Girt

  • by David Hunt
  • Narrated by David Hunt
  • 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- patricia heffernan

Where was it when I was at school?

This wonderful book & it's sequel 'True Girt'(which I've almost finished) are at once informative & very funny. I'm sure that more school students would be interested in history if presented this way. Anyhow, Australian history was one of only a couple of school subjects that I enjoyed over 50 years ago & now I've learnt much more. These books are a scream.
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- Greg "Main interests are crime, some science fiction, fantasy & comedy. Also very interested in playback hardware for audio books."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios