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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (293 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janette Turner Hospital Narrator: Edwina Wren Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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A major literary event... the new novel from the award-winning author of Due Preparations for the Plague (also available from Bolinda Audio).

In the ancient myth, Orpheus travels to the underworld to rescue his lover Eurydice from death. In this compelling re-imagining of the Orpheus story, Leela travels into an underworld of kidnapping, torture, and despair in search of her lover. A mathematical genius, Leela has escaped her hardscrabble Southern hometown to study in Boston. There she encounters Mishka, a young Australian musician who soon becomes her lover. Then one day Leela is picked up off the street and taken to an interrogation centre. There has been an 'incident', an explosion on the underground; terrorists are suspected. Her interrogators reveal that Mishka may not be all he seems. But as she struggles to digest all this, Mishka disappears...

Achingly sensual, effortlessly lyrical, Janette Turner Hospital's dazzling Orpheus Lost is a powerful and disturbing novel. It is both a love story on a grand scale that spans America, Australia and Baghdad, and an examination of what happens to individuals when terrible mistakes are made in the name of 'national security'. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominica | 2/13/2014

    " Hauntingly beautiful and not at all what I expected... but definitely worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 2/1/2014

    " Amazing, amazing writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Willis | 1/24/2014

    " Shifting between unlikely perspectives of a mathematician, an Army/ Security guard and a fragile, emotionally wounded and gifted musician, explores the terrain of falling into the metaphorical underworld of Hades. These characters make a fatal mistake and 'Orpeus', the double identity accidently becomes associated with a terrorist organisation. This novel is about the guilt, revenge and justice. It is also about the ramifications of uncovering terrain that is best forgotten. Like her earlier novel, Tiger in the Tiger Pit, this novel beautifully describes music. But this time, she evokes Eastern as well as Western music. A great book. I don't know why she isn't more polular. She is a prolific Australian author. Motifs and descriptions of music similar to Vikram Seth's An Equal Music and Peter Goldsworthy's Maestro. Does it matter if you don't know the myths of Orpheus? Books that make literary allusions should not be seen as inaccessable. It makes you want to find out more about Greek mythology and read The Iliad and The Odyssey (even in a condensed children's book format to start with). No, literary allusions should never detract from a book, but enhance it. More writing should do this - it makes the reading a more enriching and educating experience, if we chose to remember or find out about the other stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 1/22/2014

    " This was excellent. I had a lovely time reading it. It's politics are a little darker than I think reality is, but close enough to be acceptable/convincing as a fiction. Some of the wrap-up was a bit glib, but still satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Foxytocin | 1/19/2014

    " Brooding........math, music, unfortunate souls......innocence and ignorance overlap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Florence | 11/27/2013

    " The plot was a little too movie-ish for me, but I really liked how she wrote. She was able to paint with words images such that you were in the present and at the same time, experiencing the character's sensations, memories and feelings. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 11/17/2013

    " nice try. no, not really. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karis North | 11/8/2013

    " Didn't finish, although I'm not sure why "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corrie | 10/28/2013

    " This book wasn't bad, but wasn't great... there were some stylistic elements that I wasn't the most impressed with. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 10/21/2013

    " I read about a third of this book and although the story line was ok there was too much about it that I didn't like and so chose not to finish it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 7/26/2013

    " Loved this book. Mesmerising "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 6/15/2013

    " Having trouble finishing this but there are parts of it I find haunting and bizarrely memorable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 3/24/2013

    " It made me cry at the end and I was not expecting that. Lyrical style of prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorena molieri | 1/28/2013

    " this was a great book. think of the possiblity that the one you love and have that deep special feeling is the one that you should doubt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hlogan | 9/29/2011

    " A very surprising novel. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Atl Goddess | 8/27/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books. It is a real page turner with good character development. It spans the globe spinning a great tale that is as evocative of Australia as South Carolina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Foxytocin | 5/4/2011

    " Brooding........math, music, unfortunate souls......innocence and ignorance overlap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 3/12/2011

    " An odd and very dark novel. It's set in post-9/11 Boston and in the Daintree. Quite a strange premise but I do like her writing.
    CH "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 6/30/2010

    " Had no idea where the story was heading. Interesting read. I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 3/30/2010

    " Orpheus Lost: A Novel by Janette Turner Hospital (2007) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Moira | 2/21/2010

    " "Eh. A modern Orpheus tale about a mathematician, a musician, and a bounty hunter. The writing was bland." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karis | 9/26/2009

    " Didn't finish, although I'm not sure why "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 3/15/2009

    " This was really a terrible read. Badly written, badly conceived story with characters that didn't work and were unbelievable and inconsistent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 3/11/2009

    " I liked it. I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars. It kept me turning the pages and even though at times I got a little impatient with Leela (she wanted to believe everyone except Misha), I really like the story, it was believable and different and the author turned some wonderful phrases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqui | 2/2/2009

    " I enjoyed this book and the rdevelopment of the elationship between the two central characters. It was interesting and you had to read into the sub-text.
    I like her writing and found it an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob & Liz | 1/14/2009

    " Orpheus Lost is a book that deals with terrorism and all of its tentacles in a very sensitive manner.

    Liz "

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