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Growing up Aboriginal in Australia

Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside those from newly discovered writers of all ages. All of the contributors speak from the heart - sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.

©2018 Anita Heiss and Black Inc. (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd
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Great honest storytelling

It’s writing like this that helps me understand an upbringing and perspective so different from my own.

Thank you Dr Heiss for collecting these stories and making them available to hear. Thank you for having the courage to tell your story for me to hear.

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I couldn't really get into this.

i think I would have preferred a longer story of someone's life and it could have talked about varying perspectives from different Indigenous Australians around them to get the insight into different experiences but I didn't really like this topic in such short story format as some stories seemed really surface level and didn't draw me in or give me the insight into the life of an Indigenous Australian that I wanted. I didn't read the whole thing so i can't review that but It wasn't really what I was hoping for.

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A powerful collection of stories

These personal stories of Australian Aboriginals bring to light what many have always known - that the resilience and grace that lives within the black community is awe inspiring. Many common threads weave throughout these diverse accounts of life, presented in a way that will make you laugh and cry and question everything you thought you knew. Thanks Dr Anita Heiss for this terrific read.

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Great stories

I really love reading/listening to people's own stories. This anthology is fascinating, so many voices and experiences, each unique and individual but also some collective themes. Highly recommend

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Thought provoking and important read.

I almost listened in one continuous sitting. Almost. I definitely had to pause between stories briefly to reflect. To breath! All such different stories, but very strong and impactful themes throughout. I honestly think every Australin should read this book and books like it.

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Audible ~ get your xxxx together! Its an ANTHOLOGY

This is an important anthology of First Nations Artists
Each one should be properly credited.
Brava to the editor ~ Anita Heiss for bringing an important work into being.
People telling their own stories ...

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Fascinating

great book. however audio kept cutting out at beginning of each chapter and thus I missed all the titles

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Excellent Range of Representation

This book is a wonderful collection. Many different stories with powerful messages spanning a wide age range. An excellent resource for those who want to know more about the experiences of Indigenous Australians on their terms and face the true human cost of colonisation.

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  • A. Rabe
  • 01-05-2019

Fantastic Book; illuminating personal stories

This collection of essays presents a range of life experiences of growing up aboriginal in Australia. Truly wonderful.

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  • Anne F.
  • 22-11-2019

A must read.

My ignorance as an Australian is astounding. This book needs to be required reading for everyone.

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  • Timothy
  • 29-01-2020

A repository of many backgrounds

I'm new and ignorant to the story behind aboriginal people living in Australia. The personal accounts put together here are a good start for me to become more aware of my behaviour not just towards the natives, but practically anyone I meet out there on the streets.

The female narration were clear and crisp, however, some of the recordings of the narration by men lack clarity and volume. Many times I had to adjust the volume when the male voices came on.

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 01-08-2019

Good enlightening read

This is a good read about a culture I have to admit I knew very little about. Some essays are more interesting/better written than others. One recurring point was that a lot of the contributors spoke about being mixed race and having to deal both with racism and with being told they weren't 'really' Aboriginal. It also give several painful personal insights into the scandal if the stolen generation.