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The sentences in this work are great - funny (as satisfying as the afterglow from a good shit), self-depricating (what are the two best things to come out of Freo?) and highly evocative.
The paragraphs are fantastic too - really nail the feeling of being in Perth in an interminable summer. And, although I don't think they will win and tourism awards for WA, the depictions of Freo past its prime and of Perth as a site office for a mining company ring true.
The characters are well drawn - you get the feeling of what it's like to live their lives and how the little victories or setbacks influence things.
But the plot and conclusion are just so frustrating. A quick trip to Charlie Gardiner Hospital instead of home to the couch and half the problems would be solved. The other half may still need Littlefinger to push someone out the Moon Door, but that is a different story. And the ending - perhaps I could chip in a few extra bucks and get another half hour of story.
It's a bit hard to know how to rate this. If you were only to listend to a section of it, it would be great. But I did not really enjoy the story as a whole.
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What made the experience of listening to Eyrie the most enjoyable?
Winton's use of the Australian vernacular, particularly the dialogue of the two main protagonists, makes this a book particularly suited to audio.
What other book might you compare Eyrie to and why?
In my view, every book that Winton has ever written is superb: disturbing, honest, engrossing, and compelling. This is no different.
What about Michael Veitch’s performance did you like?
Veitch *is* the voice of Keilly.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"Courage makes better people of us all."
Any additional comments?
Buy it now ... you won't regret it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Winton writes so evocatively and with such visual clarity that you feel part of the story. Brilliant.
Griity Australian life laid bare to the bones. Another great book that deserves the highest accolades.