• Bill the Bastard

  • The Story of Australia's Greatest War Horse
  • By: Roland Perry
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Bill the Bastard

By: Roland Perry
Narrated by: David Tredinnick
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Publisher's Summary

Bill was massive. He had power, intelligence, and unmatched courage. In performance and character he stood above all the other 200,000 Australian horses sent to the Middle East in the Great War. But as war horses go he had one serious problem. No one could ride him but one man - Major Michael Shanahan. Some even thought Bill took a sneering pleasure in watching would-be riders hit the dust.

Bill the Bastard is the remarkable tale of a bond between a determined trooper and his stoic but cantankerous mount. They fought together. They depended on each other for their survival. And when the chips were down, Bill's heroic efforts and exceptional instincts in battle saved the lives of Shanahan and four of his men.

By September 1918, "Bill the Bastard" was known by the entire Light Horse force, who used his name not as an insult, but as a term of endearment. Bill had become a legend, a symbol of the courage and unbreakable will of the Anzac mounted force. There was no other horse like Bill the Bastard.

©2012 Roland Perry (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Great story about a unique horse

I loved the interweaving of the characters & their stories, but especially Bill's story. what a horse!

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War is never pretty but must be remembered

What a good story. Now I have to discover how much was true. The horses were the heroes. I enjoyed reading about the men and women and the horses.

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Wonderful recount from WW1

The story of Bill just moved along wonderfully intertwined with famous and not so famous characters.
The reader was great and story even better.
Thoroughly enjoyable.

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incredible story!!

Incredible story. loved every minute!! definitely a must read!! if you like horses and history, get this book

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Historical view of the use of WW-I <br /> horse calvary

Worth your time...Excellent listen...Narrative is authentic and true to life...Great story telling that you will enjoy.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes it is a good story well thought out

What did you like best about this story?

the horse and its behaviour

Which character – as performed by David Tredinnick – was your favorite?

bill the bastard

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

bill the bastard from the bush

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Brilliant.

What made the experience of listening to Bill the Bastard the most enjoyable?

The story of this wonderful animal made great listening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Major

What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

Diction was clear and made for easy listening

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the re-mounts were taken out and shot.

Any additional comments?

A brilliant story well-told. if they gave Victoria Crosses to animal, Bill would have won several.

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  • 05-25-21

Brilliant and powerful storyline

I enjoyed this from chapter one and learnt a great deal about the Anzacs war.

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  • Eric
  • 08-17-15

brilliant book

fantastic story from start to finish had to keep driving to finish a chapter brilliant

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-20

An Australian classic

What a great story. An mazing journey embraced the bond between man and beast. Loved the book.

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  • Rosemary
  • 05-25-15

Excellent

Loved the whole experience, narration was excellent. Highly recommended reading. Should be on a must listen list.

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  • Vicki W
  • 01-12-22

Tremendous Story

This is a great read!!. A Well written and easy read. It easily moves thru the personal story of Bill the Bastard and the people in his orbit to the war to end all wars. Sympathetically read and performed. Highly recommended

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  • Pipc
  • 12-11-21

Extraordinary war horse hero

An incredible story about Australian WW1 hero horse …narrator does a cracking job bringing the story alive

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-21

Very captivating

Would recommend this 100%
sad but a eye opening account of the history of soldiers and their mounts

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-21

Amazing Read

Amazingly written and heartbreaking at the same time, can tell it was written by and old Aussie bloke at times, but a true to heart story of the legendary Australian War Horse

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  • nanna0077
  • 07-28-21

A Historical Story of a Great Partnership

Fantastic narration. Perfect for this Story. A wonderful story of a special partnership during World War 1. Bill & Shanahan are a memorable team. This story should be a must read for Australian students & adults.

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  • Rosie
  • 07-19-21

The Australian spirit of a Waler horse

Great narrator to a special story. For once the horrors of the Gallipoli and subsequent campaigns form the backdrop to the story of an extraordinary but humble horse

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-21

fantastic, hooked from the start

great book and read out so well , easy to listen to, would definitely recommend!

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