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2.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 52.5 out of 5 2.50 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christos Tsiolkas Narrator: Alex Dimitriades Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN:
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The best-selling cult author of Loaded and Dead Europe here turns his blowtorch onto the belly of middle-class suburban Australia and its notions of child-rearing and acceptable behavior.

At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the incident. In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye onto that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the 21st century. The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue. The slap and its consequences force them all to question their own families and the way they live, their expectations, beliefs and desires. What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensity - all the passions and conflicting beliefs - that family can arouse.

In its clear-eyed and forensic dissection of the ever-growing middle class and its aspirations and fears, The Slap is also a poignant, provocative novel about the nature of loyalty and happiness, compromise and truth.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catty | 6/26/2011

    " This book is terrible overrated. There is not one likeable character, and Tsiolkas' depiction of teenagers and youth was so far out of touch it was clear that it was written by a bitter, middle aged man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raimo | 6/19/2011

    " I love character-driven fiction so this novel really worked for me. A disparate cast of characters feel the ripple effect of "The Slap" of the title. There are some juicy bits too!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lihsian | 6/15/2011

    " Very dislikable characters but credit must be given to the author who succeeds in surfacing strong feelings towards these characters in readers of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annica | 6/13/2011

    " If this is a true account of life in Melbourne - God help us! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/11/2011

    " great premise, atrocious writing. just couldn't give him the benefit of the doubt and had put it down around page 5. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carey | 6/10/2011

    " Sitting in an airport - with nothing else to read and it still went flying into the bin in disgust. Not one sympathetic character, so much appalling language it made me feel like I was bloody Mary Whitehouse. Hated this "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 6/10/2011

    " i adored this book! i found it very inspiring and made me question my own relationship. the ending was cute but did not live up to the rest of the book, i felt the author wrote better for the adults storylines rather than the cliche teenagers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 6/9/2011

    " Strangley compelling despite having a group of totally unlikeable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Solo | 6/9/2011

    " Cleverly constructed in terms that no character was entirely sympathetic, each being intrinsically flawed.However there was a pronounced over-emphasis on the sexual dimensions/indisgressions of each character that I found increasingly tedious. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glenys | 6/7/2011

    " Hated it. Hated it. Hated it. I read all of it in the vain hope that it would have some redeeming feature but it didn't. This author must dislike everyone he knows to have created such an unappealing group of characters. "

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About the Author
Author Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of several novels, including Loaded, which was made into the feature film Head-On, The Jesus Man, and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. He won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009, was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award, long listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal for The Slap, which was also announced as the 2009 Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Book Industry Awards Books of the Year. Barracuda is his fifth novel. He is also a playwright, essayist, and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.