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Dirt Music

Narrated by: Suzi Dougherty
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Summary

Georgie Jutland is a mess. At 40, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognizes herself. In prose as haunting and beautiful as its western setting, Dirt Music confirms Tim Winton's status as one of the finest novelists of his generation.
©2003 Tim Winton (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Breathtaking...

Not a book I would have looked at but heard it recommended by Mariella Frostrup on BBC Radio 4x. It is so beautifully written and the narrator should win an Oscar for her exceptional reading of the book.
In turns witty, tragic, heartbreaking and life-affirming, this book has it all. I can only recommend with all my heart that you give this book a go. This has to be my favourite of this century so far ...really.

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Stunning

This audio book is mesmerisingly brilliant. As a first encounter with Tim Winton my husband and I were in awe of the quality of his writing, story telling and evocation of place. It also has real poetic and spiritual depth which came as a surprise as the novel progressed. The narration is great, it never detracts from the book. It has wonderful characters and includes a road trip which I always enjoy. It is pitch perfect, great unfolding and ending. What more can I say? I’m amazed everyone hasn’t given it five stars. I’ve been reading and listening to novels all my life and this is one of the best I’ve ever come across. Pure magic.

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I love his writing - such deep characters

I can’t starting reading or listening to anything else for a while afterwards as I become so attached to the characters I need to keep thinking about them. I miss them when it’s over.
I’m going to read everything by him.

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superb

Densely, layered characters. Wonderful imagery. Excellent narration. Can not recommend enough.
I wiil search more by Tim Winton.

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  • Bjerkana
  • 20-01-14

Good story, atmospheric

What did you love best about Dirt Music?

I love Winton's writing and his ability to paint such a powerful picture of Western Australia's landscapes and people. This was a good story, if a little predictable, but well developed and had a satisfying ending.

What other book might you compare Dirt Music to and why?

It was my second Winton audiobook, after "Breath", which I'd loved. The narrator in Breath had managed to inhabit his characters fully and present the story with full understanding of the text, which brought it very much to life.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator in Dirt Music seemed often to lack understanding of what she was reading and I found myself thinking "I'd have read that passage differently" to give a different emphasis and atmosphere. Everything was read with much the same intonation, which became like a repeating tune after a while. I found myself trying to appreciate the story in spite of her, rather than because of her delivery.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book despite my disappointment with the narration because Winton's characterisation and description lifted it beyond the telling of it.

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  • spodude
  • 24-01-18

loved every minute<br />

a real taste of what I think Australia would be like great Story characters love his descriptive prose

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  • Eva
  • 18-11-12

lively and moving story

Would you consider the audio edition of Dirt Music to be better than the print version?

the reader makes it a real Westaustralian story

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I would have liked to know if Fox survived :-)

Which character – as performed by Suzi Dougherty – was your favorite?

Fox

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Fantastic describtion of characters and scenerie. - I sometimes struggled to follow the story but in the end everything fell in place.

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