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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes when he didn't know he was being watched, Meggie would look at him and try desperately to imprint his face upon her brain's core. And he would turn to find her watching him, a look in his eyes of haunted grief, a doomed look. She understood the implicit message, or thought she did; he must go, back to the Church and his duties. Never again with the same spirit, perhaps, but more able to serve. For only those who have slipped and fallen know the vicissitudes of the way.
©1977 Colleen McCullough; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"One of those books that will be read as long as women love, and men care." (Daily Mirror)
"I simply could not put it down. If it hadn't been wrenched from me at mealtimes, I'd have starved." (Daily Mail)
"A true epic....It's easy to see why this stunning tale has been called the Australian Gone With the Wind." (Daily Telegraph)
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By Vanessa on 06-25-17

Brilliant book

A wonderful storyline with great character development and a plot of twists and turns with a wonderful undertone of life and love. A romance of reality .... love it❤❤❤

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By Miriam Majome on 07-07-15


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe someone without any expectations. I had so many and looked forward to finally reading it and was surprised to find that it was quite boring. I know it's not allowed to say that about this great book but that is how I felt. I was surprisingly bored

What was most disappointing about Colleen McCullough’s story?

One expects so much from these modern classics. It is one of those rare books which has the ultimate humiliation of being surpassed by its film adaptaion. it. I watched it in the eighties when I was a child and was still only learning English but I could not get over it. I'm not a film person and I sleep through most movies. I recently slept through the Da Vinci Code movie but I'd stay awake until 3am reading the book. So I was really surprised when the book disappointed me so much. The story was just not as engaging as I had thought it wasd going to be. It turned out to be a very love ordinary story unlike what it is pitched as. There is nothing memorable about this book

What didn’t you like about Greta Scacchi’s performance?

Its not that it was particularly bad. It just wasn't memorable

What character would you cut from The Thorn Birds?

Thats just it. None of the characters were engaging enough for me to truly care about loving or hating them.

Any additional comments?

It just wasn't for me I guess. My expectations were too high and it disapointed me. I expected a book in stakes of Grapes of Wrath or The Picture of Dorian Gray but it falls far short and is just a book that I forgot as soon as I finished it.

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By Jude P. on 06-04-16

Hideous abridgement! Don't bother!

What would have made The Thorn Birds better?

It felt like there was massive areas missed out.

Would you ever listen to anything by Colleen McCullough again?

I love this story, but it just felt massacred!

What does Greta Scacchi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brilliantly narrated! The voices really brought the characters to life!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

I hated this version of a fantastic story!

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By MRS V J WILSON on 12-11-16

Abridged version

I had not realised this was an abridged version, having read the Thorn Birds 3 times previously - it has always been one of my favourite books, however, I was disappointed that it was not the full version. It was read beautifully - I just wished it had been the full version.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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By Mrs on 07-30-15

A bit of Australia

A surprisingly captivating story which I really enjoyed as a new resident of Australia I enjoyed hearing about now familiar scenery, animals and culture and enjoyed it all the more for that.

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By Anonymous User on 01-25-18

This is NOT the full novel

The Thorn birds is one of my favourite novels so I was extremely disappointed after listening, to find out that this version of the novel leaves out multiple key paragraphs, and whole scenes out of the book. Unfortunately, upon searching, it seems that audible doesn’t actually offer the real version, or any other version at all of this book. Very disappointing. Going to try another audio book service to see if I can find it.

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