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Di writes about the Australia she knows, she loves, she's explored. Rain Music is inspired by her adventures in far north Queensland - its characters, its forgotten history, its modern dilemmas. A brother and sister, Ned and Bella Chisholm, are struggling with a family tragedy that has set them on opposite paths. After Ned takes off to pursue his musical dreams in far north Di writes about the Australia she knows, she loves, she's explored. Rain Music is inspired by her adventures in far north Queensland - its characters, its forgotten history, its modern dilemmas. A brother and sister, Ned and Bella Chisholm, are struggling with a family tragedy that has set them on opposite paths. After Ned takes off to pursue his musical dreams in far north Queensland, he disappears. When Bella goes in search of her brother, she ends up in remote Cooktown and both their lives are dramatically changed in the isolated, little-known far north of Australia. One story through two sets of eyes.


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Di writes about the Australia she knows, she loves, she's explored. Rain Music is inspired by her adventures in far north Queensland - its characters, its forgotten history, its modern dilemmas. A brother and sister, Ned and Bella Chisholm, are struggling with a family tragedy that has set them on opposite paths. After Ned takes off to pursue his musical dreams in far north Di writes about the Australia she knows, she loves, she's explored. Rain Music is inspired by her adventures in far north Queensland - its characters, its forgotten history, its modern dilemmas. A brother and sister, Ned and Bella Chisholm, are struggling with a family tragedy that has set them on opposite paths. After Ned takes off to pursue his musical dreams in far north Queensland, he disappears. When Bella goes in search of her brother, she ends up in remote Cooktown and both their lives are dramatically changed in the isolated, little-known far north of Australia. One story through two sets of eyes.

30 review for Rain Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Again, I’ve chosen a dodgy audio cd to listen to. This novel was lacking storyline, interesting characters, any type of excitement and any type of reason to want to keep on reading. I did not enjoy it. This prolific author seems to write in an older generational tone, i.e. She writes not in the voice of youngsters. ‘Marvellous’ for instance, amongst so many others, the dialogue just doesn’t ring true. I’m not sure how she gets away with it, I don’t know how everyone isn’t noticing these things. Again, I’ve chosen a dodgy audio cd to listen to. This novel was lacking storyline, interesting characters, any type of excitement and any type of reason to want to keep on reading. I did not enjoy it. This prolific author seems to write in an older generational tone, i.e. She writes not in the voice of youngsters. ‘Marvellous’ for instance, amongst so many others, the dialogue just doesn’t ring true. I’m not sure how she gets away with it, I don’t know how everyone isn’t noticing these things. The dialogue was stilted and unappealing. One portion of the storyline were some old letters being found, and these letters did not at all fit into the groove of the storyline. In fact, some of the sub plots just were not at all interesting, it was like it just didn’t fit together. I was not interested in the characters, they were boring and I was not invested in their lives whatsoever. This was mundane, boring and predictable. I don’t want to read this author anymore. I’m at a loss right now. Oh, and of course, the narration was terrible. The change over from male to female was hard to listn to, even male to male, he was just trying to differentiate every character. At one stage I was trying to guess what was happening from male to female. He sounded like he was yawning! Yuck.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Jarvis

