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Publisher's Summary

Entrepreneur, adventurer, philanthropist. Australian icon Dick Smith shares his extraordinary life story for the first time.

I have been charmed by good fortune to be born in Australia in the 1940s. I have lived through a time of great prosperity, and every day, I am reminded of my good luck.

Dick Smith is a remarkable and proud Australian. He has been part of our national consciousness for over 50 years as an innovative and astute businessman, a groundbreaking adventurer, a generous philanthropist and a provocateur for the causes he feels deeply about. Yet, despite his great successes and achievements, Dick has remained down to earth and close to his roots.

So how did the young boy who was one of the most academically hopeless in class become the national living treasure he is today? And what was it within that kid with a speech impediment that allowed him to create three successful businesses and take on some of the world's greatest and most dangerous aviation challenges?

In My Adventurous Life, Dick shares his inspiring story and the lessons he's learned about staying true to yourself. He has welcomed the freedoms that wealth brings but has found the simple life more fulfilling. His responsibility is to the world and the people we share it with.

©2021 Dick Smith (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"Part Bear Grylls, part Bill Gates, but 100 per cent Aussie larrikin. Dick is a great innovator, philanthropist and adventurer, who in my eyes can do no wrong." (Paul Hogan)

"Businessman, adventurer, philanthropist...Dick Smith is a true Australian legend." (Greg Mortimer, OAM)

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Great read

Liked listening to dick had a calming and informative voice will look for more books from him.

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excellent!

loved it what a great life and well read story ! will be recommending to friends!

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Amazing Aussie Icon

Grew up knowing Dick Smith as just the guy owning the electronics store and the the dick Smith food... he has lived a life we could only dream of living!! fantastic to listen to and always have high respect for anyone reading their own book :)!
highly recommend anyone to listen to the life of Dick Smith

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made me laugh and cry .. and think

Thankyou Dick for sharing your story. i am also one of the lucky people on this Planet who was born free range in Australia . I also know how lucky i am . your audio book is like a 9hr episode of australian story, congratulations to you and your Family. Dick you are one of me Heros i hope i meet with you one day

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Wow , what an amazing life , im so proud of this Australian Family man!
The way Dick balanced business with pleasure is a lesson to us all. He had me on the edge of my seat many many times with his heroic exploits.
Im a private pilot myself so i understand the risks,many are just too close for comfort.
Im an absolute chicken compared to Dick Smith.
I raise a toast to this amazing Australian and his support crew , his family !

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Inspiring & insightful 👍👍👍

So wonderful to listen to Dick humbly narrate his own absolutely incredible life story! Any one of his countless adventures, achievements or experiences from would be fascinating to hear about on their own, but assembled all together here, the effect is absolutely inspiring. Dick Smith is a living legend, and it’s a real treat to hear the emotion, sincerity and even humor creep into his well-known voice as he shares his journey with us. I enjoyed the whole thing, and think this is a book that every Australian should read (or better yet, listen to!).

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absolutely wonderful

The World would definitely be a better place if we had more Dick Smiths ♥️

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Would like to meet Mr Smith

Loved it. Could not stop listening. Painted the house listing. Made me think of all of my journeys around the world. Great book.
Thanks Dick
Hope to meet some day.

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One Incredible life.

This story of Dick Smith was more than entertaining, inspiring, and totally incredible to listen to.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.