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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: July 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicity | 1/16/2014

    " I saw Robert Drewe speak at a literature conference of a number of authors back in school, and it spurred me on to read this book. Captivating and wonderful-should be considered an Aussie classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 1/8/2014

    " Incredibly evocative. This book had a fantastic atmosphere and I could almost taste the Perth sand even though I've never been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruby | 1/4/2014

    " I found this a bit hard to read, mainly because of its 'rough' pacing and whiteout bleakness, which both surprised me some when i found the writer spent time as a journalist. But i gave it my usual 50-60 pages and a little more and by then it seemed to smooth out. There is a hovering menace and an underlying threat throughout the story and at 350 some pages long it's enough to keep you close, but sadly considerably detached. I have a feeling i may revisit this one sometime in the distant future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthea | 1/2/2014

    " Utterley painful to read. The novel is nowhere near as interesting as the blurb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacquie | 12/20/2013

    " Unashamedly parochial fondness for this Perth suburban story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/3/2013

    " The humour in this book was quite odd, but this is precisely why I liked it. That being said, it was not a book I would rush to read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 12/1/2013

    " An autobiographical work, this still reads like fiction, though it's plainly not. Drewe's look back at a murder he was associated with (in the way of small towns) evokes a strong sense of place, and of outsiders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 11/25/2013

    " A cleverly constructed portrait of the human psyche. Captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 11/3/2013

    " A thoroughly engaging read; a crime novel that isn't actually about the crime. While the writing wasn't spectacular, it hooked you in and the fact that it was a true story, almost a memoir, made it even more fascinating. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/21/2013

    " This is an interesting and engaging memoir. Considering its dark material that runs throughout, this book made me consistently laugh, with Drewe's humorous anecdotes about growing up. He is a witty man. My only criticism is it seemed to be a bit dragged out. But other than that, a top read!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 2/11/2013

    " i had to read this book for english, this is the worst book i have ever been forced to read, espcially the chapters devoted to dunlop!!! WTF!! Terribee book, my entire year level hated this book and complained about it that much, they removed the book from the next years curriculum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/22/2012

    " good book, but the blurb set had the murder being the focus of the book. this led to it being a bit if a leftdown as I was expecting a thriller/crime drama but it was.more a journey into the writers past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Hunt | 11/11/2012

    " Enjoyed this book - read it in 4 days! This book is what made me go on to read about the crimes that feature in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 10/10/2012

    " My dear friend Kerry gave this book to me and it gave me a great sense of what Perth was like when she was growing up. I could actually feel the heat as I read! It ends up being a bit spooky! I really enjoyed the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Bower | 9/4/2012

    " Loved this book! Wonderful descriptions of my home town which took me back to my own childhood. Juxtaposing this innocent life against the dark story of a serial killer makes it a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heikki | 8/12/2012

    " Was recommended to me as the RD book to read. Semi-autobiographical story about growing up in Perth in the 60s. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby Diaz | 5/11/2012

    " Gripping true murder tale set in Perth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 3/2/2012

    " Enjoyable in passages but I often found it quite difficult to follow. The events on the blurb didn't really happen until right at the end, and the title had only a tenuous link to the story. Sidelines perhaps, but made it difficult for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 12/7/2011

    " loved it because it was local - our Feb book club choice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacinta | 11/17/2011

    " awesomeness. now i really want to move to WA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Saunders | 8/21/2011

    " I thought Robert did a great job of telling his/the story from an insiders point of view, that is a Perth local, yet still keeping his distance and looking at it from the outside. I liked his portrayal of being a Dunlop family and keeping the 'faith'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Goldsmith | 5/26/2011

    " Great slice of West Australian history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 5/21/2011

    " I read this while I was spending a month in Western Australia; Very good, and a real page-turner. I haven't read anything else by Drewe but was turned onto this by Bill Bryson, who said it captured the frozen in time nature of W.Au. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 5/16/2011

    " Captures the essence of Perth so well that it would have to make the most jaded of Perth leavers feeling uncomfortably homesick "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/28/2011

    " Enjoyable in passages but I often found it quite difficult to follow. The events on the blurb didn't really happen until right at the end, and the title had only a tenuous link to the story. Sidelines perhaps, but made it difficult for me! "

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

    " 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 Katherine | 10/23/2010

    " i had to read this book for english, this is the worst book i have ever been forced to read, espcially the chapters devoted to dunlop!!! WTF!! Terribee book, my entire year level hated this book and complained about it that much, they removed the book from the next years curriculum. "

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

    " Loved this book! Wonderful descriptions of my home town which took me back to my own childhood. Juxtaposing this innocent life against the dark story of a serial killer makes it a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthea | 4/21/2010

    " Utterley painful to read. The novel is nowhere near as interesting as the blurb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassie | 4/16/2010

    " A thoroughly engaging read; a crime novel that isn't actually about the crime. While the writing wasn't spectacular, it hooked you in and the fact that it was a true story, almost a memoir, made it even more fascinating. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicity | 1/24/2010

    " I saw Robert Drewe speak at a literature conference of a number of authors back in school, and it spurred me on to read this book. Captivating and wonderful-should be considered an Aussie classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacinta | 1/24/2010

    " awesomeness. now i really want to move to WA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/15/2009

    " Great slice of West Australian history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 2/27/2009

    " loved it because it was local - our Feb book club choice "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sophie | 2/25/2009

    " a bit self-indulgent. Either tell their story or yours. I thought the father was very interesting, though so I did enjoy that part of it. A bit disappointed overall though.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Breannan | 2/6/2009

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Esther | 10/28/2008

    " Watch the ABC mini-series...its better than the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 9/29/2008

    " An autobiographical work, this still reads like fiction, though it's plainly not. Drewe's look back at a murder he was associated with (in the way of small towns) evokes a strong sense of place, and of outsiders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 9/18/2008

    " My dear friend Kerry gave this book to me and it gave me a great sense of what Perth was like when she was growing up. I could actually feel the heat as I read! It ends up being a bit spooky! I really enjoyed the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/10/2008

    " Really good book. It was especially interesting knowing some of the locations. The characters are interesting and likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 5/6/2008

    " Incredibly evocative. This book had a fantastic atmosphere and I could almost taste the Perth sand even though I've never been. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 8/13/2007

    " I read this while I was spending a month in Western Australia; Very good, and a real page-turner. I haven't read anything else by Drewe but was turned onto this by Bill Bryson, who said it captured the frozen in time nature of W.Au. "

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