The Thorn Birds

  • by Colleen McCullough
  • Narrated by Greta Scacchi
  • 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sometimes when he didn't know he was being watched, Meggie would look at him and try desperately to imprint his face upon her brain's core. And he would turn to find her watching him, a look in his eyes of haunted grief, a doomed look. She understood the implicit message, or thought she did; he must go, back to the Church and his duties. Never again with the same spirit, perhaps, but more able to serve. For only those who have slipped and fallen know the vicissitudes of the way.


What the Critics Say

"One of those books that will be read as long as women love, and men care." ( Daily Mirror)
"I simply could not put it down. If it hadn't been wrenched from me at mealtimes, I'd have starved." ( Daily Mail)
"A true epic....It's easy to see why this stunning tale has been called the Australian Gone With the Wind." ( Daily Telegraph)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Hideous abridgement! Don't bother!

What would have made The Thorn Birds better?

It felt like there was massive areas missed out.

Would you ever listen to anything by Colleen McCullough again?

I love this story, but it just felt massacred!

What does Greta Scacchi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brilliantly narrated! The voices really brought the characters to life!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

I hated this version of a fantastic story!

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- Jude P.

Abridged version

I had not realised this was an abridged version, having read the Thorn Birds 3 times previously - it has always been one of my favourite books, however, I was disappointed that it was not the full version. It was read beautifully - I just wished it had been the full version.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2007
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK