Larrimah Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A dying town, a missing man. One of Australia's greatest mysteries - two whodunnits, twisted together.
Larrimah: hot, barren, a speck of dust in the centre of the nothingness of Outback Australia. Where you might find a death adder in the bar and a spider or 10 in the toaster. Maybe it's stupid to write a love letter to a town that looks like this, especially when it's someone else's town. A town where there's nothing to see, nothing to buy and the closest thing to an attraction is a weird Pink Panther in a gyrocopter whose head falls off intermittently. A town steeped in ancient superstition and pockmarked with sinkholes. It's Kadaitja country. People go missing in the bush there, the traditional owners say.
It's doubly stupid to write a love letter to a town where someone did go missing and one of the remaining residents might be a murderer. A town at the centre of one of the biggest mysteries Outback Australia has ever seen - a weird, swirling whodunnit about camel pies and wild donkeys and drug deals and crocodiles, a case that's had police scratching their heads for years, while journalists and filmmakers and Hollywood turn up, from time to time, to ask what the hell happened here.
And it makes no sense to fall for a place when the town is crumbling into the dust and it looks a lot like your love letter might end up being a eulogy. But whatever happened in Larrimah, it's strange and precious and surprisingly funny. Journalists Kylie Stevenson and Caroline Graham have spent years trying to pin it down - what happened to Paddy Moriarty and his dog, how they disappeared, how they might take the whole town and something even bigger with them.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 51 minutes|
|Author||Caroline Graham, Kylie Stevenson|
|Narrator||Caroline Graham, Kylie Stevenson|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||19 October 2021|
|Publisher||Wavesound from W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 29,284 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
185 in Murder True Crime
1,334 in True Crime Accounts
19,825 in Teen & Young Adult (Books)
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I first learned of this incredible story when I listened to the podcast Lost in Larrimah. The book gives so much more detail and insight as the authors have done even more research and investigation into the unsolved Australian outback mystery. How does a man, who lives in a remote Northern Territory town with just 12 residents, simply disappear without a trace.
Through the authors' vivid writing, you can feel the oppossive heat, taste red bulldust and shiver in the outback darkness. I laughed out loud many times and other times stopped just to absorb the true craziness of the outback. A blind crocodile, endless snakes, exotic birds, a life sized Pink Panther and the tall stories that are mostly true. At times I feared for the authors' safety as they relentless pursued the truth of what happened to Paddy Moriarty.
Couldn't put it down.
Great to have real localities that tell the story of our country that 99.9% of people can't relate to, but it's out there if you take the time to "smell the roses" as the saying goes.
This is a fascinating story of a remote Australian town on a major highway on the edge of the "never never"
Based on a factual account of an Australian mystery it is well written, entertaining and makes compelling reading. I couldn't put it down.
You'll want to visit Larrimah just to savour the jam and scones.
‘Stories are usually sprawling, murky things.’
Journalists Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson won a 2018 Walkley award for their podcast ‘’Lost in Larrimah’, and then visited Larrimah to assist them in writing this book. While they did not find Paddy or solve his disappearance, they found plenty to write about in Larrimah. After Paddy disappeared, Larrimah only had eleven human residents. The menagerie at the Larrimah Hotel (aka The Pink Panther Pub) includes an eyeless croc and it is fair to say that each of the humans that lives in Larrimah is a character.
Ms Graham and Ms Stevenson share some of the history of Larrimah (how and why it was established) and some of the stories they were told as they stayed in Larrimah, including speculation about what happened to Paddy and why.
I was intrigued by the mystery of Paddy’s disappearance, interested in the history of what seems to be a dying town and fascinated by some of the characters who live there. I am glad I read this book during a comparatively cool spring in eastern Australia: I doubt that I could be comfortable in the outback heat. Will we ever know what happened to Paddy? This year, the NT Police announced a $A250,000 reward for information. I wonder.
This book is an interesting blend of a mysterious disappearance and history, of people and place.