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The Dry

Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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Summary

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land.

Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.

©2016 Jane Harper (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"You will feel the heat, taste the dust and blink into the glare. The Dry is a wonderful crime novel that shines a light into the darkest corner of a sunburnt country." (Michael Robotham)

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  • Nicola Larter
  • 30-10-19

A really polished story

Didn't have huge expectations of this book but was very pleasantly surprised - the story is quite brilliant! I've read and listened to thousands of mystery/thriller novels in my life and they tend to get predictable after a while. This one quite literally kept me guessing and the outcome was a real revelation. I actually felt the hairs on the back of my neck rise more than once! Nice to have the sub-plot tidied up at the end too; not a fan of loose ends.

The narrator is excellent and portrays the various characters perfectly. The tensions and struggles of a country town during a drought are very realistic. I could almost taste the hot dust while listening to this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first second to the last - there is no 'filler' - every well written word is germane and the pace fast. Will definitely be looking for more from this author and narrator.

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  • John Kidd
  • 04-03-19

great book

loved it from start to finish, perfect for driving whilst taking in the dry Australian landscape

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  • Angi
  • 05-12-17

Ripping yarn

A great story felt even better because of the reader- If I'd been reading this I'd have read it in one sitting. The setting in a drought in the outback is as much a part of the story as the characters.

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  • Dan
  • 09-10-17

Excellent storytelling

Loved this book.
It really pulled me into its fabric.
The characters felt real, and I could almost smell the dry heat.
The plot kept me hanging till the end.
Brilliant.
Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Olivia
  • 08-11-16

compelling Australian thriller

The time spent listening to this captivating story went very quickly. Well worthwhile and great narration.