    Di Morrissey writes wonderful stories. Set in Australia's North Queensland 'Rain Music' is a terrific story with great characters and an incredible location which is beautifully portrayed. Such an enjoyable novel - couldn't put it down!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    I picked this book up because I kept coming across it in bookstores, and the reason why is - it's written by an Australian author, about Australian history. From the beginning I got this feeling - the writing style feels like high school creative writing. Everything feels too structured, too... following the rules. I really like authors that break the 'rules' of writing and what not, and write freely. But this book felt like it was going to be graded by an english teacher for the way the I picked this book up because I kept coming across it in bookstores, and the reason why is - it's written by an Australian author, about Australian history. From the beginning I got this feeling - the writing style feels like high school creative writing. Everything feels too structured, too... following the rules. I really like authors that break the 'rules' of writing and what not, and write freely. But this book felt like it was going to be graded by an english teacher for the way the sentences are phrased. So, because of that, I couldn't get into the story. I couldn't take it too seriously, the characters are in their mid 30s but felt immature to me, like they're teenagers. The other main problem is the predictability. Very predictable. Of course, it's not a psychological mystery but still. The fact that it was so predictable made it feel more like a young adult. Sometimes I felt like I wasn't reading fiction, because the things that were being written about were so mundane and well, unnecessary. The good thing about this book is the historical aspect. It was obviously much more interesting to read about Queensland back when the British settled in Australia than to read about what the siblings are going to do after lunch. Whether it's going to the library or the museum or argue. Overall, I do not recommend, especially to young adults, as there are many more books out there that will amaze you with their imaginative worlds and characters. I think only people who have had similar experiences to the family in this book will really relate to the characters, and end up enjoying it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I’m a huge fan of Di Morrissey’s work, her wonderful stories and the unique places they are set in are always intriguing and engrossing. I have a real love for any books set in and around Australia but Far North Queensland tops my list of places to read about whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Rain Music is one of those books I knew I would love the moment I read the blurb as the gorgeous locations for this story is set in Cairns, Daintree and Cooktown. Anyone who knows me knows that this I’m a huge fan of Di Morrissey’s work, her wonderful stories and the unique places they are set in are always intriguing and engrossing. I have a real love for any books set in and around Australia but Far North Queensland tops my list of places to read about whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. Rain Music is one of those books I knew I would love the moment I read the blurb as the gorgeous locations for this story is set in Cairns, Daintree and Cooktown. Anyone who knows me knows that this tropical paradise is my happy holiday place, I can’t help but have a constant smile pasted on my face when visiting these regions. Rain Music is a book filled with beautiful and vivid descriptions of tropical Nth Qld, the author also does an amazing job of creating relatable characters. The pacing in the beginning is a little slow but half way through it picks up speed on account of a bit of suspense, crime and drama thrown into the mix combined with Ned and Bella’s tiffs and their sibling love for each other kept me glued to the pages until the end. I have a penchant for white book covers featuring only a small amount of artwork on the white cover - love that sort of design therefore this cover is awesome!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This is my second Di Morrissey and I’ve really enjoyed both books. I’ve never been to Far North Queensland, but almost feel as though I have, after reading this. The descriptions were vivid, the story was great and I’m keen to continue my reading journey with this author. 4.5 This is my second Di Morrissey and I’ve really enjoyed both books. I’ve never been to Far North Queensland, but almost feel as though I have, after reading this. The descriptions were vivid, the story was great and I’m keen to continue my reading journey with this author. 4.5★

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Rain Music by Di Morrissey is an adventure and brilliant read from start to finish. Rain Music is set in Far North Queensland mostly around Cooktown. It's a real Australian read. One story through two sets of eyes. Poinciana trees as found in Queensland with music and the rainy season coming, museums and history are all part of this exciting new novel and adventure by Di Morrissey. I loved Rain Music.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Mills

    Quite enjoyed this book. Nice easy reading :) definitely recommend for a wet Sunday afternoon :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    This author comes up with some really good ideas, set in Australia and with interesting backgrounds. However, the writing is at times cringe-worthy and the actions of the main characters, too contrived. I'd like to edit her books before they go to print, mark out sentences and words and say "find another way to say this!".

  9. 5 out of 5

    Keryn Rhule

    I liked this book and didn't like it. I would give it 2.5 stars - did not like the characters and there some lame reasons for why things happened but there were parts of the book I really enjoyed. This is my 1st Di Morrissey book and I would give another one a go as I believe this is one of her weakest books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Seadaz

    Really did not enjoy this, I persisted in reading to the end, but kind of wish I didn't bother. Real shame, I usually enjoy this author's books. Characters aren't nice, Bella I found to be a selfish little cow, Ned to be a waste of space, the way he acted with the news of the baby was terrible. I think that Bella's boyfriend that she strung along for so long should be with the girl that Ned was with (forget if name was Toni or Tori - and I only finished reading the book a few hours ago. You get to Really did not enjoy this, I persisted in reading to the end, but kind of wish I didn't bother. Real shame, I usually enjoy this author's books. Characters aren't nice, Bella I found to be a selfish little cow, Ned to be a waste of space, the way he acted with the news of the baby was terrible. I think that Bella's boyfriend that she strung along for so long should be with the girl that Ned was with (forget if name was Toni or Tori - and I only finished reading the book a few hours ago. You get to the end of the book and there is no ending, no nice little endings to the various little stories intermingled with the big story. One of the biggest turn offs for me was the self righteous preachy tone of the writing, hsven't found thst in her books before, but there was lots of White Policy in this one, sorry but I read a novel as escapism not to be preached to or to be made to feel guilty forbthings that had happened in the early years of this country. Yes overall extremely disappointed in this book, and as an additional comment, her books usually have the nicest covers, having been to Cairns, Port Douglas and Mosman , the cover could have been so much more enticing. Big fail...actually changing my rating from 2 to 1, as I really did not enjoy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Glenda

