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
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.
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.
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.
yes - I loved having the book read to me.
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.
His voice seemed to suit the story perfectly,
I just loved the whole story.
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!
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.
"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.
The best book I have ever encountered
It was great and will listen to it again. Should be compulsory in all schools
"A BRILLIANT life story, well written, I loved it."
Brilliant. I wouldn't have described all of his life as "fortunate" but A.B sure did. A fantastic story!!!!!
Meeting his wife to be after receiving socks from her whilst at war.
Hard one to answer but he did a BRILLIANT job!!
A must read!! Hard to stop listening!!!
It was ok.....it kept me going because of the many different jobs and people this young man met during his life.
"amazing story of early WA"
Was a wonderful story of true determination and love of the Australian outback - a real true blue aussie guy
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