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Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

By: Peter FitzSimons
Narrated by: Lewis FitzGerald
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For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

Conditions on the track were hellish - rain was constant, the terrain close to inhospitable, food and ammunition supplies were practically non-existent, and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the Japanese. Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia - a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track - and defeated them.

©2005 Peter FitzSimons (P)2013 Audiobook recording produced by Evan Croker.
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Compulsory listening...we must know this.

FitzSimons has exceeded any story-telling expectations I had... right from the beginning. For an Australian, his authentically Aussie style and sparks of appropriate quips and humour make a great 'read'. But the story - this true story itself, of utterly compelling lived experiences during utterly extraordinary times is not only compelling, it should be compulsory knowledge for Australians. FitzSimons has honoured those involved and I am grateful. Thanks mate. The historic reality, the painstakingly researched detail, and the way he tells it avoids nationalistic myth-making, so often simplistically rendered by less careful story tellers. And this story surely needs no myth-making... if you want an exposé of extraordinary human character...'incredible' character, if it were told in a novel, then know the whole Kokoda story. Be honoured as FitzSimons introduces each human with extraordinary character, as well as a few whose own characters experienced their own humanity. FitzGerald is outstanding in his audio performance and in my view is the very best renderer of FitzSimons stories that I have heard on audible (4 so far). Bravo Pete - love ya work.

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LEST WE FORGET

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM' LEST WE FORGET

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More than a book

Far more than a story, this is a profoundly moving experience every Australian needs to be familiar with and remember.
Master story teller Peter FitzSimons relates what "Kokoda" stands for.
Lewis FitzGerald narrates it with his heart as though he was part of the incredible campaign.
I honour the memory of these superior Australian men and their brave New Guinea aids, without whom it could never have been done. They gave their all.
Not forgetting the American soldiers or the horror for all, including the Japanese, some of whom gave glimpses into their heart.
I'll listen again, tracing the campaigns on a map and researching many more details.
Thankyou Mr FitzSimons.

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AMAZING!!!!

This was incredible. What these blokes went through is just horrific. The author makes you feel as if you know these few men he focuses on and you really feel for them and their mates! I'll never complain about my job again!!!

The reading was superb, an excellent performance with emphasis and emotion in all the right places.

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Wow

Brilliant. Brought tears to my eyes. Wonder if the 20 year old kids would be as brave. Rest in peace

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Amazing Story

I had heard of Kokoda, of course, but knew nothing of the details.
The performance of these Australian soldiers under terrible conditions should not be forgotten, particularly given the way they were treated at the time. The less said about the generals, the better.
The performance by Lewis FitzGerald is flawless and Peter FitzSimons clearly did an enormous amount of research in preparing to write this book.
One little niggle though. Someone needs to tell Peter FitzSimons that it's not necessary to insert the word "some" before every number ("some 20 miles, "some 200 enemy" etc). It happens far too often and adds nothing to the meaning.

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Incredible

Leaves you feeling in awe of all the men who served in the war. Very emotional book.

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captured the essence of a brutal campaign as well as book could, every Australian needs to hear this story for themselves.

Very well written, Excellent Narration, possibly one of the best choices ever for a reader's voice especially given the context of the Story.
The readers voice can make or break an audio book experience.
really appreciated what the Author has done here.

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Factual historical accurate!

This audio book, is historical accurate and a must read/listen for any individual wanting to learn about the history of the Kokoda campaign and the Australian chocolate soldiers who died fighting the Japanese!

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grateful for what they went through for our country ❤️ thank you

nothing at all,was a brilliant book and thank you for our country, It bought tears to my eyes lest we forget

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