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A Fortunate Life

Narrated by: Roger Cardwell
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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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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One of the loveliest books I've ever heard

I hated to see this book end. Roger has such a delightful reading voice, I felt as if the author himself were actually reading it. The story is of a remarkable life, told in down-to-earth language. It makes you feel as if you know the beautiful author, a man who wasn't born to be a writer, but who simply wants the world to know the story of his life. You feel the love he has for his family, friends, wife and children and you know you'd love him if you had ever met him. A beautiful story that I never wanted to end.

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Perfect Book for Audio

This book is written very much the way you would sit and tell someone your life story of an evening. Therefore it makes a perfect book to have read aloud. What a life Bert Facey lead. Or maybe it is more that he lead a great many lives from a mother who abandoned, going to work at nine, a series of jobs in the bush, and then being at Gallipoli all before he was 21. Perhaps my favourite bit is that he met and married the girl who he received a care package from while in the army. How’s that for romantic? An Australian classic.

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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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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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A BRILLIANT life story, well written, I loved it.

If you could sum up A Fortunate Life in three words, what would they be?

Brilliant. I wouldn't have described all of his life as "fortunate" but A.B sure did. A fantastic story!!!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fortunate Life?

Meeting his wife to be after receiving socks from her whilst at war.

What does Roger Cardwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hard one to answer but he did a BRILLIANT job!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No idea.

Any additional comments?

A must read!! Hard to stop listening!!!

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  • Kathy
  • Centennial, Colorado, United States
  • 01-29-13

Very interesting

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was ok.....it kept me going because of the many different jobs and people this young man met during his life.

If you’ve listened to books by A. B. Facey before, how does this one compare?

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  • Deborah Cotterell
  • 04-05-19

amazing

so pleased we chose this for our book group discussion it is fantastic and so peaceful

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  • Katherine
  • 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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  • allatabbeycottage@btinternet.com
  • 03-08-18

Moved to tears

One of the most moving books I’ve ever experienced. I hope this book is presented in Australian schools. The likes of Albert will not be seen again. What a lovely man. Such a hard life and yet so grateful is he for the the good parts.

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  • Kerrin
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-18

Thoroughly enjoyed!

Loved every word of it! Great picture of Australia and Australians in the early 1900’s. A very interesting life story, which Albert recalled in incredible detail.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-18

inspirational

I am in awe of this remarkable man. What an amazing life. I am enriched by reading his experiences as a pioneer as well as the shocking time in the war. His gentle, intelligent and resilient nature is truly inspirational. I loved everything about this book which was at times emotionally moving but always extremely uplifting.

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  • Jacimac
  • 06-11-18

A simply told story of a pioneer in Western Australia

The narrator does an excellent job of mirroring the simplicity with which the writer has penned his life story. From turn of the 19th-20th century he tells of his childhood experiences of poverty & lack of education or care. He writes of how he survives & details why he tries a great variety of jobs. Facey experiences 2 world wars & sees great changes in Australia during his life. A resilient humble man & a simple but powerful account of a life of struggle with both joys& pain.

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  • Nathan
  • 01-27-18

A great Australian story!

An interesting life story that provides a terrific window into australian life from the 1890s-1940s.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-19

loved it

Fantastic story. Our whole family enjoyed it. A great way to learn about how people lived in the early 1900s.

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  • Larnie
  • 07-24-19

Great story of history

Great story & way to visit the years of past, how fortunate we are. Thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-19

Excellent book to listen to whilst travelling around Wa

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story, particularly as we were travelling in and around the whole area within which it was set.

We had a wonderful perspective of not only the environment but of the life of the people of that time.

Excellent recount by Roger Cardwell!

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  • Joey M
  • 04-15-19

Record of early WA history

Interesting, but pity about dreadful pronouncement of place names.
PLEASE get pronunciations of Narrogin, Albany, Pingelly and Mundaring consistent with local dialect. It's said "Narro"djin", Albany (short sharp A, not as in all), Pin"djelley", and Mun"dare"ring
Also disappointed that after all the numerous miracles and fortune, the writer chose to include a particular chapter despising God, for letting him come upon bad times...possibly forgetting that as mere man, we'd never know what good was...if we could not compare it with anything.