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  • Demons and Destiny
  • By: Troy Bramston
  • Narrated by: Troy Bramston
  • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Bob Hawke

By: Troy Bramston
Narrated by: Troy Bramston
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This unprecedented biography of Hawke includes an exclusive series of interviews with him - the last that he gave - as well as unfiltered access to his extensive trove of personal papers. It features new interviews with more than 100 people who knew and worked with Hawke, including his family and friends, political and union colleagues, and rivals; advisers and public servants, and journalists, along with international contemporaries of Hawke such as George H. W. Bush, John Major, Brian Mulroney, James Baker and George Shultz.

It also brings together an extraordinary array of never-before-seen archival documents: family diaries, notes, letters and scrapbooks, school and university reports, cabinet, departmental and vice-regal papers, party strategy documents, polling and caucus minutes and secret correspondence and meeting records between Hawke and other Cold War leaders.

Troy Bramston, an award-winning and best-selling author, tells the remarkable story of Hawke's upbringing and education, the people and events that shaped him, his rise through the union movement, his complex personality and personal life marked by womanising and the demon drink, his nine-year government from 1983 to 1991, plus his post-prime ministerial life and legacy.

This book is about the real Hawke, chronicling the stunning triumphs and shocking failures, a life riddled with huge flaws and great virtues marked by redemption and reinvention, which changed Australia and shaped the world. Revelatory and compelling, it will shock and surprise those who think they know the story of the Australia's most popular prime minister.

©2022 Troy Bramston (P)2022 Penguin Random House Australia

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A great story warts and all

A thoughtful inspiring story of a great man Warts and all he wasn’t perfect by any Strech of the imagination but he was passionate about Australia and we owe him a great deal as Australians

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Informative

I really enjoyed the book. I feel informed and enriched as a result of listening to it.

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Must read for those interested in Australian politics

Awesome! Read by the author! Love that! Well done Troy! Well researched and paced biography! What can you say? Hawkey was a legend…

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Disappointing

I was so looking forward to 'reading' this book. Hawkey had such a colourful and interesting life. However, I listened to the first couple of hours and was really put off by how it was read. Authors do not necessarily make good readers! It sounded like he was learning to read, and you could almost sense him reading while running his finger under each word. I perservered and finished it, but it was a struggle. The book was exceptionally well researched, to the point it sounded like a shopping list of minute detail and events. The best part was the last few chapters when he moved away from the list-like accounting of achievements and detail and talked about emotion and the sense of the man. I hate giving a bad review, but they should have found a better narrator. I really want to 'read' the Keating book by the same author, but if he is reading it, then I'm either going to give it a miss, or buy the book and read it myself!

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The Golden years.

Now what am I going to listen to.
Nothing with compare to this wonderful Manuscript.

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embarrassing

this is awful at every level
a list of sentences childlike reading
an insult to memory

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Too droll

Great storey stifled by poor narration.
Bla bla bla only because monotone tuned me out.
This should have been brilliant given the subject matter.
Some should write and some should narrate.
I stopped listening after 4 hours and feel I gave the author a fair go.
What a shame. $17 wasted sorry to say!

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Interesting but needs a pro reader

This is superbly researched, lots of interesting facts. But with all respect to the author he should not read his own work. He does not have the skill and the effort cheapens a worthwhile book.

Eye opening content about Hawke. Interesting history. But a hard listen.

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Fantastic account of an amazing life

An unvarnished look at Hawke like never before. Well worth your time, I learnt a lot. I personally liked the author’s effort at narrating his own work, but some may struggle with it.

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The Highs & Lows of Leadership

I have always been interested & motivated by Bob Hawke’s leadership style. This audio book has allowed me a lot of time & information to reflect on my life throughout the 1970s, 80’s & 90’s. I wish to thank the author for his enthusiasm & professionalism in offering me a compelling insight into the life of such an influential Australian leader.

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