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Peter Garrett's life so far has been deeply felt and fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, fierce intelligence and a questing and creative spirit, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives.

From his idyllic childhood growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney to the devastating early loss of his parents; from the height of 1960s culture shock at ANU to fronting iconic Australian band Midnight Oil; from his time as a galvanising activist for the environment to being the only unaligned Cabinet Minister in two Labor governments, Garrett has an extraordinary story to tell.

He talks movingly about his lifelong mission to protect the environment and champion indigenous communities and issues, about his love for his family and his passion for our country: what it means to him and what it can become.

Provocative, entertaining, impassioned and inspiring, this memoir goes to the heart and soul of a remarkable Australian and raises questions crucial to us all.

©2015 Peter Garrett (P)2015 Bolinda

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Strictly for Australians

Everyone who clicks on this Audible knows Peter Garrett and knows what to expect. He can talk. But there is relatively little about Midnight Oil, and you won't learn much about their recordings, nor anything at all that's mildly salacious. These are boring rock stars. But you knew that. Much of the book revolves around political intrigue. It's hard to imagine anyone would be remotely interested in the home insulation scandal or Australian ID cards. And yet I hung in there, because there's something oddly compelling about his flow. Still, I think he would have been better off crafting a book for the domestic market and another one for the international market.

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Honest & fascinating

I've grown up with the Oils & enjoyed seeing them live in Sydney venues when the pub scene was alive & well. I've always agreed with Peter's political stances & backed him when he was with the NDP. I was shocked & felt betrayed when he joined the Labor party & not the Greens. But now I get it.

Fascinating, honest look at how politics runs in Australia now - depressing stuff. Wish he'd stayed in politics but for his own sake I'm glad he got out.

Great hearing so much info & background about the Oils too.

I highly recommend this book. Peter's strong ethics & morals & his drive for positive change, especially regarding our Aboriginal community, is inspiring. Doris is a lucky woman.

Thanks Pete!

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Engaging story by a passionate man

Great book. I grew up with the music of Midnight Oil and my memories of Peter are the bigger than life front man singing his heart out. Autobiographies read by the author are always the best and this is no exception. There's something special about sitting back and listening to someone tell you their own story in their own words.

Unlike some bios that can spend a long long time dealing with early years.. this one gets to the "fun stuff" quickly and stays there throughout keeping interest levels high.

Having grown up through most of the events in this book it was fascinating to get an insiders perspective and I learnt a lot about the real Peter Garrett and have a far deeper appreciation for the ideals and issues that he has been passionate about for his whole life.

If there was one thing I would have like to hear more about it would be the musical side of the Midnight Oils days. There is plenty in there and the chronology of events is comprehensive. But I really love hearing the nitty gritty details of how songs were written and recorded and the deep dive into musicianship. Then again... this is book about Peter Garrett not a biography of Midnight Oil. So we can't be too hard on that score.

Fantastic book that hits the bullseye dead on in all aspects. Well written, edited and perfect narration. Thanks Pete.

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  • Domino
  • 04-23-21

Mr Garrett never fails to inspire

I am a Midnight Oil fan but also an Australia lover although sadly not living there. I loved this book and it was all the more special for being read by the author.
For me, a truly inspiring read about the difference we can all drive to make.
Thank you.

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  • 07-08-21

Rocker, politician, humanitarian

I listened to this on audible with my husband (who is a huge Midnight Oil fan) while we travelled around Queensland. The fact that it’s read by Peter Garret adds so much to the story. You can hear his enthusiasm, his fond reminiscence and, at times, his sadness (particularly when speaking about his parents deaths).

We especially enjoyed his earlier years when he talks about his youth and his wonderful stories about the band. Although we aren’t big on politics, there were enough interesting and amusing anecdotes to keep us entertained. It makes you understand just how hard it would be to be a politician- you can never please all the people all the time and you can’t just do what you want. There’s a lot of negotiations and hoop jumping and probably a lot of compromising to get just some things through. Well worth the read/listen.

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  • Lisa Hoskin
  • 01-28-21

Peter Garrett - a remarkable Australian

I enjoyed learning about Peter the activist, the environmentalist, the artist and the politician - and of course, the family man. What an amazing and full life he has had.

I think his contributions to the arts, the environment & supporting Australians and First Nation peoples are admirable.

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  • Shane
  • 06-05-20

The Pragmatic Approach to Change.

Peter takes us on a journey of learning life's ropes and then following through on one's convictions in this to make our country a better place for us ALL.

I highly recommend this book for many reasons all of which you will understand as you progress through it.

Peter is one of our better Australians.

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  • Theres
  • 03-18-19

A good bit of insight to his views

A good bit of personal context for his views on the environment and the hows & why's of his political actions

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-19

Changed my mind

I can say i miss judged Peter as a person and member of parliament and wish him all the best

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  • Looshbaby
  • 11-18-18

Too political but interesring

First half was a great balance but second half had just too much of a focus on politics. Nowhere near enough about music.

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  • Paul Blundell
  • 10-02-18

Gets dull once he joins government...

This would probably have been better as a two part memoir. Lots of fascinating activist and musical tuff pre joining Parliament and then lots of political nitty gritty afterwards. So two very separate interest groups.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-17

One of the best audio books I have listened to.

I am going to miss hearing Peter's voice and stories every day on the way to and from work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-17

Peter Garrett is a man of depth and colour.

A meaningful account of a wonderful life. Fantastic opportunity to candidly hear your hero from the adolescent years talk about his upbringing, the band, the activism and the politics. Very important in depth and detailed account of what happened behind the door of the Labor party. For the naysayers a chance to hear Peter's version of what was seen as a sell out! Thanks again Peter. I have always valued your contribution through music, action, and values.