Jasper Jones

  • by Craig Silvey
  • Narrated by Humphrey Bower
  • 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of 13, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race, and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery.
With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu.
And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.


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What an Excellent Book

This powerful book, set in Western Australia is very intelligent and multi-layered. It tells the story of a young lad who is coerced to act in a manner that puts him at risk. The characters in the story are highly believable and not stereotyped. I enjoyed the unfolding of the book, the richness and depth of the text and the surprising conclusion. It really exposed some of the deep concerns of youth and their exploitations by dysfunctional families.
If you are interested in understanding some of the real concerns of Australian life in a small outback town - this tale will resonate.
This book was selected by our book club and I think it will generate a lot of discussion at our next meeting. I highly recommend it.
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- Cynthea Wellings

A real page turner

Where does Jasper Jones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 10

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I really liked it, it was believable

Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

Geoffrey, I really liked the belief he had in himself and the comedy he added to the story

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Charlie realises that Jasper really loved Laura

Any additional comments?

Just a real pleasure to listen to.

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- donna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-24-2012
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd