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  • Ned Kelly

  • The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend
  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (314 ratings)

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Ned Kelly

By: Peter FitzSimons
Narrated by: Richard Aspel
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Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs.

Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home? Was he a lawless thug or a noble Robin Hood, a remorseless killer or a crusader against oppression and discrimination? Was he even a political revolutionary, an Australian republican channelling the spirit of Eureka?

Peter FitzSimons, best-selling chronicler of many of the great defining moments and people of this nation's history, is the perfect person to tell this most iconic of all Australian stories. From Kelly's early days in Beveridge, Victoria, in the mid-1800s, to the Felons' Apprehension Act, which made it possible for anyone to shoot the Kelly gang, to Ned's appearance in his now-famous armour, prompting the shocked and bewildered police to exclaim ‘He is the devil!' and ‘He is the bunyip!', FitzSimons brings the history of Ned Kelly and his gang exuberantly to life, weighing in on all of the myths, legends and controversies generated by this compelling and divisive Irish-Australian rebel.

©2013 Peter FitzSimons 2013. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Eureka is a great tale, a rollicking story with momentum that sweeps the reader along to the climactic explosion of violence.' ( The Australian)

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fantastic book by Peter FitzSimons

I listened while driving from sydney-to-melbourne while stopping at various locations talked about in the book. Richard Aspel brings the story alive with his amazing voice. 10/10 I would recommend this book to anyone. The amount of research that has gone into this book is phenomenal. highly educational but not boring.

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Fantastic!

This is the first book of Peter Fitzsimon's that I've ever read (well technically 'listened' to) and I'm very impressed. The way he brought the complete story of Ned to life had me captivated throughout. The vast amount of research he and his team must have put into this book truly pays off. I highly recommend it if you have any shred of interest in the story of Ned Kelly.

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  • 10-11-2015

Kelly - From Pop To Drop.

What did you like most about Ned Kelly?

I heard the Fitzsimmons unearthed and/or many pieces of Kelly evidence that, to date, had been unknown or questioned. With this knowledge, it was satisfying venturing through the book comfortable that what i was hearing had a bloody good chance of being legit.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ned Kelly?

Surely the Glenrowan stand is his most memorable.

Which character – as performed by Richard Aspel – was your favourite?

Aspel doesn't adopt character portrayals, which I was happy with nor does it take away from the story.

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

When Push Met With Shove.

Any additional comments?

The book is very well written and Aspel's reading is tolerable, if not a little over emphasised at times. Overall, I'm more than satisfied with it.

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Struggle to finish

It’s a comprehensive as you can want for the subject, but just way too much. The author wants you to know every family in the area before you can truly know Ned Kelly

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Brilliant

A thrilling and immersive account of the life of the great Edward, Ned, Kelly. Whether you believe that Ned was right or wrong, with this, you can agree that he was just.

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A must for any Kelly fan

something to be learnt for even the most avid of Ned Kelly fans. narrator does a fantastic job telling the story.

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Never a dull moment

It was very interesting, fun listening to the old newspaper quotes and hearing the language used back then.

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Very Disappointed

Too laborious with ridiculous amount of unnecessary adjectives. Reading Wikipedia is just as informative in a fraction of the time.

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10/10

I'm not normally a book person but driving trucks can become boring. I found this book very detailed and easy to become trapped in the moment and lose track of time

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Great story much learnt well read)) ppkkkkll ll)) l) lso) much l did not no gives Real oolp0pooo to the man ned Kelly lek jjjjlppnnn/;npppo)l)0l)

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