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A Bigger Picture

Narrated by: Malcolm Turnbull
Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
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Candid and compelling, A Bigger Picture is the definitive narrative of Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership. He describes how he legalised same-sex marriage, established Snowy Hydro 2.0, stood up to Donald Trump and many achievements – remarkable in their pace and significance, and that they were delivered in the teeth of so much opposition. 

But it’s far more than just politics. Turnbull’s life has been filled with colourful characters and controversies, success and failure. From his early years in Sydney, growing up with a single father, to defending ‘Spycatcher’ Peter Wright against the UK government; the years representing Kerry Packer, leading the Republican Movement and making millions in business; and finally toppling Tony Abbott to become Prime Minister of Australia. For the first time he tells it all - in his own words. 

With revelatory insights on the workings of Canberra and the contentious events of Turnbull’s life, A Bigger Picture explores the strengths and vulnerabilities of one of Australia’s best-known and most dynamic business and political leaders.

©2020 Malcolm Turnbull (P)2020 W. F Howes Ltd

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Why is Malcolm NOT the PM of Australia?

Malcolm Turnbull, in my 70 years, has been the most sensible, intelligent, knowledgable leader that this country has had. His memoir, although biased of course, is so logical and reasonable, that I despair of current politics. Please Malcolm, come back, form a middle party and exclude the looney left and rabid right, and represent the majority of Australians. Your memoirs are sooo articulate and believable. And entice Julie Bishop back into politics. And this is from someone who has not voted Liberal for several elections.

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Insightful

In the days leading up to it's release, the media and mp's mentioned herein, collectively sought to discredit what I can recommend to you as an incredibly enjoyable read. There are times in politics where we debate amongst our peers as citizens, why a particular decision was made, or what was discussed that led to that decision. I have always valued Malcom's views, pragmatic business sense and progressive in the climate space, with an understanding of how to link the global concern with economic opportunities. He was a visionary for Australian politics. I did not find this book vindictive in tone or an attempt to slander his former colleagues. I would say that he expresses views that are both praiseful for strong peformance and loyalty to the elected leader, party and Australia, while unfiltered where appropriate and as a human being with a pulse, understandable.

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Boring

Even the parts that are supposed to be exciting was boring. I don't know what else to say but zzzz

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Brilliant

Captivating story on Malcolm's life from birth to parliament to Prime Minister and his downfall. Absolutely riveting, Malcolm keeps the listener entertained and focused. He was always seen as one of Australia's best orator's, that shines true in this book.

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White washing the past

Butter would not melt in Malcolm’s mouth. What a self serving, hypocritical and egotistical memoir.

He was a egotist whilst in politics, which has only grown since.

The constant trashing, rumouring and baseless accusation of those whom he worked with are breathtaking.

I skipped to the last chapter being his dismissal as I could not bear to listen further to this self serving rubbish. I relived His removal as prime minister with pleasure, once again.

How this man ever ended up in the liberal party has me absolutely stumped.

Undoubtably he was the best labor prime minster that they never had.


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I’m still a fan, but wow this is wordy!

This is an insightful and interesting book. Malcolm Turnbull could have been one of Australia’s greatest PMs if the politics of jealousy and petty personal, destructive ambition within the liberal party - at the expense of the Australian community these politicians were being paid to serve - hadn’t prevented him delivering his big vision. Malcolm is a brilliant strategist and informed thinker - and unlike many of his fellow politicians he was there for the right reasons - he didn’t need the money or fame - he had those in spades - he just wanted Australia to fulfil its potential and for that I think many members of the Australian public will hold him in very high regard.

However - about the actual book. Do you remember how Malcolm was always criticised for being too wordy and detailed with his responses? Well, unfortunately so is this book which could be less detailed without losing the thread and so a lot more pacy and interesting. It’s beautifully read but I couldn’t get it to 5 stars because it ends up being a really weighty tome. I mean you don’t expect political memoirs to be exactly racy (although some are!) but this just wasn’t racy enough for me. Still - worth a look.

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The Ultimate Insiders Account

I can highly recommend this book. It's a warts and all account of an extraordinary life. Brilliantly written and he pulls no punches with a who's who of characters from the Law, Publishing, Politics & the Arts in Australia over the last 30 or so years. The ultimate insiders account. Do yourself a favour & put this on your reading list.

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Worth it!

The known few in the media and some politicians (all of whom are mentioned within this book) and their attempt to discredit and malign from the truth taken on face-value, all fall desperately flat.

Malcolm tells the story of the plight of the average Aussie citizen to the whim of egos in Canberra, and those powerful few in media. Albeit not his primary intention, I am certain.

A Bigger Picture is eye-opening, if not eye-watering to the back-door tactics of Australian politics. Incredible stories, narrated brilliantly. I recommend this book to anyone with the slightest interest in Australian politics.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable

Mr Turnbull has had a sterling life and career. He made the most of opportunities (except the first year as a Rhodes Scholar). I enjoyed his experiences and his connections to interesting and influential people. I did not like his diary entries - these are his perceptions and his thoughts and should not be taken as facts - but amazing insights anyway. I did not buy the book just the audible version - his delivery was very good and I was surprised to be so engaged. In these unprecedented times the 23 hours I spent listening to Malcolm was well spent!

