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  • Bill the Bastard

  • The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse
  • By: Roland Perry
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence, and unmatched courage. In performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. No one could ride him but one man - Major Michael Shanahan. Some even thought Bill took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust.

Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together. They depended on each other for their survival. And when the chips were down, Bill's heroic efforts and exceptional instincts in battle saved the lives of Shanahan and four of his men.

By September 1918, "Bill the Bastard" was known by the entire Light Horse force, who used his name not as an insult, but as a term of endearment. Bill had become a legend, a symbol of the courage and unbreakable will of the Anzac mounted force. There was no other horse like Bill the Bastard.

©2012 Roland Perry (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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brilliant book

fantastic story from start to finish had to keep driving to finish a chapter brilliant

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Excellent

Loved the whole experience, narration was excellent. Highly recommended reading. Should be on a must listen list.

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An Australian classic

What a great story. An mazing journey embraced the bond between man and beast. Loved the book.

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Fantastic story a must listen audio

Fantastic audio book from start to finish, I will be sure to read this one over and over! It really is hard not to pick it up again..

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loved it

really worth a look loved it 9 words remaining to be able to press submit

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brilliantly told story of extrordinary characters.

wonderful history comes alive. A very human story with characters you will love and remember

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An Aussie hero

A well researched and written book bring back to life Australian legends of bygone days. Roland Perry again demonstrates his great skills as a writer and historian.

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road trip recommended

what a great road trip listen. Sydney to glen Innes. It kept us captivated the whole way.

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fantastic read.

fantastic read. every Australian should read this. more moving and real than most Australiana books. my heart went out to this horse. it didn't have the ending I expect.cted, but guess reality is like that

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excellent... ended to soon.

This story is very good and well told. Great to hear of Banjo Patterson though not being about him. It is a bit short and.leaves you wanting... Well done

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  • Michael
  • 30-10-2020

Wonderful recount from WW1

The story of Bill just moved along wonderfully intertwined with famous and not so famous characters. The reader was great and story even better. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Zimmerman
  • 21-09-2019

incredible story!!

Incredible story. loved every minute!! definitely a must read!! if you like horses and history, get this book

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  • Rufus
  • 14-11-2016

Historical view of the use of WW-I <br /> horse calvary

Worth your time...Excellent listen...Narrative is authentic and true to life...Great story telling that you will enjoy.

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  • Tracey
  • 19-03-2014

bill

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes it is a good story well thought out

What did you like best about this story?

the horse and its behaviour

Which character – as performed by David Tredinnick – was your favorite?

bill the bastard

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

bill the bastard from the bush

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  • Platypus
  • 24-10-2013

Brilliant.

What made the experience of listening to Bill the Bastard the most enjoyable?

The story of this wonderful animal made great listening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Major

What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

Diction was clear and made for easy listening

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the re-mounts were taken out and shot.

Any additional comments?

A brilliant story well-told. if they gave Victoria Crosses to animal, Bill would have won several.

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