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On the Java Ridge

Written by: Jock Serong
Narrated by: Lewis Fitz-Gerald
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins

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Publisher's Summary

In Canberra, a federal election looms and Cassius Calvert, Minister for Border Integrity, is facing a new hard-line policy regarding asylum-seekers. Off the Indonesian island of Dana, Isi Natoli, skipper of the Java Ridge, and a group of Australian surf tourists are anchored beside an idyllic reef. A few kilometres away, Roya and her mother are amongst the passengers fleeing persecution aboard the Talakar. When a storm breaks, these stories collide with chilling consequences....

©2017 Jock Serong (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Serong confirms his talent for multi-layered plot-driven novels that offer a commentary on modern Australia." ( Books + Publishing)

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  • Franciska Bujdos
  • 06-11-19

Terrible waste of precious credit

I found the story reviews intriguing so I have bought the book, but now I wish I hadn't. The plot is unbearably dull and predictable, the characters two-dimensional (if that).
What made me struggle through half of it is the narrator - he did an amazing job of a book way unworthy of his talents.

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  • Paul in NoVa
  • 17-07-18

Riveting and Timely

This is a great book and performance especially considering what is happening across the globe now relative to refugees. Very well done and thought provoking.

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  • Jenni Clarke
  • 25-04-18

The narrator is fantastic

A wonderful book. Gripping, thought provoking, relevant to all Australians and Lewis Fitz-Gerald brings all the characters to life. I can’t wait to read more books written by Jock Sarong.

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  • Sally Lindsay
  • 27-08-18

Outstanding

A stellar performance of an extraordinary story. Beautifully written and exquisitely narrated. Highly recommended, a must read.

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  • Rebecca Siero
  • 14-09-17

Haunting, disturbing but necessary.

The story was immensely haunting, characters were well developed and I felt connected to them all. A relevant topic to all in Australia. A disturbing but necessary reflection on the effects of unwavering border security.

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  • amanda
  • 26-08-17

Hope Jock Seeing never stops writing!

Love this man's books...he never let's the reader down...brilliant reading by Lewis Fitz-Gerald..hard act to follow.

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  • Robin
  • 19-08-17

riveting

powerful imagery, outstanding narration

this story was dramatic, tragic and based on real issues faced in recent years by Australasian governments.

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  • Ted
  • 10-03-20

Absorbing

Great story,very prescient and almost too close for comfort to reallity
The naration must have been seemless as I was not aware that I was being 'read' to

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  • Robyn
  • 03-03-20

Politics is a dirty business

This was the second book of Jock Serong I listened too, the first "rules of backyard cricket". Jock doesn't sugar coat especially when it comes to politicians he describes them perfectly which is not pretty. As with backyard cricket the book can be a little slow in the beginning but keep listening Jock is a wonderful story tellers and he is not in the less predictable. Maybe an eye opener for readers who believe in politicians. I love Lewis Fitz-Gerald narration he doesn't attempt female voices which so many male narrator try and fail. A long listen but worth it.

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  • Anne Gehring
  • 14-02-20

Amazing read

Really well written and read. So gripping! Have listened to a couple of books by the author and hope to listen to many more.

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  • Dave
  • 10-02-20

Wow.....

I'll start by saying that the narrative was second to none.
A very different story line to what l normally read and l did enjoy it.
But...... I have never felt so angry and disgusted after finishing a book like l have with with this one.
If this was Jack Serongs intentions, he certainly hit the nail on the head. I Look forward to reading he's future novels.

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  • David Wright
  • 15-09-19

Worth the time and the credit

I bought this book based on other reviews. I am really glad I followed the advice of other listeners.
The narration is great and the story is quite topical and emotive. I found myself becoming engrossed in this, the first fiction book I’ve bought.
I was a bit disappointed when it ended, such was the quality of this title.