The Dry

  • by Jane Harper
  • Narrated by Stephen Shanahan
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, captivating debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago, when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke's steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there's more to Luke's death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.


What the Critics Say

"Debut author Jane Harper's fine prose and narrator Steven Shanahan's expert delivery combine for a transcendent Australian noir experience.... Shanahan's accent and speech patterns immerse listeners in the Australian countryside. He also consistently sprinkles in little touches - a stifled yawn, a burp after a swig of beer, a nasally voice for a man with a broken nose - that breathe vivid life into the story and characters." (AudioFile)


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This is so-o-o-o-o very good! The narration is spectacular -- Shanahan's voice and characterization draws you right to the scene. Most of all, this is an outstanding story with great characters with whom readers can relate. I found the decades old question about the death of a young girl to be an intriguing mystery -- particularly when set against a more current bludgeoning of a young family in the same town. You will think about it after the lights are off, for certain and best of all, the mystery isn't solved until the very end. No cliff hanger, no silly "got it solved" in the first half event. Just a great story all around!
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- Paula

Okay, so I was warned by the title

What did you like best about The Dry? What did you like least?

Narrator was okay. the blending of past and present through narrative was good, if sometimes difficult to catch on to.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jane Harper? Why or why not?


Would you listen to another book narrated by Steven Shanahan?


Was The Dry worth the listening time?

Terrible ending--I kept wanting to turn it off but I had to finish it to understand what had just happened.

Any additional comments?

I don't think the build up to the cataclysmic end prepared me for the carnage. Seemed gratuitous.

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- ktbyrd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio