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Picnic at Hanging Rock

TV Tie-In Edition
Narrated by: Yael Stone
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)
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Summary

Now a major television series starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) And Yael Stone (Orange Is the New Black). 

A haunting and enigmatic tale that will keep you awake and wondering long after you've finished this classic mystery. 

Everyone agreed that the day was just right for the picnic to Hanging Rock - a shimmering summer morning warm and still, with cicadas shrilling.... 

St Valentine’s Day, in the midst of the hot summer of 1900, a party of schoolgirls went on a picnic to Hanging Rock. Some were never to return.... 

In this Australian classic, the disappearance of three girls and a schoolteacher at Hanging Rock has captivated and intrigued audiences for generations. Jacqueline McKenzie’s interpretation of the best-selling novel captures all of the beauty of the Rock and illustrates the eerie sense of the unknown for which the story is legendary.  

©1967 Joan Lindsay (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Finally available on audio

One of my favourite books finally available on audio. Beautifully narrated and as captivating as ever.

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Wonderful story effectively ruined by narrator

A gripping and ultimately unexplained mystery which never fails to engage the reader.
Sadly, the excellence of this book with which I am very familiar was not matched by the reading of it. Accents are clearly not a strong point. The ‘normal’ speed of the narrative was so slow that I was obliged to change it on my device. Characters’ accents were muddled as the narrator clearly misunderstood who was speaking. Her numerous mispronunciations cannot be excused. A total ignorance of French pronunciation made some passages quite excruciating.
A talent for making the most momentous passages sound like the reading of a shopping list adds nothing to the narrative.
I would not recommend this recording and am most disappointed in it.

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Mesmerising

Lindsay creates a vivid tableau filled with well drawn characters.
Evocative prose, compelling plot, excellent book.

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Initially promising; ultimately disappointing

At first I jogged along with it, quite enjoying the evocation of the Australia outback and wondering where it was all leading. Something a bit spooky happens at the Rock and a random assortment of females disappears. Then it just kept trundling along with more random, disconnected events happening to the random assortment of characters. At the point at which I realised that there was not going to be any rhyme or reason to any of it, I simply lost the impetus to keep listening.

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Gripping story

Beautifully read . Strange story which keeps you hanging on to the end. We will never know what really happened

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Is it a true story or not ?

I was familiar with the old film of the same name and always thought it was a fascinating true story, not realising there was a novel. I began watching the TV serial, enjoyed the first episode, but found it a bit hard to follow half way through the second episode and stopped watching . By then I had listened to some of the audiobook which I was so enjoying, much easier to follow the story, that I watched the first 3 tv episodes again on iPlayer. I really enjoyed the book , which isn’t overlong, and the mysterious supernatural air of the rock comes across in the book. Others may find the inconclusive ending annoying, but sometimes it’s the story telling that’s important.
I’ve enjoyed the tv series having read and finished the book, even though there are many differences in the story. It’s a book and programme I will certainly read again.

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  • Sarah J
  • 12-02-19

this is how you write a mystery

I couldn't put it down. This story was absolutely phenomenal and the voice actor did such a good job differentiating characters with different voices.

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  • 10-10-18

Still confused...

Even after finishing the book, I am still confused as to what exactly happened here.

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