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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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True Blue History of Australia - Addicted

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!.


15/15 !!!

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who knew?

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.

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cut to the chase

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.

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Thanks for the birthday treat

What made the experience of listening to Girt the most enjoyable?

Audible sent me this book to celebrate their birthday. How good is that? What a great choice. There is something in this irreverant historical narrative for everyone. I have been listening whilst pulling weeds in my garden. It has certainly put a smile on my face. I love the humour and the author/narrator's voice is just right.

What did you like best about this story?

The humour. The lightheartedness. Ability to laugh or gently poke fun at all sorts of Australia "icons" and long held and long believed historical un-truths whilst setting the record straight. The author has done a lot of research.This is dry self-depracating Aussie humour at its best with a sense of purpose behind it.

Have you listened to any of David Hunt’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The history they never taught you at school.

Any additional comments?

Will certainly buy the sequel True Girt also by David Hunt

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Entertaining and informative

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.

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Fantastically presented "boring aussie history"

Wow we were never taught any of the gritty and often hilarious side of our history. Well worth a listen!

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Witty!

A thoroughly enjoyable account of Australia's early history that had me chuckling all the way through.

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Too many dad jokes!

Great informative content but unfortunately not narrated well and peppered with unnecessary (an unfortunately not funny) jokes after almost every sentence!! Why?! This could have been so good but instead my wife and I got 2 hours in and couldn't listen any longer

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Obnoxious

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.

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  • Jim
  • 26-11-2016

Accents unnecessary.

Underneath the relentless sarcasm and terrible foreign accents there is some really interesting historical content.

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  • Jodelle
  • 31-07-2016

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.

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  • patricia heffernan
  • 27-12-2015

Typically irreverent.

What did you love best about Girt?

The tongue in cheek approach to re acquainting me with the iconic historical figures and happenings.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Girt?

The Rum Rebellion

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I was hooked from the start, so, nothing else.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of laughs.

Any additional comments?

I felt the narration was similar to Bill Bryson

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  • Bjoern Amherd
  • 10-07-2015

Good first half

After the first 3hrs, the novelty starts to wear off a bit. Lots of names and locations

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  • Dr.J.A.P.
  • 22-05-2018

VERY VERY funny

I was laughing so hard through this book, it's read by the author who is a VERY funny guy (great timing) and even though I did not get a lot of the foot note references to modern Australian politicians and current political events in the country (I'm American) ... I still laughed. I then listened it a 2nd time while road tripping through Australia (we drove from Adelaide to Sydney along the coast) with an Aussie friend who was laughing as hard as I had, and said he was learning a lot as well from it... (and every time we got to one of those references I didn't get I'd pause and he explained it)

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  • Malcolm H. Field
  • 27-04-2018

Accents annoying

Good story, great humour but lay off the accents. They just get in the way of the listening experience.

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  • dp
  • 09-01-2018

Great

A very great reading from the author. a humorous and I assume accurate portrayal of Australian history.

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  • Dragonfly Samurai
  • 27-08-2017

Welcome to Terra Australis!

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This is an hilarious account of Australian history. Not being an Aussie, and not having any background on their history I can only assume that it is accurate. (I hope so. If not, it's still a funny listen.) This is not a book for those who are prudish and blush at swears. Aussie's apparently don't view these words in the same manner as us. .. or they just find them funny. I'm not much of one for that language myself, but for some reason it almost sings when it comes from an Aussie. :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-2017

Well worth the download. Looking for the sequel

Cracking good story with a good serve of laughs. Puts "heroes" of history in a far more realistic and clear light.

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  • Greg
  • 23-01-2017

Where was it when I was at school?

This wonderful book & it's sequel 'True Girt'(which I've almost finished) are at once informative & very funny. I'm sure that more school students would be interested in history if presented this way. Anyhow, Australian history was one of only a couple of school subjects that I enjoyed over 50 years ago & now I've learnt much more. These books are a scream.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-01-2017

an enteraining listen about Australia's beginning

a funny take of Australia's history that is verifiable with mainstream Australian history books. there are critics of his jokes and narrative, which might hold true to the print edition but his reading style and different accents when quoting historical persons is quite engaging. I looked forward to hearing Arthur Phillips and many others 'speak'.

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  • Wickerman49
  • 24-05-2015

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.

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  • timmots
  • 26-07-2015

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!

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  • David
  • 05-11-2017

Unreliable history

A jokey canter through what is presented as Australia's early colonial history replete with racial stereotyping and delivered in a jokey manner which makes you doubt the reliability of the stories being related. The Scots are miserly, the Irish are stupid and untrustworthy, the English are all upper class bigots. The racial stereotyping is compounded by the awful attempts at Scottish Irish and English accents which are mostly well wide of the mark.

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  • Ali
  • 06-12-2015

Silly history

Would you listen to Girt again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about David Hunt’s performance did you like?

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

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

About as Australian as History can get!

Any additional comments?

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