 Canongate Books

What the Critics Say

"Put Cormac McCarthy, Franz Kafka and Benny Hill together in a Brighton seaside guesthouse and they might just come up with Bunny Munro. A compulsive read possessing all Nick Cave's trademark horror and humanity." (Irvine Welsh)
"Not just a wonderful read, it's also a heartbreaking one. Cave writes novels like he does lyrics, with strokes of blood and sulphur and lightning. He strikes at the mind and heart and is able to bring his readers to his knees." (Neil LaBute)
"Cocksman, Salesman, Deadman; Bunny Munro might not be Everyman, but every man ought to read this book. And read it half in stitches, half in tears." (David Peace)

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    Patricia Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom 09/09/2009
    Patricia Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, United Kingdom 09/09/2009 Member Since 2013
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    "spellbinding"

    really atmospheric and compelling. well crafted characterisation. subtle audio enhancements were brilliant use of the media.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 29/05/2010
    Lisa 29/05/2010
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    "A work of art that lives up to it's rave reviews"

    Nick Cave's 'The Death of Bunny Munro' is perfectly narrated by the author with mood-enhancing musical segues between chapters and a subtle sprinkling of sound effects throughought. This is more a work of art than a mere audiobook.
    Truly unique and guaranteed to leave the listener stunned and breathless

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sam United Kingdom 25/01/2010
    Sam United Kingdom 25/01/2010
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    "A great Read"

    Having Nick Cave himself read the book brought a whole new dimension to the book.? His velvet voice made an already engaging and sometimes gut wrenching story even better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Llanwrtyd Wells, powy, United Kingdom 13/09/2009
    Kate Llanwrtyd Wells, powy, United Kingdom 13/09/2009 Member Since 2013
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    "Stunning"

    I loved this book, I found it shocking and deeply moving, despite everything I wanted him to live, the music was fantastically atmospheric and really made a difference. Very very very rude (cringingly so at times) but very very very good, how can one man be so talented to create fantastic music and fantastic literature, well worth a listen.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    graham plymouth, United Kingdom 28/07/2014
    graham plymouth, United Kingdom 28/07/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "very dark"

    wow!!...disturbing..dark..uncomfortable...clever...interesting..
    just one Bunny or three??..read it and ...see what you think.

    The book is very well written and performed..as one would expect form the genius like Cave. It's dark and mesmerising..we meet three Bunny Munro's, but for me they simultaneously and miraculously represent the same person at various stages of his depravity...that makes it the more saddening for me, as Bunny jnr is such a beautiful child.. so what hope does he have...well maybe a bit because when you separate and individualise the three Bunny's..he has a chance of breaking the cycle in the end..
    Great book, not for the squeamish

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Falmouth, United Kingdom 19/10/2011
    Robert Falmouth, United Kingdom 19/10/2011 Member Since 2012
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    "Rollercoaster"

    Please ignore the pathetic comments and negative reviews. This book was chosen for my ,all male, book group and was very well liked. Get set for a fast paced debauched ride that is mesmeric.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Victoria Dixon UK 03/06/2016
    Mrs. Victoria Dixon UK 03/06/2016

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    "not really my kind of read, a bit depressing"

    the narrator was good but again in a sinister and slightly depressing way. wanted a bit more lightness and even the occasional joke or good news

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Rudd 18/05/2015
    Scott Rudd 18/05/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "A good read"

    Just on my way to Brighton read this book a few times keep coming back to it. Reading by Nick adds to the book.

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    C. I. Brown London 04/02/2010
    C. I. Brown London 04/02/2010 Member Since 2007
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    "Despair....."

    This is the first review I have ever written on this website, but I feel so strongly about this book I feel I should give fair warning to those of you considering it.
    This book is disturbing at best and the music just adds to the utter feeling of despair this book generates. Be aware, there is nothing redeemable about these characters, and the although I am not one for happy Hollywood endings, I found it difficult to wade through 8 hours of this morose, intense, detailed self destruction of the lead character.
    Each time I listened to it (I couldn't do it in one sitting, otherwise I wouldn't be here) I had to build myself up to it, and each time I finished I had to just give my son a hug and tell him I loved him (You will find out why if you buy this).

    Good luck if you buy this, just don't drink at the same time....

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Brampton, Cambs, United Kingdom 10/03/2010
    Peter Brampton, Cambs, United Kingdom 10/03/2010 Member Since 2014
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    "Awful"

    I think this has to be one of the most depressing books I have read, not only absolutely disgusting, I could not get to the end as like one other reviewer has said it is almost pornographic. I would not recommend wasting money or time downloading this garbage.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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