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The Shepherd's Hut

Written by: Tim Winton
Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins

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Publisher's Summary

For years, Jaxie Clackton has dreaded going home. His beloved mum is dead, and he wishes his dad was too, until one terrible moment leaves his life stripped to nothing. No-one ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for. 

And so Jaxie runs. There's just one person in the world who understands him, but to reach her he'll have to cross the vast saltlands of Western Australia. It is a place that harbours criminals and threatens to kill those who haven't reckoned with its hot, waterless vastness. This is a journey only a dreamer - or a fugitive - would attempt. 

Fierce and lyrical, The Shepherd's Hut is a story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship. Most of all it is about what it takes to keep hope alive in a parched and brutal world. 

©2018 Tim Winton (P)2018 Pan Macmillan Publishers Limited

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  • E. J. Wheeler
  • 20-08-18

tender but foulmouthed and violent in parts

a wonderful story that carries you along in the head of this abused and frightened lad. Winton does these adolescents so believably. I love the fact that it's read by a woman, i think a man would not sound right, she's got the tone perfect, and the soft irish accent of the priest sounds fine in her voice. one little plothole though, dear T W, surely everyone keeps their phone locked? left me wanting to read it in print immediately, and puzzling over what would happen to Jaxsie in the next few years.

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  • Tonkabean
  • 03-11-19

quite compelling but end felt like a cop out

it didn't always hold my attention which may be why I didn't quite grasp the significance of the ending, but I did think the language and the performance were great.

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  • Sarah Moorby
  • 26-09-19

Had to listen for book club.


I struggled. I get that it was supposed to have a mystical themes of life and death etc. but I found it clichéd, the characters we unlikable and the story unbelievable. The text had an over reliance on similes and metaphors and I just didn't really want to keep reading. it did pick up at the end but it seemed rushed. disappointing.
The performance, however was excellent. I enjoyed that part and thus why the audio part got 5 stars

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-19

Good story that seems unfinished

The reading was excellent and the story built convincingly. unfortunately it seemed to suddenly run out of steam and came to an abrupt end. pity.

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  • Kiri Thomas
  • 04-06-19

Incredible story, amazing narration

What a beautiful, clever book brought alive by a very talented narrator. Very rough, colloquial Australian language tells a tender and captivating story. Unique and unforgettable. Loved it.

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  • Jamie Acs
  • 23-11-18

Perfection

A beautifully written and raw portrayal of toxic masculinity and its long-lasting effects, and what it means to find ‘peace’. A true coming-of-age story set in the most brutal of environments.
This book reminded me in chapters of some of the characters and places found in Springsteen’s most evocative work.

The narrative flows wonderfully and you come to really enjoy the company of Jaxie.
The narration is fantastic, perfectly capturing the Aussie vernacular allowing for full submersion. I Will be reading more Tim Winton that’s for certain.
Peace.

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  • Catherine Bashford
  • 15-11-18

A riveting story

I really liked this book. It is the first book I've heard from this author and I was so impressed. I enjoyed the reader also

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-18

Different

Didn't understand a female narrator cussing her head off. It sounded odd when the book is primarily an old man and a boy talking and what not. The story no beginning no end but very powerful in its depiction.

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  • Sarah
  • 30-07-18

Gritty, poetic and captivating.

This was a book which I didn't want to end. Heavy on the Aussie vernacular ' stood out like a donkey's donger' but totally gripping, with the most surprising clash of characters. Loved it! Perfectly narrated to capture the full earthiness. Wish it were longer...

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  • Jacqueline S.
  • 27-07-18

Not a word wasted

Beautiful book told in 'Aussie' language, not a word was wasted. Although there was a lot of violence in this book, characters travelled a journey of discovery, from despair to enlightenment and hope. Emotions are laid bare constantly, and relationships are raw and deep.