The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • by Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by Richard Flanagan
  • 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize
A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.
August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier.
Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

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What the Critics Say

"Richard Flanagan is one of the most exciting novelists working anywhere, full stop." (The Age)
"Flanagan can stop a reader's breath." (Los Angeles Times)
"Mr Flanagan is a master of sleight of hand, adept at using words to conjure worlds, an indefatigable artist." (The New York Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Annoying voice

What would have made The Narrow Road to the Deep North better?

A professional voice.


What did you like best about this story?

it seems to be really well written and about a subject matter I find fascinating. it's just the read that lets it down


What didn’t you like about Richard Flanagan’s performance?

Unbelievably slow and laborious. Almost without emotion.


Any additional comments?

I will read this book instead of listening to it.

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- Nev W Gilllett

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How did the narrator detract from the book?

As far as I could tell there was some nice clean prose and a good story struggling to get out, but some one should have explained to Richard Flanagan that it was time to hand over his baby to an actor capable of infusing some life into the narrative. I gave up after the opening and, on the basis that I do think there may be a good book there, have ordered the kindle version instead.


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Book Details

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