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Eureka Audiobook

Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution

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Publisher's Summary

In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: "a strike for liberty". Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?

In his inimitable style, Peter FitzSimons gets into the hearts and minds of those on the battlefield, and those behind the scenes, bringing to life Australian legends on both sides of the rebellion.

©2012 Peter FitzSimons (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Ash 04/02/2016
    Ash 04/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic "

    An accurate and entertaining retelling of a defining era of Australian History. An in depth and fascinating look at Australia's Gold Rush era and all the trials and tribulations that came with it before the unpleasant circumstances unfold in what was a poignant moment in Australia's short history. The narration is fantastic. Enthusiastic yet easy to listen to, with his accents and occasional drama in his voice make you feel like you're actually there.

    A brilliant audiobook of a brilliant piece of writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer2 27/11/2015
    Jennifer2 27/11/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "A real keeper."

    A truly wonderful book, both historically and as a story. I'm sure I will listen to it again. Politically the events changed Australia and the courage of both the diggers along with some editors of newspapers is humbling.
    The fact that power can corrupt is demonstrated in events which took place during these years in the Colony, though many in authority also shone as examples of honesty, courage and decency.
    I would urge Schools to use this valuable writing (along with the audio) in their History lessons today.
    The narrator adds greatly to the wonder of the book by his obvious love of the story, many of the characters and the varied English dialects.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alicia 07/11/2016
    alicia 07/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    I really loved learning more about our history. I really would like to have the southern cross as our national flag.

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    Mike 01/11/2016
    Mike 01/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A great story well told"

    What an amazing story which should be listened to by every Australian. A story I would unlikely have read but via audible I was able to digest, become fully engrossed and fully appreciate the moment and movement that was Eureka. Thank you P Fitzsimons for taking the time to craft this story.

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    paul 20/03/2016
    paul 20/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but not the best"

    This is the fourth book by Peter Fitzsimons i have read and third i have listened to. Probably my least favourite so far for the drawn out detail and narration

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    Robert Wayne McAullay 04/03/2016
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    "Great read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. It really put my ideas and wonders in place. I didn't really know the full story of the Eureka Uprising and what happened from the build up and beyond. The narrator put me there, in Ballarat and respect those gallant diggers more so now than I ever did before. I truly felt their pain. Thankyou

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    Lawrence 01/04/2015
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    "Well worth a listen "

    Well written account of this inspiring story.
    For the most part I enjoyed the narration but the experience was somewhat spoiled by the narrator's poor attempts to mimic the accents of the characters.
    All-in-all still one of my favourites.

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    PerryO Raceview, Queensland, Australia 11/01/2015
    PerryO Raceview, Queensland, Australia 11/01/2015

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    "Left me brimming with Australian Pride."

    Thank you @Peter_Fitz , What a fantastic, well written book, loved it.
    My 1st ebook experience, with the dulcet tones of Robert, reading has never been more enjoyable. Peter, my Dad was a Rat & your Tobruk book was equally captivating. I am looking forward to reading Gallipoli as I received it as a gift for Xmas.
    Love your work.
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    ☺❤😊👍💖⭐👊😂🔨🚧✌

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  • Garry
    Cannington, Australia
    21/04/13
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    "A masterful piece of storytelling"
    What did you love best about Eureka?

    As an Englishman born and Australian by choice I had heard of this story but never knew much about it. Peter Fitzsimmons does an excellent telling of a story that defines Australia,


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great Characters


    What about Robert Meldrum’s performance did you like?

    Does the story great justice in the telling


    Any additional comments?

    Peter Fitzsimmons books are well worth being in many book libraries. He leads in telling stories with immense detail.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jason
    perth, Australia
    12/04/13
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    "Give the diggers a go!"

    I really enjoyed this book, mostly because i consider myself an australian patriot. And because the history of australian democracy just well might have been a boring story, if it wasn't for the union of hard done by gold diggers standing up against the incompetent brittish governor of victoria, the unfair treatment of diggers and the ludicrous gold licence fees. The savage brutality of the red coats is absolutely appalling. A good book for any one interested in the facts of the bloody eureka stockade.
    Another great book by peter fitzsimons

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • deon
    merredin, Australia
    15/01/13
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    "All Australian should read"
    What made the experience of listening to Eureka the most enjoyable?

    gave me and insight into why it happened something that is not told as a kid growing up.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    North Fremantle, Australia
    24/01/13
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    "A gentle telling"

    History told through the eyes of people. This book gives a solid understanding and a genuine sympathy for all those involved. Not a stuffy list of dates and facts, or a caricature of good Vs. bad.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Henry
    5/06/16
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    "inspirational in political meaning."

    Inspirational for those who cherish the struggles and victories of people willing to sacrifice for liberty and egalitarian justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionel Letcher
    Frankston
    13/04/16
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    "Valuable"

    Fitzsimons unlocks the past concerning the Eureka Stockdale and the development of democracy in Australia in a thoroughly inspiring way. This book makes one feel proud to be an Aussie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Willmot
    Beenleigh, Queensland Australia
    27/09/13
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    "History for all young Australains"

    This is one of the best audio books I have listened to. Detailed history I never new existed. A must for all aged though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Travis
    Regency downs, Australia
    11/03/13
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    "fantastic"
    What made the experience of listening to Eureka the most enjoyable?

    True Aussie history


    What did you like best about this story?

    Australian history told by an Australian and Australian way


    Have you listened to any of Robert Meldrum’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good as all the others


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Great book written by great author told by great narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sandy
    16/08/14
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    "Golden moments in time"
    Where does Eureka rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty much near the top of any FitzSimons book I've listened to so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    I live within an hour of Ballarat so to hear a lot of names that still survive and feature in the region was great. Another well researched piece of history on and about the effects on early society


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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