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Out of the Forest

Narrated by: Dean Friske
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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Dr. Gregory Peel Smith now boasts a PhD and teaches social sciences at university. But his journey to success was neither straightforward nor simple. Born into an abusive household in the 1950s, Smith found himself descending into a life of petty crime, substance abuse, depression and homelessness. At that low point, he wandered into a forest in Northern NSW and did not emerge until over a decade later.

This audio memoir, brought to life by talented narrator Dean Friske, will tug hard at your heartstrings and bring a fresh understanding of a forgotten generation of Australians. Smith’s story of living off the land in near-total isolation under the moniker 'Will Power' offers incredible insight into how far off-track a life can go...and how the human spirit can always find its way back.

Publisher's Summary

For 10 years a man calling himself Will Power lived in near-total isolation in northern New South Wales, foraging for food, eating bats and occasionally trading for produce. But who was this mysterious man who roamed the forest and knew all of its secrets and riddles? Some people thought he might be Jesus. Others feared he was a more sinister figure. The truth was that he was neither miraculous nor malevolent, but he was most certainly gifted. And when he finally emerged from the forest, emaciated and close to death, he was determined to reclaim his real name and 'give society another chance'.

Today, Dr Gregory Peel Smith, who left school at the age of 14, has a PhD and teaches in the social sciences at university. His profoundly touching and uplifting memoir is at once a unique insight into how far off track a life can go and powerful reminder that we can all find our way back if we pause for a moment in the heart of the forest.

©2018 Gregory Smith (P)2018 Penguin Random House Australia

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Awesome

If you were born in to a low income working class family ,between 1960-1979 . You will feel as if this book is about you , or parts of you. But also that you are not a product of your environment, you can overcome so much . Thank you Gregory, I found some peace in your book .

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Great Listening

From start to finish...great listening....am glad that I got the book thank you Saturday Morning herald in Spectrum...

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  • Gai
  • 09-12-2018

Don’t miss this!

A story courageous and real in the telling. We all know people who’ve done it tough, this story details a little of ‘how tough’ and the impacts that these experiences can have on those who survive them. I’m so glad Gregory was able to tell his story for us, other survivors and all those who did not survive.

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Reading with tears..

Reading this book is amazing. I can’t describe how I feel toward it except that I cried all the way to the end. There are many forgotten people around the world and it’s heartbreaking. I am not sure from where people got the right to classify each other as sociopaths. The society and the family should be blamed for that misclassification and we must ensure that our societies are free from it. Very glad to hear that one of many people who suffered have found the light at the end, but how many people are still under that kind of breaking. Also, I admire the way Dr. Smith pushed his way to the end “be there at the end” One day, I wish meeting this man. The book is really one of the best biographies I’ve ever read.

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This is such a great story

I sped through this recording as Gregory Smith is a natural story teller. It is a great recording by Dean Frisk too. It works just as a great survival story, but also there is a deeper layer (if you are into that) of spirituality and redemption. I expect this book would be particularly interesting to those people in Northern NSW who are familiar with all the places he talks about in the story.

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what a story

great book. literally fist pumping at the highs and slumped flat at the lows. very relatable to anyone who's been through trauma.

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Hooked! Incredible!

Narration: Great. Story: Incredibly upsetting and surprisingly deep. I've never finished an audiobook so fast.

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What an inspirational man!!

Loved every minute of this book. It brought me to tears on more than one occasion..

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in the end it's all about choices to get us thru

Couldn't put it down.So very proud of Gregory. He has given back to society more than he received but very much deserved as every child does. Narrator was excellent.

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incredible story of overcoming being misunderstood

Was such a compelling story, giving voice to a narrative that rings true to many abused and mistreated Australian children. Was healing to hear and reassuring that people like Gregory P. Smith are doing something to create a shift.

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