The Wadi Tree, by Kerry McGinnis, narrated by Humphrey Bowers, produced by Bolinda Audio, downloaded from audible.com.
This was one of those long and wonderful novels. It took place in the harsh and barren country of cattle stations in Australia. At the beginning of the book, we had little Jim, and his parents. He was living an ideal child’s life. Then a terrible tragedy occurred, his mother was killed in a car accident, and this changed his life forever. His father couldn’t cope at all with the death of his wife, so he sent Jim to live with his brother’s family and he took off. This is the story of Jim’s remaining boyhood, (no longer can he call it childhood), and his life as he worked the cattle station that his uncle ran, and then other stations owned by the same company. The book sees him through many life changes. A wonderful novel.