We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
 >   > 
Girt Audiobook

Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

Regular Price:$23.41
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (1350 )
5 star
 (690)
4 star
 (376)
3 star
 (149)
2 star
 (60)
1 star
 (75)
Overall
4.2 (1252 )
5 star
 (674)
4 star
 (324)
3 star
 (134)
2 star
 (56)
1 star
 (64)
Story
4.2 (1257 )
5 star
 (709)
4 star
 (284)
3 star
 (132)
2 star
 (59)
1 star
 (73)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Alex H Vancouver, Canada 25/05/2015
    Alex H Vancouver, Canada 25/05/2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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 !!!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    andrie 28/11/2016
    andrie 28/11/2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karen 13/12/2015
    Karen 13/12/2015 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    85
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jim 26/11/2016
    Jim 26/11/2016 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Accents unnecessary."

    Underneath the relentless sarcasm and terrible foreign accents there is some really interesting historical content.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ryan 13/01/2016
    Ryan 13/01/2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    john 20/02/2017
    john 20/02/2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Deadful, truly Dreadful"
    What disappointed you about Girt?

    WHiplash sounds to emphasise points, execrable voices for English and French characters - an Audible that made me and my son cringe, really cringe...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Girt?

    Watching the pain cross my sons face each time the tacky whipcrack sound effect was made to empathize points. That, and realising it was a free book so I could stop listening to it without guilt.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Totally.. Ridiculous sound effects, dreadful primary school level voices for characters. My printed copy of Girt remains a treasured item lent from my library to mates with pleasure - it provides a wholly entertaining look at Australian history from right out there in left field, brilliant research, well crafted, funny as a fit. Then came the Audible.....Sorry Mr Hunt, dont wish to offend but this ranks as the 2nd worst reading of a book I have experienced in Audible. Sad because your written version of Girt is gifted, truly entertaining and readable over and over again.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ifan Gwyr Thomas 18/11/2016 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Self Centred Drivel"

    Shallow humour, tacky effects, so low brow I got angry. Ethnocentric clap trap. Even thought it was free I deleted it. Moronic.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Clare Cotton 18/11/2016
    Clare Cotton 18/11/2016 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    borneveryminute new zealand 05/10/2016
    borneveryminute new zealand 05/10/2016 Member Since 2016

    bem

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Niko H. 04/12/2015
    Niko H. 04/12/2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Jodelle
    seattle
    31/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • patricia heffernan
    27/12/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly Samurai
    27/08/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Welcome to Terra Australis!"
    Any additional comments?

    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. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    17/06/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    Highett, Australia
    23/01/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/01/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isabelle
    UK
    1/04/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An overall enjoyable experience"

    I wouldn't say brilliant but a fun walk through early colonial Australian history. A nice introduction even for those who know little about the country, and interesting behind the scenes anecdotes for those who do. Bonus points for explaining the origins of many English expressions. But it feels at times like the author is trying too hard to be funny and the tongue-in-cheek tone, pleasant at first, gets repetitive and cumbersome after a few hours. How many times can you make a quip about the French military not being used to winning?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    30/01/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Absolutely loved it"
    Would you listen to Girt again? Why?

    Yes, it's hilarious!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It takes characters who are often venerated as founding fathers, and who appear on our national symbols, and humanises them and points out their many flaws and foibles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • F. McGregor
    British Columbia, Canada
    21/09/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A fun history of Australia"

    David Hunt's narration and writing are side splitting and so enjoyable that I'm off to read another history of Australia doubtless much less enlightening to compare notes. However for a foreigner visiting the country it provides a refreshing taster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bjoern Amherd
    10/07/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good first half"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Wickerman49
    Sompting, West Sussex United Kingdom
    24/05/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • timmots
    26/07/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    Redhill, United Kingdom
    6/12/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.