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  • Big Blue Sky

  • A Memoir
  • By: Peter Garrett
  • Narrated by: Peter Garrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Peter Garrett's life so far has been deeply felt and fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, fierce intelligence and a questing and creative spirit, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives.

From his idyllic childhood growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney to the devastating early loss of his parents; from the height of 1960s culture shock at ANU to fronting iconic Australian band Midnight Oil; from his time as a galvanising activist for the environment to being the only unaligned Cabinet Minister in two Labor governments, Garrett has an extraordinary story to tell.

He talks movingly about his lifelong mission to protect the environment and champion indigenous communities and issues, about his love for his family and his passion for our country: what it means to him and what it can become.

Provocative, entertaining, impassioned and inspiring, this memoir goes to the heart and soul of a remarkable Australian and raises questions crucial to us all.

©2015 Peter Garrett (P)2015 Bolinda

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Great story....

Really enjoyed this...was fascinating to hear what was going on behind the scenes, while Midnight Oil was touring. Midnight Oil shaped my teenage years. Peter Garrett should be proud of what he has achieved..inspirational.

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Stuff I wished I knew then

A multi faceted Aussie icon. Excellent listen and story told with passion and fervour. Do yourself a favor

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a good man

Prescient awareness of social fairness and the environment, backed by the resolve and effort of its advocacy through various mediums, not the least of which was music. An admirable, faithful and good man. The quintessential good bloke.

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Not pleasant listening

Whilst this book contains some interesting history, I feel that the author/narrator is an angry person and that made it unpleasant as a listener.

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A well read personal account

I really enjoyed the first half of the book, which focused on PG’s upbringing and music. It lost me in the second half when the political stories kicked in however. I found it dragged from that point on. Great narration though, he’s an intelligent and articulate guy

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Great

I really enjoyed the book about an amazing Australian would recommend it to anyone. Thank you

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An interesting story

Engaged from start to finish. Learnt a lot about Peter, his family, Midnight Oil, Australian politics and Australian history. Well worth a listen to.

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Rocker, politician, humanitarian

I listened to this on audible with my husband (who is a huge Midnight Oil fan) while we travelled around Queensland. The fact that it’s read by Peter Garret adds so much to the story. You can hear his enthusiasm, his fond reminiscence and, at times, his sadness (particularly when speaking about his parents deaths).

We especially enjoyed his earlier years when he talks about his youth and his wonderful stories about the band. Although we aren’t big on politics, there were enough interesting and amusing anecdotes to keep us entertained. It makes you understand just how hard it would be to be a politician- you can never please all the people all the time and you can’t just do what you want. There’s a lot of negotiations and hoop jumping and probably a lot of compromising to get just some things through. Well worth the read/listen.

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Peter Garrett - a remarkable Australian

I enjoyed learning about Peter the activist, the environmentalist, the artist and the politician - and of course, the family man. What an amazing and full life he has had.

I think his contributions to the arts, the environment & supporting Australians and First Nation peoples are admirable.

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The Pragmatic Approach to Change.

Peter takes us on a journey of learning life's ropes and then following through on one's convictions in this to make our country a better place for us ALL.

I highly recommend this book for many reasons all of which you will understand as you progress through it.

Peter is one of our better Australians.

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