• A Fortunate Life

  • By: A. B. Facey
  • Narrated by: Roger Cardwell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 11-02-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.4 (66 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Born in 1894, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent 60 years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a "fortunate" one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full - the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.
©1981 Albert B. Facey (P)2005 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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By Hamish on 10-15-16

A hard but amazing life

It's a slow start, and it's tough but realistic view of country Australia at the start and during the 20th century. The part on world war 1 at Gallipoli is incredible and post the first war interesting.

It's a hard life he endured but a fortunate one and that given many take-away's in my own life and I have the upmost respect for what he endured and what is told.

Definitely read this.

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By Fred Wilson on 02-04-15

Magnificent

The best book I have ever encountered
It was great and will listen to it again. Should be compulsory in all schools

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By Katherine on 05-28-15

amazing story of early WA

Was a wonderful story of true determination and love of the Australian outback - a real true blue aussie guy

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By Kerrin on 07-17-16

Editing...

I loved this book but the reader's pronunciation of Western Australian towns and Perth suburbs needs reviewing.

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By Phil Barron on 12-08-17

Great story, pity about the mispronunciation

What made the experience of listening to A Fortunate Life the most enjoyable?

Listening to the wonderful story of Bert Facey, from his early years to his 8th decade.

What did you like best about this story?

All of Bert's trials and tribulations, through iconic moments in Australian history, including landing at Gallipoli, the loss of his brothers in combat, clearing and settling land in Western Australia's wheatbelt, his relationships and work with indigenous Aboriginal people on the land.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narration was okay - a direct old fashioned Aussie voice that suited the text. I was very irritated by the narrator Roger Caldwell's mispronunciation of many important, and often referred to place names, especially the most repeated and central to the story town of Narrogin, but also Corrigin - all the 'gin's' were mispronounced with a hard g
It should be an essential criteria that names be researched and the correct pronunciation checked by the audiobooks editor.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved wholly by the experiences of the author, and his simple straitforward style.

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