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Publisher's Summary

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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Phil Barron
  • 12-08-17

Great story, pity about the mispronunciation

What made the experience of listening to A Fortunate Life the most enjoyable?

Listening to the wonderful story of Bert Facey, from his early years to his 8th decade.

What did you like best about this story?

All of Bert's trials and tribulations, through iconic moments in Australian history, including landing at Gallipoli, the loss of his brothers in combat, clearing and settling land in Western Australia's wheatbelt, his relationships and work with indigenous Aboriginal people on the land.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narration was okay - a direct old fashioned Aussie voice that suited the text. I was very irritated by the narrator Roger Caldwell's mispronunciation of many important, and often referred to place names, especially the most repeated and central to the story town of Narrogin, but also Corrigin - all the 'gin's' were mispronounced with a hard g
It should be an essential criteria that names be researched and the correct pronunciation checked by the audiobooks editor.

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

I was moved wholly by the experiences of the author, and his simple straitforward style.

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  • Adam
  • 11-22-17

Literature for sure

Enjoyable Australian book.

Limited by the literature interest- catcher in the rye was the similar - out there, interesting but not like a normal novel such as a Dan Brown novel.

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  • Blanco345
  • 11-10-17

Inspirational

His simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-24-17

A real Australian story

This book provides a detailed and fascinating account of life in Australia in the 1900's. It taught me many things about this country and its history that I didn't know.

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  • Carl
  • 10-13-16

Beautiful story

Loved this book. Do yourself a favour and listen to this book. You won't regtet it

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  • The reader who failed English!
  • 09-25-16

An interesting story

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to see how life was in the early 1900's. I played it to my 80 year old mother who was mesmerised by it. As she hasn't read a book since leaving school.

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  • Jennifer2
  • 07-16-16

Fascinating.

An amazing account of Mr Facey's life. I really enjoyed the accounts of so many decades in WA history.
A great shame that the reader did not check the pronunciation of many towns...Narrogin, Pingelly, Mundaring and Albany as some examples.