• Lyrebird Hill

  • By: Anna Romer
  • Narrated by: Eloise Oxer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-15-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.3 (1,239 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ruby Cardel has the semblance of a normal life – a loving boyfriend, a career she loves – but in one terrible moment, her life begins to unravel. The discovery that the death of her beloved sister, so many years ago, was not the accident she’d always been told makes her question all she’s known about herself.
Travelling back home to Lyrebird Hill, the beautiful bushland property where she grew up with her mother and sister, Ruby begins to remember the year that has been blocked in her memory. Snatches of her childhood with her beautiful sister, and Ruby’s only friendship – with the boy from the next property, a foster kid she’d play games with in the bush at midnight. Then Ruby uncovers a cache of ancient letters from a long-lost relative, Brenna Magavin, written from her cell in a Tasmanian gaol. Brenna is about to be hanged for murder, and Ruby discovers that her family line is littered with tragedy and violence. As she reads, the gaps in Ruby’s memory come to her. And as she pieces together the shards of truth, what she finally discovers will shock her to the core – about what happened to Jamie that fateful day, and how she died.
©2014 Anna Romer (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By C. Crane on 03-05-16

Nice writing... not my favorite genre

This is an interesting story and nicely written, but more a romance ... not a mystery, which I prefer. The intertwining stories of generations involved in relationships can be a little confusing at first, but eventually they all come together. To balance the brutality described, there are some lovely descriptive passages about the natural setting at Lyrebird Hill. The narration Is good.

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By Victoria on 12-01-15

Not Great, Not Awful.

From the publisher's synopsis and the reviews I read, I was expecting history, romance, and a mystery. I would not have purchased this book if I had known that the story would be more like an "original movie" from a certain cable TV network known for "women's programming" that features stories of stalking, rape, abuse and murder. By the end of the book, it was a real bloodbath. The narration was only "okay," as well. The breathless vocal quality used throughout the book was mildly annoying. It wasn't the worst book I've ever heard. But the death, destruction and violence really wore on me.

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By sugarmax on 08-20-15

So disappointing

Would you try another book written by Anna Romer or narrated by Eloise Oxer?

Yes definitely as I really enjoyed thornwood house.

What was most disappointing about Anna Romer’s story?

The story was slow burning but as I got to know the characters things got muddled and the end was not very thrilling at all.

What didn’t you like about Eloise Oxer’s performance?

The narration was fine considering the material.

What character would you cut from Lyrebird Hill?

No characters could be cut from the story. It just lacked something.

Any additional comments?

After listening to thornwood I desperately wanted to hear more from this author but lyrebird hill was dreadful in comparison.

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By alison on 06-04-15

Great story..

This was a really enjoyable book, romance, family secrets, intrigue, murder - it had it all. On top of all that there's Romer's wonderfully descrptive writing, creating images so real you could almost feel the dusty air.
The story takes you on a path, unravelling just enough to keep you interested without revealing the plot. Sometimes books that hop between past and present can be a bit tiresome, but Romer has managed to do it very well, the links between the various time frames blend easily and each makes sense to the overall story. Her characters were all strong and engaging, thus drawing you in further.
This was my first Anna Romer book, but I will definitely be looking out for another.
Eloise Oxer's narration was very good, and she brought the book to life

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By Claire on 10-30-15

book club choice

Would you try another book written by Anna Romer or narrated by Eloise Oxer?

No

What was most disappointing about Anna Romer’s story?

I couldn't finish listening to it . . . I hate to give up on a book, but I just . . .too many adjectives.

What didn’t you like about Eloise Oxer’s performance?

It was like listening to Marilyn Monroe with Asthma, it was better at 1.5 x speed, I even tried 2x speed . . . too breathy for me

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

This is just not the genre for me, the rest of the book club (who read the book, rather than listen) really enjoyed it.

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