• by Christos Tsiolkas
  • Narrated by Grant Cartwright
  • 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the 2014 Indie Awards
He asked the water to lift him, to carry him, to avenge him. He made his muscles shape his fury, made every stroke declare his hate. And the water obeyed; the water would give him his revenge. No one could beat him, no one came close.
His whole life Danny Kelly's only wanted one thing: to win Olympic gold. Everything he's ever done, every thought, every dream, every action takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His life has been a preparation for that moment.
His parents struggle to send him to the most prestigious private school with the finest swimming program; Danny loathes it there and is bullied and shunned as an outsider, but his coach is the best and knows Danny is, too, better than all those rich boys, those pretenders. Danny's win-at-all-cost ferocity gradually wins favour with the coolest boys - he's Barracuda, he's the psycho, he's everything they want to be but don't have the guts to get there. He's going to show them all.
He would be first, everything would be alright when he came first, all would be put back in place. When he thought of being the best, only then did he feel calm.
A searing and provocative novel by the acclaimed author of the international best seller The Slap, Barracuda is an unflinching look at modern Australia, at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families.
It contains everything a person is: family and friendship and love and work, the identities we inhabit and discard, the means by which we fill the holes at our centre. It's brutal and tender and blazingly brilliant; everything we have come to expect from this fearless vivisector of our lives and world.


What the Critics Say

"...Tsiolkas has written an absolute ripper." (The Age )
"A comtemporary Australian masterpiece." (Australian Bookseller + Publisher )


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Customer Reviews

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An Unexpected Masterpiece

Barracuda is a coming of age story that deals with the most difficult of human emotions that is existential shame. The warped perspective of it and how it twines itself with identity is dealt with in a sophisticated interweaving of narrative. I could have done without thinking I was in Glasgow when really I was in Melbourne for a chapter or so in the beginning, but that's probably my inattention. Highly recommended.
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- Alicia

Barracuda: plenty to bite on

The characters are really well drawn and involving - much more than in The Slap, also by Tsiolkas, which I struggled with.

The jumps in time of narrative, backwards and forwards, works really well. It really showcases and discusses Australia as a country as well as focusing on this one family. I loved it.
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- Mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd