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Geoffrey McGeachin won the Ned Kelly award for this story.
I found the story of a pilot from WW11 returning to the Victorian Police Force interesting.
The story line is different, could it be original?
Just how Charlie Berlin trod the line as a policeman from Melbourne investigating a series of crimes, and, could engage the respect and interest of some of the townspeople and still get his job done was very well portrayed.
This is not a fast and furious romp like McGeachin's earlier stories. The humour is there though, coming as far more natural, where most people know most things about most people in the town. The book. while not a comedy does explore Berlin re entering life. He gets the job done too.
I expect this story to linger in my mind for a long time and well worth a second listen.
49 of 55 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Diggers Rest Hotel the most enjoyable?
Back to the old days
Narrator does a good job with the story and it potrays life in country Victoria and the laid back Australian way
A few twists and turns along the way to the plot and the story itself makes for a great listen
Who was your favorite character and why?
Charlie - down to earth, common sense and willing to take people as he sees them
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes - but with over 8 hours a good listen when commuting
30 of 34 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Diggers Rest Hotel to be better than the print version?
NOT AT ALL, bring back Peter Hoskings! It is painful to listen to - like he is reading a shopping list. Had to stop and read actual book, ruined it for us.
What did you like best about this story?
Character is great, facts about Melbourne back then.
How could the performance have been better?
Just find someone who has a better reading voice. Someone who cares. Peter Hoskings!
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
McGeachin's stories are new to me even though he's a local Victorian author. His writing superbly captures iconic Australian characters (and rural landscapes) of the post-war WWII era. In his first novel about DC Charlie Berlin, McGeachin paints a believable portrait about a veteran battling what we know as PTSD. The character is endearing in a tragic scary way, who somehow manages to effectively solve the crimes whilst battling his 'demons', alcoholism and prejudice. He is ably assisted by a sharp young country PC and an outrageous (for the time) female reporter (Rebecca) who becomes his love interest. There's lot's of good Aussie humour and action mixed with tragedy and despair of the period.
The only disappointment with the book was that it ended too soon and we are left wondering about what happens next and in particular whether Charlie and Rebecca could make something more permanent of their relationship. I'm looking forward to the sequel, which interestingly is 10 years on in Berlin's life.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
loved the narration. the story is a well paced drama and so aussie. worth a listen. some of the detective's hunches come out of left field and you're not sure how he got there but overall a great start to a series