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  • Summary

  • Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

    At the edge of an old orchard, on the grounds of an exclusive private girls’ school, a teenage boy is found dead. Was it murder, suicide, or something else? 

    Disaffected police detective and struggling single parent, Adam Durwood, is assigned to investigate, but the closer he looks the more the facts don’t add up. At the centre of the mystery are three beguiling and manipulative teenagers who seem to know much more than they should, and are slowly drawing Adam into a web he can’t see.... 

    Blending crime drama and supernatural mystery, The Orchard is a ground-breaking Audible Original series immersing audiences in a haunting tale of memory, myth and unnatural forces.   

    Written by Mike Jones and Mike Cowap and produced by Princess Pictures.

    Performed by Eric Bana, Gary Sweet, Magda Szubanski, Olivia Deeble, Lisa-Marie Shaw and Ashleigh-Rose Nicholson.

    This original podcast is 13 episodes in total, please begin with “Ep 1: Memories of Others”.

    ©2021 Princess Pictures Digital Pty Ltd (P)2021 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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Episodes
  • Ep 1: Memories of Others

    Sep 7 2021

    Teenager Thomas Royale meets three girls in an orchard on the grounds of a remote private girls’ school. The next morning his cold, naked body is discovered with head wounds and a broken neck. Detective Adam Durwood is reluctant to take the case having promised to quit the force to repair his fractured relationship with his 12-year-old daughter, Lily.

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    16 mins
  • Ep 2: Chasing Figments

    Sep 7 2021

    Adam must interview the teenage girls who were rehearsing for the school play, Macbeth, with Thomas before he died but meets resistance from the school principal. The delivery driver who found the corpse is equally reluctant to meet Adam as he struggles to cope with what he saw. Adam’s daughter Lily’s strange behaviour attracts the attention of the school bullies.

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    18 mins
  • Ep 3: Knots and Feathers and Thorns

    Sep 7 2021

    The school’s superiors continue to frustrate Adam’s attempts to interview the three girls, but he tracks down Eva Tatiana, the girls’ enigmatic and protective teacher, and grills her for some insight into the impregnable dynamics of the private girls’ school. Lily, meanwhile, ventures into the apple orchard where she has a haunting encounter.

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    20 mins

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Excellent story. Recommended

Can't say enough about this particular Podcast series. The voice acting is quality and the story has many twists in turns that keep you wondering.

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Spooky and Suspenseful

Beautifully produced. Presented by a masterful cast. This is one of those can't-stop-listening audio experiences.

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Ignore the 1 stars.

The 1 stars seem dim and limited, so if you are dim and limited… rate it a 1 star.
This was a really great story … especially the acting. Sure, it wasn’t the usual audible story but the concept was fun for a change and was of exceptional quality.

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Mesmerizing...

Solid tale, with great suspense. Great performances, with the ability to keep the listener glued to the edge of his or her seat, and pretty spooky to boot! Grade: A

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captivating story

well performed and kept me wanting to listen till the end. would love more to the story.

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Great Thriller/mystical

Overall very good thriller and story telling but the ending was a bit to mystical and flat for me would have preferred a great in depth thriller ending that tied the crime in an ingeniously twisted corruption of the institution. Maybe I just expected too much I still really enjoyed it.

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Kept me intrigued through out.

I thought this was a good listen. I wish there was a better ending but, all in all it was worth it.

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Fast paced, multi-actor's voices- excellent listen

Bana's narration is realistic; with the sound effects and multiple voices make the story enjoyable listening- so close to watching a movie!

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Exceptional!

This was a very well done story/play! The actors were terrific! The story was well written. I really enjoyed listening to this. It reminded me of radio in the days of my parents where whole families would sit around the radio to listen to stuff like this - pre TV.

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So Darn Good!

This was great! Eric Bana is wonderful! Very creative & original. Performance was spectacular! I want another season!

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  • Tabitha
  • 09-15-21

Was completely hooked

I couldn't stop listening to this well performed and suspenseful mystery drama. The characters were interesting and I found I really cared about what would happen to them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-21

pretty clever and amazing sound effects

I did enjoy this podcast and I thought the cast were excellent. the sound effects were unbelievable. i have been listening to this with some powerful headphones and I had to remove them during the car crash scene as it was so realistic and therefore scary/ disturbing (I say this as a compliment). the story was very original and I couldn't see where the plot would end up, which is refreshing. the only negative for me was that some of the events were not explained, (that could just be me being obtuse) for example how did Lily become involved in the first place? how did she start having weird 'memories' even before she set foot in the orchard? All in all, a very good listen, I'd say the story comes second to the amazing production, but very enjoyable all the same. thank you audible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-21

Rally good production

Really nice sound quality, good actors preformens and suspenseful scenario. I do enjoy it a lot!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-21

Great Sound effects within the story

Enjoyed this very much, Great Performance from Eric Bana, Gripping story line and well presented.

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  • Melmo25
  • 09-25-21

Dynamite. Fantastic

Listened to this whilst travelling on the gridlocked M5.
Oh wow. When stuck in motorway traffic listening to an audible book that emits blood curdling screams and all your windows are down, certainly made other drivers stare

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  • Caroline Denley
  • 09-21-21

Loved it

Easy to listen to and addictive. Quite scary in places too if you are listening in the dark

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  • Jacs
  • 09-24-21

Let me down

I didn't like the ending it just seemed to fizzel out 😔 a crescendo with a flat end 🤔

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  • Joshua
  • 10-26-21

Well performed

story was ok. interesting because a bit different. a few holes in it though.

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  • Elmsy
  • 10-23-21

Awesome production

loved this cheeky freebie. Eric B is awesome in this, and really strong cast to help it along.
great sound production. the end was a bit sudden and cut off but that's because I was enjoying it.
well done 👍 to the team behind this

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  • steph
  • 10-22-21

absolutely spellbinding

I absolutely loved this story. its acted so incredibly well and you can just picture everything! I was hooked from the word go. have a listen, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-21

Unexpected

An intriguing story that slowly builds and twists. I listened to it all in a day because I needed to know where it was going next.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-21

Absolutely captivating

Listened to it in an entire night because I just had to know what happened

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  • Anonymous
  • 09-10-21

Immersive heart thumper

Loved this, really cool immersive sound design, great story, brilliant cast (hello Eric Bana!). High recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-21

Unmissable

The script, the voice acting, the sound design, the direction… all first class! You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-21

Unable to stop listening

This was a really good story. The characters were complex and interesting and the pace was fast. I listened from start to finish in one go. I hope we have more stories like these. I really appreciate that this could be made while the players were in lockdown. Amazingly good.

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  • M Peter
  • 09-10-21

Totally compelling

Eric Bana was enough reason to listen but the story really wraps you up in a great story. It's mysterious and creepy with lots of twists and surprises. But it's also surprisingly emotional centred around a relationship between father and daughter. A very satisfying end but could also easily have another season with more story to tell!

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  • Tex
  • 09-12-21

binge worthy!!

everything about the podcast was excellent. casting, script, direction, sound effects. that's the production quality I enjoy listening too. thank You Audible!!

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  • Kat
  • 09-11-21

Excellent

What a treat to have such great Australian talent on the cast of this podcast. Loved it. 😊

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  • Liz Abrahams
  • 09-12-21

Excellent podcast

What an incredible story - Eric Bana’s narration and the whole cast was so wonderful.
This story was so unusual.
I literally couldn’t stop listening from the first episode to the last - best podcast I’ve heard.

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  • Happy chef
  • 09-10-21

Compelling

Absolutely compelling. A intriguing story, narrated magnificently. Played like a movie in my mind. Truely superb.

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