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David Hunt: Girt - The Unauthorised History of Australia
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Girt: The Unauthorised History Of Australia
Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts. 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. This is the greatest history of Australia I've ever read. It has piqued my interest in the history of my forefathers. Although this book is selective in its content, it is thought provoking, hilarious, irreverent and is uniquely Australian in its storytelling. I have enjoyed every minute of this audiobook, I don't think I have ever found a book as truly funny as this one.
David Hunt's narrating only further adds to the quality of the story. He does humorous accents, has a conversational manner and brings extra life to this already lively book. I will definitely listen to this again and again! I am watching and waiting for his coming sequel to this book - and will snap it up as soon as it is made into an audiobook!.
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Australian history could actually be interesting? After the years of torment at school learning the boring stuff, oh god please not more tedious explorers, nobody bothered to tell us that the personalities behind this were actually interesting, mostly scandalous, strong willed individuals. Pirates, traitors, self serving corrupt public servants.
I was hooked from the start.
Girt (The Unauthorised History of Australia #1) by David Hunt
I am always dubious about the author reading, but either exception of a few dodgy accents, I enjoyed David Hunt's reading. What made the experience of listening to Girt the most enjoyable? Audible sent me this book to celebrate their birthday. How good is that? What a great choice. There is something in this irreverant historical narrative for everyone. I have been listening whilst pulling weeds in my garden.
It has certainly put a smile on my face.
What did you like best about this story? The humour. The lightheartedness. Ability to laugh or gently poke fun at all sorts of Australia "icons" and long held and long believed historical un-truths whilst setting the record straight. The author has done a lot of research. This is dry self-depracating Aussie humour at its best with a sense of purpose behind it. How does this one compare?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be? The history they never taught you at school. Any additional comments? Will certainly buy the sequel True Girt also by David Hunt.