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Exceptional

First political book I have read at the age of 28 and I couldn’t stop listening. Thank you for all that you have done and will do. Most of all for your commitment to making Australia a fair and equitable society.

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  • Stefan.P.Gillard
  • 29-05-2020

our system is broken

As an HSC student 35yrs ago, political science was my favourite subject. I continued its study at university as an elective and it continued to be an interest. whilst I've never had a career in public service or politics, it's always been a subject close to my heart, even though my career flourished in the tech / entrepreneur sector.

I looked forward to this book, to hear the insight of a successful, lawyer, vc, politician, and subsequent PM.

This tome does not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed PM Turnbull's narration, he's a natural speaker, and enjoyable to listen to.

This book should be essential reading in schools. not only does it highlight how our Australian Political system is systemically broken, but how vested party interests, dilute their electorate interests, but more fundamentally, have Zero accountability for their collective incompetence.

Turnbull highlights that commercial competence, corporate insight, and how deep economic management experience, is lacking in 99% of our elected political representatives.

To think our Parliament is still debating the validity of climate change blows my mind. Our system is broken, and the existence of factions within parties is the pure evidence of this.

If members of the voting public acted like any of Malcolm's parliamentary cohort in the private sector they would be sacked.

The authors, frankness, insight, and honesty only confirm my earlier suspicions, that AUSTRALIA lost one of our greatest PMs far too early, and as a result of the attricious, self centred behaviour of his "colleagues". Integrity seems to be a lost behaviour in our politicians.

I can only hope the next generation can read this account of successful charasmatic PM, and persue a political / public service career that eradicates the current shambles and character of our current system.

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  • Jack
  • 16-05-2020

A cinematic life story

Malcom is a terrific story teller, as an author and speaker. I found his memoir to be insightful, engaging, educational and very easy to digest. It’s a 25hr listen which I did over 5 day. Perfect listening for being stuck inside during the pandemic. One of my favourite aspects of the book was the insight into the party politics. If you’re politically junky, this will be a very fun read. Malcom’s pre political career which takes up at least half the book would make for a great tv mini series, particularly his time working for Kerry Packer.

Thankfully, Malcom has a very clear and articulate sounding voice so he makes for a great narrator of his own story.

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  • Thomas
  • 15-05-2020

Surprisingly candid insight into Aussie politics

Too progressive for the Liberals and too conservative for Labor, in hindsight it is obvious Turnbull was destined to soar to great heights and then ultimately crash back to earth in the wild west world of Australian politics.

The last of the tragic comedy of premiers that was Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and himself. He was the yin to Tony Abbott's yang - progressive, intelligent and statesmenlike to Abbotts street thug persona though was poisoned by their bond. The book explores the rivalry of the four leaders and offers an insight into Turnbull himself.

I was fascinated by his heroic father and would like to know more about this man's philosophy and role crafting young Turnbull. Personally, the chapter on Aboriginal issues seems redundant to the overall story. It feels like a politically correct inclusion but has few ties to the wider narrative.

The performance is excellent - Turnbull could have easily been a full time audio book narrator, if investment banking, journalism and politics hadn't worked out. He reads well.

An excellent memoir, which I'm sure I'll read again in the future (very rare with political memoirs). Good luck to Mr Turnbull for the future.

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  • Daopeng Shen
  • 11-05-2020

Intriguing and well written

I’d never read a memoir before, and I’ve never been a conservative voter. Turnbull was a great PM with strong convictions and has made some interesting revelations about the inner workings of the government and some key people in this book. As I recall the events we heard in the media over the years, it all makes sense. The writing is elegant, and even the dull policies have been made to sound interesting. Highly recommend this book!

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  • Iain
  • 08-05-2020

Great insight into the drivers and experiences of The 28th PM!

A very interesting insight into life in politics from the eyes of a level headed person trying to navigate their way through what appears to be a sea of headless chickens in Canberra (feat. tony abbot). Also a great background and summary of some of The Turnbull governments key achievements, visions and ambitions for Australia. Great listen and well narrated, thanks for sharing!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-2020

A great read but ...

A very intriguing read particularly for someone who is not familiar with Australian politics. I agree with the other listeners with regard to the modesty comments !

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  • Andrew James Roberts
  • 29-04-2020

A great listen but ......

Really enjoyed this. I have a keen interest in Australian politics even though I am British. Australian politics is even more brutal than ours and "rolling" a sitting PM seems to be almost compulsory since Kevin Rudd.
I find Mr Turnbull an interesting listen but he seems to be slightly deluded. Apart from the first resignation from the leadership of the Liberals, he accepts virtually no responsibility for his own demise. He is not blameless in the games and back biting that typify Australian politics but is keen to portray the opposite.
I urge you to purchase this but take it with a pinch of salt in terms of historical accuracy.
It is however an interesting listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-2020

Malcolm is perfect according to Malcolm

Parts are interesting. However some modesty wouldn't hurt. It gets boring after a while listening to how perfect Malcolm is.