• by Peter Carey
  • Narrated by Stan Pretty
  • 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Kim

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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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2007
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks