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I rate the book itself 5 stars and the performance itself is quite good, deserving of 4-5 stars. The narrator's voice and accent and her narration are perfect for the setting of the story, an upper class girls' Australian boarding school in 1900. I quite enjoyed it.
I'd be happy to write a review of both the story and the performance for their own sake, but what I want most to call attention to in this review is that the audiobook is described as unabridged, and it is most definitely not. The novel itself is short to begin with, just under 200 pages. I estimate that an unabridged version would run an hour more at most.
If you listen to it without the book at hand or never having read the book, the abridgment is seamless enough that I doubt you'll be aware of it, and you'll come away believing you've heard the whole story. It does work, but I believe you'll be deprived of the richness of the whole work.
Given the nature of the story, the unsolved disappearance of three girls and one of their teachers on an afternoon's holiday from the boarding school at the famous Hanging Rock, and the rippling effect the tragedy has on other characters, an abridgment deprives the listener of important nuances and clues. The book as I've said is a short piece to begin with, and unabridged it's more satisfying, feels more complete, and given the ambiguous ending, the reader needs it!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
The story is excellent and the narrator is superb however I was extremely disappointed when I realised that it is abridged, and not unabridged as shown.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is an excellent story with an intriguing plot that will keep you wanting to hear more. Some have described it as the original Twin Peaks or Blair Witch Project, which is quite apt in describing the fear and horror that the Australian bush can instil, as well as the community obsession of Miranda.
This version is read with an Australian accent, which is perfectly attuned for every character.
However, note that this is an abridged version of the story.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is a badly and excessively abridged version leaving out many key scenes and changing the effect and shape of the novel.