The Turning

The Turning

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In his highest selling short story collection to date, Tim Winton presents seventeen overlapping stories of second thoughts and mid-life regret set in the brooding small-town world of coastal Western Australia.

Here are turnings of all kinds - changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours - where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they've made for themselves.

Beautifully crafted, and as tender as they are confronting, these elegaic stories examine the darkness and frailty of ordinary people and celebrate the moments when the light shines through.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 139.7 x 165.1 x 27.94mm | 235.87g
  • Bolinda Audio Books
  • Tullamarine, Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1486203310
  • 9781486203314
  • 593,492

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"As a collection of short stories [The Turning] is magnificent, but it also transcends its form and makes a breathtakingly beautiful and challenging novel." -- Australian Bookseller+Publisher "Plot and prose combine to create what might just come close to being the perfect Australian novel." -- The Herald Sun "[A] remarkable collection of interlinked short stories . . . a superbly balanced whole." -- The Guardian "'To read [Winton] is to be reminded not just of the possibilities of fiction but of the human heart." -- The Times "Listening to The Turning in Sydney traffic was like diving into the refreshing West Australian oceans that Winton describes with such passion. It wasn't hard to imagine the hum of passing traffic to be the wind or the ocean in a storm.
The Turning translates easily to audiobook, albeit across a massive 10 discs. At that length, it's the perfect holiday book to be uploaded to an iPod and listened to at your leisure, or better yet, for the corrugated drive northward from Perth, which all West Australians do at one time or other, through the very country the book encapsulates. Winton's characters are brought to life with an accent that combines gruffness and comfort. The narrators - Humphrey Bower and Caroline Lee - alternate with the stories, which helps keep the momentum.
The broad and gentle Australian accents of the story-tellers echo the dry, pastoral Australian feel of the stories themselves, highlighting the measured cadence of Winton's sentences. The end result is that each story, no matter how disquieting, becomes intimate and strangely beautiful, laden with dust and sea salt." -- Limelight Magazine
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About Tim Winton

Tim Winton has published 20 books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into 25 languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. A passionate environmentalist, he currently lives on the Western Australian coast with his wife and three children. Humphrey Bower is a gifted and versatile actor. Since obtaining a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature at Oxford University, he has worked extensively in theatre, television and audiobook narration. Humphrey won the prestigious Audie Award (US) for his performance of The Family Frying Pan by Bryce Courtenay, and was shortlisted for an Audie Award for his performances of Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan and Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay. Humphrey's sensitive and intelligent readings are highly regarded and he is well-known for his capacity to perform a variety of accents. Caroline Lee is an actress and narrator who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. She has narrated several bestselling titles for Bolinda audio including Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty, and Kate Morton's The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden. She has performed for various theatre companies and received Green Room Awards for Best Actress - Independent Theatre for her roles in Alias Grace and Ordinary Misery, and three AudioFile Earphones Awards, including Best Audiobook of the Year 2016 for Truly Madly Guilty.
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3,958 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1,302)
4 43% (1,683)
3 20% (796)
2 3% (132)
1 1% (45)
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