    Who am I to criticize this great author? Usually love all of Di Morrisey's books, but sadly did not enjoy this book as much as other recent novels. I did read on and on hoping it would get better. I did not like Bella or Ned at all. Loved Jack. It finally did get a bit more interesting towards the end. Don't want to spoil the story for others who may enjoy it, but when you find out the reason for all the agro and cancelling a wedding I thought it was a bit of a lame excuse. Perhaps I am old and Who am I to criticize this great author? Usually love all of Di Morrisey's books, but sadly did not enjoy this book as much as other recent novels. I did read on and on hoping it would get better. I did not like Bella or Ned at all. Loved Jack. It finally did get a bit more interesting towards the end. Don't want to spoil the story for others who may enjoy it, but when you find out the reason for all the agro and cancelling a wedding I thought it was a bit of a lame excuse. Perhaps I am old and unshockable. Sorry dear Di, but I will look forward to the next book...if I didn't know better I would have thought this book was written by "someone else".

  12. 5 out of 5

    MichelleG

    A stunningly beautiful story about love, family and secrets uncovered.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bev Maybury

    Interesting story but I did not enjoy this book as much as I have others written by this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Hennigan

    Location is everything in Di Morrissey’s books, and how much I enjoy the story invariably depends on how evocative the sense of place is throughout the story. “Rain Music” – the story of siblings Ned and Bella at odds with each other over a dedication ceremony to their late father, takes the reader from Melbourne to far north Queensland. The fact that I knew some of the key locations in the story (excluding Cooktown – I never got that far north) enticed me to give “Rain Music” a try during our Location is everything in Di Morrissey’s books, and how much I enjoy the story invariably depends on how evocative the sense of place is throughout the story. “Rain Music” – the story of siblings Ned and Bella at odds with each other over a dedication ceremony to their late father, takes the reader from Melbourne to far north Queensland. The fact that I knew some of the key locations in the story (excluding Cooktown – I never got that far north) enticed me to give “Rain Music” a try during our hot, dry Adelaide summer. The title alone was a “grabber”. But I’d long become disenchanted with Di’s simplistic writing style after having loved almost everything pre “Blaze”. Happily, I read Bella’s quest to find her brother in his “off the grid” retreat in just two days of long, lazy sessions on the back veranda, while listening to the local magpie family quarrel over the food scraps we tossed out for them. “Rain Music” is a delightful read, and it brought back some wonderful memories of travels in the tropical regions of our magnificent, multicultural country.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laraine

    4 star read. I am really enjoying discovering Di Morrissey's terrific novels about life in Australia. This time, she is in the Far North Queensland area and we meet Ned, a musician who has come to an isolated area to write music and expand his horizons. His sister Bella comes to find him and urge him to come home. But their experiences there before the Big Wet arrives, change both of them and family secrets are shared and lives changed forever. A really good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Reid

    In thewilds of Australia so many cultures mingle and the place is told in this narrative in the description of alternative lifestylers that come and make their homes here, there is a generosity in people and also others who are on the wild side of life, it is so remote that conjures up all sorts of thought. What great life it is for the musician and that he finally wants the truth to come out and to be honest, and that others learn from him how free up themselves.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Rain Music is a family-related story of a musician, Ned, who travels to Cooktown to find some time to create new music. Along the way, he meets Toni, a psychotherapist. Ned's sister from Tennyson visits Ned to try and convince him to attend an event for his father. The story has a lot of historical aspects of Cooktown and surrounds in the book and is very descriptive of how life may be like in far north Queensland.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    Given to me as a present... I wish I didn't waste the few days reading this book. Very basic, plot and character development is very lineal. The language used for the younger characters in their 30s was more suitable to the voice of a 60 year old... very frustrating to read. Don't waste your time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joy Norman

    Enjoyed her book as she always gives insight into Australian history and her love of our country comes through her books. I like the way that this story shows two view points. LIked her book however for me the best ones

  20. 5 out of 5

    L M

    Normally love a Di Morrissey story, but just could not get into this one. Started off okay but just didn't develop or I lost interest before it did. Did not finish. Life is short moved onto another book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bronwyn Rykiert

    I did enjoy this book which is set in North Queensland.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    4.5 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    No depth in character. Weak story line. Had to push myself to finish it. Would not recommend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Great story some intrigue & a lot about OZ

  25. 4 out of 5

    Juanita

    An interesting cast of characters, which feelingly touches on history most Australians have no idea about. Looking forward to seeing the Daintree and Cooktown.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lyn Richards

    I was looking for something different when i came across this book by Di Morrissey. This is a fantastic read and i now cant wait to visit Far North Queensland as a result of this book. Morrissey introduces us to a range of character from the outback, along with a brother (Ned) and sister (Bella) with a somewhat up and down relationship and whilst adults still finding their way in the world outside their fathers shadow and expectations. I absolutely loved this book and i was lucky enough to listen I was looking for something different when i came across this book by Di Morrissey. This is a fantastic read and i now cant wait to visit Far North Queensland as a result of this book. Morrissey introduces us to a range of character from the outback, along with a brother (Ned) and sister (Bella) with a somewhat up and down relationship and whilst adults still finding their way in the world outside their fathers shadow and expectations. I absolutely loved this book and i was lucky enough to listen to the audio version which was brilliantly narrated with all the different accents and characters......my all time favourite being Sister Evangelista. I was almost sorry to say goodbye to the characters when the story was finished. I was captured right to the end. A big thanks to Morrissey for a brilliant story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette Lewis

    Georgia Lee « Australian Women and Leadership in a Century of Australian Democracy http://www.womenaustralia.info/awal/t... It might be that Di Morrissey has created the defining moment for brother and sister and perhaps through her knowledge or research of Georgia Lee (Dulcie Rama Pitt) created a positive atmosphere for which to wrap her story around. The infidelity of the father, sadly is not uncommon with really successful men as the news constantly informs us. I did a simple Google search and Georgia Lee « Australian Women and Leadership in a Century of Australian Democracy http://www.womenaustralia.info/awal/t... It might be that Di Morrissey has created the defining moment for brother and sister and perhaps through her knowledge or research of Georgia Lee (Dulcie Rama Pitt) created a positive atmosphere for which to wrap her story around. The infidelity of the father, sadly is not uncommon with really successful men as the news constantly informs us. I did a simple Google search and only looked at the first few entries and would love to find a book on Georgia Lee. Rain Music is an easy read, pretty predictable. It won't stretch the brain. Easy to follow, put down, pick up without having to revisit previous pages to keep track of events. There is only one episode which is intense, sadly a bit over done in that it is repeated later in the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Birgit

    Three stars for the story and five stars for the narration by David Tredinick. I've listened to another book narrated by him and he does a superb job bringing the characters to life. The story itself was set in far north Queesnland in remote Cooktown with a cast of interesting characters, a bit of history thrown in. It's mainly about brother and sister Ned and Bella who are very different and have totally different perspectives of what kind of a person their dead father was which was what Three stars for the story and five stars for the narration by David Tredinick. I've listened to another book narrated by him and he does a superb job bringing the characters to life. The story itself was set in far north Queesnland in remote Cooktown with a cast of interesting characters, a bit of history thrown in. It's mainly about brother and sister Ned and Bella who are very different and have totally different perspectives of what kind of a person their dead father was which was what interested me the most as I can relate to that but when that was explained it wasn't relevant to me at all so a bit disappointed. Interesting and entertaining chick lit. I'd listen to more but only if narrated by David Tredinick.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    Beautiful imagery, beautiful setting, I loved the way Morrissey painted her backdrop. This is the saving grace of this story. Being born and bred in Cairns, it was wonderful to see how extensively Morrissey researched the area and it was packed full of local knowledge and history that made me smile just to remember it. The characters lacked depth and the storyline between them was thin and predictable and quite slow, which was disappointing. Had Morrissey put as much time and love into her Beautiful imagery, beautiful setting, I loved the way Morrissey painted her backdrop. This is the saving grace of this story. Being born and bred in Cairns, it was wonderful to see how extensively Morrissey researched the area and it was packed full of local knowledge and history that made me smile just to remember it. The characters lacked depth and the storyline between them was thin and predictable and quite slow, which was disappointing. Had Morrissey put as much time and love into her storyline as she did with her setting, this book could have been so much better. It had such potential.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    I'm probably half-way between It was OK & I Liked It, in my rating. The story flowed pretty well, although I ended up skimming through lengthy historical letters, which seemed to be plonked in for historical measure, but didn't end up with a great relevance to the rest of the story. The characters weren't annoying, but Bella (the sister) seemed to have more than her fair share of trouble up north (Queensland, that is!) when she visits her brother Ned, after he's distanced himself from his I'm probably half-way between It was OK & I Liked It, in my rating. The story flowed pretty well, although I ended up skimming through lengthy historical letters, which seemed to be plonked in for historical measure, but didn't end up with a great relevance to the rest of the story. The characters weren't annoying, but Bella (the sister) seemed to have more than her fair share of trouble up north (Queensland, that is!) when she visits her brother Ned, after he's distanced himself from his family. It all ties up neatly at the end, and didn't have me questioning anything, so it was pleasant to read.

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