- Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
- Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 17-12-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
In homage to author Craig Silvey’s musical sensibilities, performer Humphrey Bower lends an absolutely singsong quality to this jilted lullaby of loneliness. Indeed, the Aussie actor’s Bob Dylan impression is remarkably convincing. Bower’s pensive pacing and melodious warbling play perfectly with the unusual blend of prose, verse, and stream-of-consciousness flashbacks that inform Silvey’s strikingly unique linguistic stylings.
Sad, funny, affecting, and peopled with characters that live and breathe, Rhubarb is the first novel from a young writer with an astonishing talent. With his sublime and playful use of language and his uncanny ability to reveal the human condition in all its vulnerability and fragility, Craig Silvey has created an extraordinary contemporary story.
"The playful words and images in this book are a sheer joy. More please." (Sydney Morning Herald)
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By Louise on 11-04-08
Rhubarb is a lot more than a love story. It's written in the 3rd person. Normally I don't like this tense in writing but Craig Silvey makes it work. We get to know and love the 2 main and appreciate the supporting characters. Humor is sprinkled liberally through out but it's not a comedic novel.
All the characters are vivid and well developed. May I dare say that in this novel I couldn't help thinking that here is the next Bryce Courtenay. For all of you who are familiar with this prolific author know I mean this comment as flattery.
Sad to see Rhubarb end and even sadder that Craig Silvey has nothing more on Audible.
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By Dave on 19-04-10
The chase at the very end is breathtaking, which is my way to describe this powerful love story about two special people.Funny, sad, intensely moving, strong characters all expressed by my favorite narrator, Humphrey Bower. This is clearly a "must listen".
As another reviewer stated, too bad this is Craig Silvey's only audible book. More of Silvey please! More of Bower!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful