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    Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia....

    In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.

    Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock", and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.

    It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup.

    Our nation's beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous, and the frankly bizarre. Girt proudly reclaims these stories for all of us.

    Not to listen to it would be un-Australian.

    ©2013 David Hunt (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

    Commentaires

    "A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history." (John Birmingham)
    "Hilarious and insightful - Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia's history." (Chris Taylor, The Chaser)

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    • patricia heffernan
    • 27/12/2015

    Typically irreverent.

    What did you love best about Girt?

    The tongue in cheek approach to re acquainting me with the iconic historical figures and happenings.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Girt?

    The Rum Rebellion

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I was hooked from the start, so, nothing else.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughs.

    Any additional comments?

    I felt the narration was similar to Bill Bryson

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    • Jodelle
    • 31/07/2016

    Seriously irritating voice. Can I get a refund?

    For the first time ever I just couldn't listen. Regular narration voice is OK but the awful voices used for quotes drove me over the edge. Traveling to AU soon so will try the book in print. Love love audio books. Just not this one.

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    • Bjoern Amherd
    • 10/07/2015

    Good first half

    After the first 3hrs, the novelty starts to wear off a bit. Lots of names and locations

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    • Earnest
    • 16/01/2020

    Spirited,swashbuckling antidote to Australian History 10

    How stultifying our Australian history lessons were made by a succession of lack luster teachers leading to Australian kids being bored to death.
    Yet here it is. Another way.
    I vacillated between hysterical outbursts of laughter and nearly weeping at how entertaining cleverness can be.
    Tormented for at least 4+ years in succession by the same story of Blaxland , Wentworth and Lawson-yet I learnt NOTHING about the Western State I lived in- I gave in. Mediaeval, Renaissance and South East Asian history became my relief..
    What a terrific, if not altogether sedate, insight into maybe stories. Can hardly wait to listen to the next installment.
    And I still won’t sing that dumb, song wading around the word “girt.”

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    • David Roses
    • 04/01/2020

    Pretty funny but a bit over-acted.

    Four stars. Pretty funny but a bit over-acted. It's the satirical version of David Hill's books, which I enjoyed much more than this one.

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    • Johnno
    • 18/09/2019

    Awful narration

    The author should have allowed a professional to narrate his work ..this is one of only a few books over the years I have not completed because of the 'read'. Really irritating and at times arrogant and smug.

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    • Vernon
    • 02/07/2019

    A really fun listen

    The authors fun style made this a really enjoyable listen. One of the most enjoyable audio books I've ever listened to.

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    • Cathy Smyth
    • 29/03/2019

    Too fast!

    I feel like the narrator was rushing through, sometimes it was difficult to follow! I’ll be reading the next part.

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    • Mrs
    • 29/01/2019

    Could have been so much better...

    This would have been a great bok if the author had not been the narrator. His mispronunciations I found iritating. The sound of a cracking whip to denote a footnote was another grating noise. I did not finish the book as all of this became too much of a distraction.

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    • Marion R Cruz
    • 21/01/2019

    Great book, cringeworthy accents

    A funny and entertaining romp through Australia's early colonial history, hampered by the reader/author attempting accents despite not being very good at them.