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
"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)
This is the greatest history of Australia I've ever read. I used to think Australian history was bland and uneventful, but I was dead wrong - little did I know that I was soon to come into contact with this TRULY GREAT HISTORY. It has piqued my interest in the history of my forefathers. Although this book is selective in its content, it is thought provoking, hilarious, irreverent and is uniquely Australian in its storytelling. It also highlights parallels between Australia's European founding & contemporary issues. I have enjoyed every minute of this audiobook, I don't think I have ever found a book as truly funny as this one.
David Hunt's narrating only further adds to the quality of the story. He does humorous accents, has a conversational manner and brings extra life to this already lively book.
I will definitely listen to this again and again! I am watching and waiting for his coming sequel to this book - and will snap it up as soon as it is made into an audiobook!.
It is not a hard hitting analysis. Rather, it's chronology of light fluff. It's an enjoyable frolic through Australian colonial history.
I did find that in listening too long at one time, the sarcasm and dry ironic wit became a little tiresome. However, dipping in and out was good fun and offered a few lol moments.
Australian history could actually be interesting? After the years of torment at school learning the boring stuff, oh god please not more tedious explorers, nobody bothered to tell us that the personalities behind this were actually interesting, mostly scandalous, strong willed individuals. Pirates, traitors, self serving corrupt public servants. I was hooked from the start. I am always dubious about the author reading, but either exception of a few dodgy accents, I enjoyed David Hunt's reading. highly recommended.
If the demeaning opening statements is intended to challenge readers then it has a measure of success.
It is however defacing an otherwise reasonable content.
The wisdom of narrating ones own work is debatable.
Regretfully I did not enjoy this audiobook notwithstanding having a passion for Australia.
having had a long and dull exposure to australian history as a child and student, this fresh take on history draws a full canvas of the absurd and follisome antics of early european "discovery" and settlement of terra australis, a true antipodean view. great fun.
This is absolutely brilliant. The content, and the narration are amazing, and very entertaining. The "Interludes with the B*****d" are hilarious. Cannot recommend this highly enough
The tongue in cheek approach to re acquainting me with the iconic historical figures and happenings.
The Rum Rebellion
I was hooked from the start, so, nothing else.
Lots of laughs.
I felt the narration was similar to Bill Bryson
"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.
"An overall enjoyable experience"
I wouldn't say brilliant but a fun walk through early colonial Australian history. A nice introduction even for those who know little about the country, and interesting behind the scenes anecdotes for those who do. Bonus points for explaining the origins of many English expressions. But it feels at times like the author is trying too hard to be funny and the tongue-in-cheek tone, pleasant at first, gets repetitive and cumbersome after a few hours. How many times can you make a quip about the French military not being used to winning?
"Absolutely loved it"
Yes, it's hilarious!
It takes characters who are often venerated as founding fathers, and who appear on our national symbols, and humanises them and points out their many flaws and foibles.
"A fun history of Australia"
David Hunt's narration and writing are side splitting and so enjoyable that I'm off to read another history of Australia doubtless much less enlightening to compare notes. However for a foreigner visiting the country it provides a refreshing taster.
"Good first half"
After the first 3hrs, the novelty starts to wear off a bit. Lots of names and locations
"must have book of the year !!"
this is the one book youMUST have in your library this year. Funny, sarcastic history of thr ' land down under ' performed by the author with much humour and wit. This will have you laughing out loud when you least expect it. Cannot wait for the sequel.
"A breeze through Aussie history"
I have an Aussie girlfriend and am about to move there so I thought I'd better learn something. This was entertaining and informative. If Bill Bryson did a book on Australia, it probably wouldn't be as good as this one!
Absolutely , the book was short and I gave me a great insight into very early Australian history. I wasn't expecting it to only be about this early period and that later periods would e in subsequent books so that I will listen again when the promised Girt II: True Girt comes out.
Not appropriate to this book but I would have to say the Bastard himself William Bligh every time it came to one of his interludes.
Yes but I found the accent very thick, I don't mean his natural Australian accent but whenever he tried British accents the book became more than a little incomprehensible
About as Australian as History can get!
Don't take it all to seriously, there are things wrong here that I know of British history so I am sure there is some wrong for Australia's history to but the whole thing taught me much I never knew about Australia and the book presented it all in a very fun way that made it all the more memorable
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