• Ned Kelly

  • A Short Life
  • By: Ian Jones
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-01-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (21 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Author and screenwriter Ian Jones offers a detailed, in-depth look at bushranger Ned Kelly, a uniquely Australian outlaw celebrated in some circles as a folk hero while condemned as a murderer in others. Listeners fascinated by Ned Kelly and the layers of legend around him will appreciate Jones’ historical research, masterful sense of storytelling, and sympathetic yet even-handed account. Performer Paul English brings a crisp enunciation and lilting accent to the story of one of Australia’s most famous figures, whose words at the gallows - "Tell ‘em I died game" - have become an Australian catchphrase.
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Publisher's Summary

Simultaneous release of the updated edition featuring new introductory material. Ned Kelly the man - warts and all - the most vivid portrait yet of Australia's immortal outlaw! Author, Ian Jones, acknowledged Kelly authority, shares with us the results of a lifetime's research.
For the first time, Ned Kelly truly emerges as a man - a man who hated conflict yet never escaped it. A private man incapable of being ordinary and unnoticed. A man who was seen, even in his own lifetime, as what he represented rather than what he was.
©2003 Ian Jones (P)2008 Bolinda Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kate on 12-11-09

The making of a legend

A fascinating story, well told. The narrator's 'Oirish' accents are cringeworthy, but otherwise it is easy listening and the story is compelling.

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5 out of 5 stars
By anonymous on 07-02-18

Brilliantly written and read ... the true history!

Being a hopelessly one eyed Kelly sympathiser I enjoyed this book immensely. It gives a balanced account based on the facts but also draws some assumptions and attempts to add colour where possible. It does not paint Ned as a saint but rather as the extraordinary enigma that he was, a man whose actions on numerous occasions contradict the behaviour associated with a supposedly viscous killer. Ian Jones is without a doubt the world authority on Ned Kelly and his book reflects the years of research and analysis involved in his quest to find the truth. I thought I knew a lot about our most infamous Australian but was astounded at the number of trivial facts I was unaware of ... they help to bring the whole saga of the Kelly Outbreak back to life and fan the fires of rage that I felt as a kid when I first became a Kelly-aholic.

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