The Rain Heron: A Novel Audiobook, by Robbie Arnott Play Audiobook Sample

The Rain Heron: A Novel Audiobook

The Rain Heron: A Novel Audiobook, by Robbie Arnott Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jessica Douglas-Henry, Zoe Carides Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250799524

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Longest Chapter Length:

59:58 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

13 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

39:49 minutes

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A gripping novel of myth, environment, adventure, and an unlikely friendship, from an award-winning Australian author. Ren lives alone on the remote frontier of a country devastated by a coup d'état. High on the forested slopes, she survives by hunting, farming, trading, and forgetting the contours of what was once a normal life. But her quiet stability is disrupted when an army unit, led by a young female soldier, comes to the mountains on government orders in search of a legendary creature called the rain heron—a mythical, dangerous, form-shifting bird with the ability to change the weather. Ren insists that the bird is simply a story, yet the soldier will not be deterred, forcing them both into a gruelling quest. Spellbinding and immersive, Robbie Arnott’s The Rain Heron is an astounding, mythical exploration of human resilience, female friendship, and humankind’s precarious relationship to nature. As Ren and the soldier hunt for the heron, a bond between them forms, and the painful details of Ren’s former life emerge—a life punctuated by loss, trauma, and a second, equally magical and dangerous creature. Slowly, Ren's and the soldier’s lives entwine, unravel, and ultimately erupt in a masterfully crafted ending in which both women are forced to confront their biggest fears—and regrets. Robbie Arnott, one of Australia’s most acclaimed young novelists, sews magic into reality with a steady, confident hand. Bubbling with rare imagination and ambition, The Rain Heron is an emotionally charged and dazzling novel, one that asks timely yet eternal questions about environment, friendship, nationality, and the myths that bind us. A Macmillan Audio production from FSG Originals

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“Arnott’s writing is clear and compelling, particularly in descriptions of the folkloric bird, with its ‘rain-smeared transparency.'”

— New Yorker 


  • "A gorgeous and spellbinding eco-fantasy.”

    — BuzzFeed
  • “The novel moves at a quicksilver pace, shimmering with menace and electric visions of forests and lake-filled valleys.”

    — New York Times Book Review


  • Shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing

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