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A Fortunate Life Audiobook

A Fortunate Life

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Publisher's Summary

Born in 1894, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent 60 years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a "fortunate" one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full - the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.

©1981 Albert B. Facey (P)2005 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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    Kerrin 17/07/2016
    Kerrin 17/07/2016
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    "Editing..."

    I loved this book but the reader's pronunciation of Western Australian towns and Perth suburbs needs reviewing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carl 13/10/2016
    Carl 13/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful story"

    Loved this book. Do yourself a favour and listen to this book. You won't regtet it

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    The reader who failed English! 25/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "An interesting story"

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to see how life was in the early 1900's. I played it to my 80 year old mother who was mesmerised by it. As she hasn't read a book since leaving school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer2 16/07/2016
    Jennifer2 16/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating. "

    An amazing account of Mr Facey's life. I really enjoyed the accounts of so many decades in WA history.
    A great shame that the reader did not check the pronunciation of many towns...Narrogin, Pingelly, Mundaring and Albany as some examples.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harmonie 04/03/2016
    Harmonie 04/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "simply written but a terrific tale of his life"

    thoroughly enjoyed listening - very simply written but wonderfully descriptive. his life was fascinating. the narrator was good too.

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    Gary 10/09/2015
    Gary 10/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing "

    Truely inspiring story an amazing life. Only pronouncing place incorrectly by narrative was disappointing otherwise great account of his life.

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    Elvis 23/02/2015
    Elvis 23/02/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Resilience"

    It is hard to imagine going through some of the things AB Facey went through and coming out with the kind of attitude he maintained. He is a rare individual with an amazing ability to see the good in life. Inspiring.

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    Kate Gentle 15/09/2014
    Kate Gentle 15/09/2014
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    "a true Australia classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Fortunate Life to be better than the print version?

    yes - I loved having the book read to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What an amazing insight into life in Australia in the early period of our history. Australians a re pretty tough. I love the 'just do it; attitude of AB Facey aand so many others of this time.


    What about Roger Cardwell’s performance did you like?

    His voice seemed to suit the story perfectly,


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I just loved the whole story.


    Any additional comments?

    My 9 year old son listened to this story. He was engrossed in the life of AB Facey. He would never have read a story like this if he had to read it himself but listening to it opened up this world for him. We both love Auduble books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Marsh 21/06/2014
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    "A story of such determination"
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    A great story of someone rising above the odds and making the most of every opportunity. I was disappointed that the pronunciation of a number of the towns in WA was incorrect, especially the main town Narrogin. This took away from the audio experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Hamish
    New York
    15/10/16
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    "A hard but amazing life"

    It's a slow start, and it's tough but realistic view of country Australia at the start and during the 20th century. The part on world war 1 at Gallipoli is incredible and post the first war interesting.

    It's a hard life he endured but a fortunate one and that given many take-away's in my own life and I have the upmost respect for what he endured and what is told.

    Definitely read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fred Wilson
    fredand1610
    4/02/15
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    "Magnificent"

    The best book I have ever encountered
    It was great and will listen to it again. Should be compulsory in all schools

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    30/10/14
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    "A BRILLIANT life story, well written, I loved it."
    If you could sum up A Fortunate Life in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant. I wouldn't have described all of his life as "fortunate" but A.B sure did. A fantastic story!!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fortunate Life?

    Meeting his wife to be after receiving socks from her whilst at war.


    What does Roger Cardwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hard one to answer but he did a BRILLIANT job!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No idea.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read!! Hard to stop listening!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    Centennial, Colorado, United States
    29/01/13
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    "Very interesting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok.....it kept me going because of the many different jobs and people this young man met during his life.


    If you’ve listened to books by A. B. Facey before, how does this one compare?

    N/a


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Katherine
    28/05/15
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    "amazing story of early WA"

    Was a wonderful story of true determination and love of the Australian outback - a real true blue aussie guy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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