Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Red Dirt Heart 3
SERIES: Red Dirt
AUTHOR: N.R. Walker
NARRATOR: Joel Leslie
PUBLISHER: Audiobook, Love Lane Books Ltd
LENGTH: 8 hours 48 mins
RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2017
Life for Charlie Sutton has never been better, or busier. With Travis now a permanent fixture of Sutton Station, a permanent fixture at Charlie’s side, Charlie’s convinced he couldn’t do anything on his ever-growing to-do list without him.
He can run a multimillion dollar cattle business, finish his degree, try and further the local beef industry, deal with staff issues, Ma’s failing health, and an attention-demanding wombat. He can even deal with an unexpected visitor and some shattering news.
He can deal with it all, as long as he has Travis.
But what happens when he doesn’t?
Red Dirt Heart 3 is the story of Charlie Sutton finally realising he can be the man Travis Craig deserves, even if he doesn’t have Travis. It’s a story of love, family, holding on, letting go and coming home.
Red Dirt Heart 3 by N.R. Walker and narrated by Joel Leslie was a fabulous way to spend over 8 hours of driving. It is probably the best narration I have heard by Joel Leslie and N.R. Walker wrote with her usual wonderful style and Aussie charm. Joel Leslie has a wonderful Australian accent and he does very well swapping between that and Travis’ Texas drawl.
Red Dirt Heart 3 continues the story of Travis and Charlie who live and work on Sutton Station. You really should have read 1 and 2 before jumping into 3, otherwise you may be a little lost on the history. This is probably my favourite so far, though I think I say that after every book of Ms Walker’s I read. The things I loved are numerous, but I shall name some. The station hands are wonderful, their interactions are wonderful. I love nugget, he is light and joy and happiness. Charlie and Travis together are wonderful, so full of humour, life and love. Ma is the heart of the home and a true highlight of the story.
There were several moments of the book that were predictable. But in the end, what I expected to happen didn’t turn out the same way I thought it would (which I was very grateful for one at least one occasion). I also had a moment where I was yelling at Charlie in my car. I am sure the people next to me thought I was going crazy. But I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t being proactive. But that could just be me.
I am not sure if it is because I am Australian, or because I have seen this area of the country, but I love this series and its setting. The red dirt desert, the Aussie humour, the wombat, the long drives, it is all wonderful. Ms. Walker has a great writing style and her characters are perfectly flawed.
Overall, this is a brilliant audio book, I can’ wait to hear Red Dirt Heart 4!