• Girt

  • The Unauthorised History of Australia
  • By: David Hunt
  • Narrated by: David Hunt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 04-19-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.3 (105 ratings)

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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
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Jodelle on 07-31-16

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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By patricia heffernan on 12-27-15

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

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By Wickerman49 on 05-24-15

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.

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By timmots on 07-26-15

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!

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By Alex H on 05-25-15

True Blue History of Australia - Addicted

This is the greatest history of Australia I've ever read. I used to think Australian history was bland and uneventful, but I was dead wrong - little did I know that I was soon to come into contact with this TRULY GREAT HISTORY. 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. It also highlights parallels between Australia's European founding & contemporary issues. 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!.


15/15 !!!

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By Karen on 12-13-15

who knew?

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. I am always dubious about the author reading, but either exception of a few dodgy accents, I enjoyed David Hunt's reading. highly recommended.

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