• Theft

  • A Love Story
  • By: Peter Carey
  • Narrated by: Stan Pretty
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-04-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.2 (13 ratings)


Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2006.
Nominated for the Man Booker International Prize, 2007.
Michael "Butcher" Boone is an ex-"really famous" painter, now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotions. Together, they've forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, she's also the daughter-in-law of the late, great painter Jacques Liebovitz, one of Butcher's earliest influences. She's sweet to Hugh and falls in love with Butcher, and they reciprocate in kind. And she sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making, or the ruin, of them all.
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©2007 Peter Carey (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic reviews

"A magnificent creation." ( New Yorker)
"A funny, gorgeous steal of a book." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"A new Peter Carey novel is a cause for joy." ( Guardian)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 05-07-07

narrators are important

Unfortunatley I can't get to grips with this narrators style of speech, so however good the story is, I can't get into it, I have tried many times to listen to this, but still I get annoyed with it within a few minutes and turn it off.
Best advice, -listen to the sample before you buy this.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 15-06-07

Peter Carey just gets better and better

I finished this a month ago and I still miss the characters. I can feel their loss like that of a close family member! The narration is fantastic, drawing you into the distinctly loveable, flawed characters.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Carol on 29-02-12

This grew on me.

At first I wasn't too sure about this book, especially the Aussie accent. But once the characters started to develop and I got used to the accent, I really enjoyed it. The slow-witted brother was great! This isn't a typical type of book, and is worth the listen. I think the performance enhanced the story.

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