• by Tim Winton
  • Narrated by Dan Wyllie
  • 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Breath is Tim Winton at his finest: a beautiful, gripping, deeply moving novel about our need for excitement and to push ourselves to the limits; about the power of the sea; and how ordinary people live with tragedy.Breath opens with Bruce Pike, now a paramedic, arriving too late to save a teenage boy's life.Pike's partner wonders why the boy killed himself. Pike knows he didn't. He doesn't know the boy, but he knows the story. He still lives with the legacy of his own adolescence.When Loonie and Pike started to surf, they cycled from Angelus to the beach with their Styrofoam boards, buffeted by the wind and, when they finally get to the sea, the waves. They couldn't help it: they were terrified; they were addicted.Among the local surfers, one guy stood out. He turned up alone, when the swell was highest, and left the rest of them for dead. Gradually Loonie and Pike got to know this loner, Sando, who took them under his wing, showing them secret beaches and ever-bigger waves. He taught them about surfing, and about life. But the sea can teach the hard way, and so could Sando. In the endless search for the biggest wave, the biggest high, some riders don't make it. Half a lifetime later, Pike can't free himself from where the ride took him.With Breath, Tim Winton's writing has attained a new level of mastery. This book confirms his standing alongside Ian McEwan and Philip Roth as one of the major chroniclers of the human condition, a writer of novels that are at the same time simple and profound.


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Powerful coming-of-age story

This powerful new book by Australian author Tim Winton describes a lonely boy's painful coming of age. He is befriended, and ultimately damaged, by a couple fighting the loss of youth and their aging bodies. This is ultimately a book about survival through extremes, of pushing one's body and one's morals beyond what is "average" and experiencing both the exhilaration and self-disgust that comes from doing so. Listening to the book through the narrator's authentic Australian voice added a lot to the book. I wouldn't recommend this book to all my friends, but I would to those who like a story beautifully written with an edgy and difficult morality. I've never surfed, but Winton conveys the power and beauty of the sea and what it's like to try and conquer your own fears.
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- Maura

Simply Brilliant!

Great story. Wonderful writing. Great narration. I just loved this book. Tim Winton's writing is so evocative and well crafted that you can taste the salt and feel the danger. As much as I loved Cloud Street, I feel that this is a better book. As masterful book by a craftsman at the top of his game.
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- Graham

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2008
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd