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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (415 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Drewe Narrator: Michael Carman Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Shark Net, a vibrant and haunting memoir that reaches beyond the dark recesses of murder and chaos to encompass their ordinary suburban backdrop.

Aged six, Robert Drewe moved with his family from Melbourne to Perth, the world's most isolated city, and proud of it. This sun-baked coast was innocently proud, too, of its tranquility and friendliness. Then a man he knew murdered a boy he also knew. The murderer randomly killed eight strangers: variously shooting, strangling, stabbing, bludgeoning, and hacking his victims and running them down with cars, an innocent Perth was changed forever. In the middle-class suburbs which were the killer's main stalking grounds, the mysterious murders created widespread anxiety and instant local myth.In Robert Drewe's hands, a whole time and region come to vivid life. Extraordinarily moving, surprisingly humorous and beautifully observed.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Saskia | 2/16/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed Drewe's humour above all else in The Shark Net. I often found myself laughing out loud to myself and when reading it aloud in class. The casual, non-linear style added to my enjoyment of the book, and the underlying serial murders offer a great insight into the community where Drewe grew up in the 1960s. The Shark Net has hidden layers, just as does the beautifully painted 1960s Perth, offering not only an entertaining, witty read, but also a serious literary text on the death of innocence in a community amidst a false sense of security and immortality. The Shark Net is a must for all Australians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tony | 2/5/2014

    " I read this book while living in Perth for just over a year. I loved how it captured the essence of the place, even though it was set many decades in the past. All of the place names were very familiar to me, and much of the story takes place right in the neighborhood that we lived in. Having said that, I do not think this book would have resonated as strongly with me had I not had this personal connection to the setting. The story itself held my interest well enough, but the narrative wasn't really gripping, and the prose was more like reporting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caitlin | 1/30/2014

    " Really captures the isolated, hot, insular world of Perth. I grew up in Perth during the Claremone serial killer days, which cast a huge shadow of creepiness over the whole city, so really interesting to see a similar story of the 1950s. Amazing how little Perth had changed... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Breannan Hepburn | 1/23/2014

    " This is one of the most boring books I have ever read. He has more of a journalistic style that doesn't transfer to novels very well. "

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