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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Silvey Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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A poignant and tender sort-of-love story about two damaged people tenuously connecting.

Eleanor is blind and lives with her reclusive mother. Ewan is a cello player with agoraphobia. She is drawn to him through his music but cannot understand the difficulty he faces in forming a friendship. He does not understand her past, nor the impact his music has on her. Amidst the heat of a Fremantle summer, they stumble towards each other.

Sad, funny, affecting, and peopled with characters that live and breathe, Rhubarb is the first novel from a young writer with an astonishing talent. With his sublime and playful use of language and his uncanny ability to reveal the human condition in all its vulnerability and fragility, Craig Silvey has created an extraordinary contemporary story. 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 Christy | 2/14/2014

    " This was a fast read. I liked it a lot. Blind girl meets agoraphobic and I think a very good story enfolds. Plus she has a seeing-eye dog who you just gotta love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zena | 2/11/2014

    " I read this book a while ago but loved it because it was so original. The eccentric characters are funny, tragic and frustrating all at the same time. In a round about way, this is a love story, and they struggle so much to get it together. Another part of the charm of this book is the beautiful and familiar setting, Fremantle. I'm not ashamed to admit that the last scene made me cry... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 2/10/2014

    " love a book that makes you think and makes you laugh!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mardi | 1/18/2014

    " Took a little while to grab me but it finally did. Loved the descriptions of the instrument making; laughed out loud at the animal antics; compelling characters to barrack for; all by a promising young Aussie author. Good combo.... definitely worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/18/2014

    " I love Craig Silvey's use of humour and wordplay. In Rhubarb he presents two emotionally scarred young people, locked in their own worlds who find each other through music. The antics of seeing-eye dog, Warren, a partnership of possums and a grumpy hermit crab offer welcome amusement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gayann | 1/15/2014

    " The only reason this got 2 stars was Warren, the guide dog. I really enjoyed how Silvey made him come to life, showed his "human-ness." The last 50 pages are the best and it was a complex chore for me to get through the first 280. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renae Rush | 12/12/2013

    " Loved it loved it loved it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sorinamckay | 12/12/2013

    " Brilliant read but I am a west Australian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Caouette | 10/13/2013

    " ok, not as good as Jasper Jones, author seems to be trying a bit too hard, a bit overworked. But still worht reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/24/2012

    " Absolutely fantastic. Quirky and best imagery I have seen for some years "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 11/21/2012

    " Beautiful portrait of loneliness and the female condition. Honest and truly touching prose from an author who was so young when he wrote it, but wise beyond his years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kermit19 | 11/5/2012

    " Well written for a first novel. I love Warren the dog and the two possums.Some amusing characters like Bruno and the sweet old man Frank. The barbeque is a scream. Would reccoment it.If you love this you will love Jasper Jones his second novel even better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbs Lodge | 5/26/2012

    " Disappointing effort after his first book Jasper Jones which was totally fabulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Bower | 5/15/2012

    " Here is a wonderful writer. Lyrical and poetic, the book is more like a prose poem than narrative. Beautiful! The characters are interesting and quirky, very different. The story, however, is not gripping unfortunately and the ending disappoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuelthay | 5/14/2012

    " Beautiful. Hard to put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glenda | 11/16/2011

    " Weird! Loved Jasper Jones. This was just a struggle to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 8/28/2011

    " Ecelctic, hilarious and moving. It's also a beautiful portrayal of Fremantle, Western Australia (my 'hood'). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 7/13/2011

    " I struggled with it to start but I am glad I continued reading to the end. By the close of the story I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 slyonbooks | 6/28/2011

    " Loved Craig Silvey's first novel set in Fremantle, Western Australia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbs | 6/20/2011

    " Disappointing effort after his first book Jasper Jones which was totally fabulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 4/6/2011

    " This was a fast read. I liked it a lot. Blind girl meets agoraphobic and I think a very good story enfolds. Plus she has a seeing-eye dog who you just gotta love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 2/21/2011

    " I really enjoy Craig Silveys' style, I didn't always follow what was going on but I was happy to go along for the ride. The descriptions of sensory feelings are poetic and I wish I was better at remembering lines because there are some in this book that I would love to be able to recall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 12/4/2010

    " Absolutely fantastic. Quirky and best imagery I have seen for some years "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 6/29/2010

    " Here is a wonderful writer. Lyrical and poetic, the book is more like a prose poem than narrative. Beautiful! The characters are interesting and quirky, very different. The story, however, is not gripping unfortunately and the ending disappoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 5/28/2008

    " Ecelctic, hilarious and moving. It's also a beautiful portrayal of Fremantle, Western Australia (my 'hood'). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/11/2008

    " I wanted to read this book because it is set in Fremantle and I love this place. I did find it a little frustrating though, maybe the writing style annoyed me a bit. "

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About the Author
Author Craig SilveyCRAIG SILVEY wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, at the age of 19. It became a bestseller and was chosen as the "One Book" for the Perth International Writers Festival. Craig is the singer/songwriter for the band The Nancy Sikes! and lives in Fremantle, Australia.
About the Narrator

Humphrey Bower is a gifted and versatile actor. Since obtaining a BA in English Language and Literature at Oxford University he has worked extensively in theater, television, and audiobook narration. Humphrey won the prestigious Audie Award for his performance of The Family Frying Pan by Bryce Courtenay, and has been short-listed for an Audie Award for his performances of Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan and Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay. Humphrey’s sensitive and intelligent readings are highly regarded and he is well-known for his capacity to perform a variety of accents. He was won twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards.