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The Turning (MP3)
Written by:
Tim Winton 
Read by:
Caroline LeeHumphrey Bower 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 45 minutes 
MP3 size:
445 MB 
April 01 2009 
Available Date:
April 01 2009 
Age Category:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction; Short Stories & Anthologies 
Bolinda audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 29.95
AUD$ 29.95

International bestseller
Bestselling author

Shortlisted Audie Award / Short Stories/Collections 2007
Winner NSW Premier's Literary Awards / Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2005
Winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards / Best Fiction Book 2005
Commended The Commonwealth Writer's Prize / Best Book (South East Asia and South Pacific Region) 2005
Joint Winner Colin Roderick Award 2004
Shortlisted Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2005

"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

From the internationally acclaimed author of Dirt Music comes an outstanding work of fiction.

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.

"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

"[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