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Girt Audiobook

Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

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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)

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    Wickerman49 24/05/2015
    Wickerman49 24/05/2015

    Listen to audiobooks as cannot hold paperbacks due to disabilities. Love crime and fantasy. Best author ? Peter James.

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    "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
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    timmots 26/07/2015
    timmots 26/07/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "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
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    Ali Redhill, United Kingdom 06/12/2015
    Ali Redhill, United Kingdom 06/12/2015 Member Since 2012

    Follow me and I'll recommend you some good history books.

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    "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

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  • patricia heffernan
    27/12/15
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    "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
  • Jodelle
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    31/07/16
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    "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.

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  • Isabelle
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    01/04/16
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    "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?

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  • Matt
    30/01/16
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    "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
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    "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.

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  • Bjoern Amherd
    10/07/15
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    "Good first half"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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