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Editorial Reviews

Jack & Harry: No Turning Back, narrated in clear and empathetic tones by Australian David Tredinnick, is a rollicking adventure tale, set in Perth in 1950, about two young well-adjusted boys who are falsely accused of stealing. Blowing their plight out of proportion to the supposed crime at hand, the two impulsively flee town, getting the cash to do so from a wild and well-placed bet, and begin an exciting, difficult, and epic madcap journey across the Great Outback.

A fun coming-of-age story and lively road trip tale.

Publisher's Summary

A great Australian yarn about a bold Australian outback adventure belonging to another time in another world, inspired by a true story.The happy routine life of two Perth boys is shattered one November day in 1950 when they are falsely accused of theft. With fabricated evidence mounting against them they decide to run away from their homes and families to avoid prosecution and pooling their meager pocket money they back the winner of the Melbourne Cup and fund an escape.
©2005 Tony McKenna and Mervyn Davis; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"This coming-of-age story, set in Australia in 1950, centers on two boys from a safe suburban world. Thinking they’re in trouble, the pals decide to run away. Soon, they face new adventures and daunting challenges head-on. David Tredinnick is nothing short of outstanding as the boys travel, meeting a happy-go-lucky Irishman, a soft-spoken priest, an older Aborigine man and his nephew, and many others. Each voice for more than a dozen unique characters sounds perfectly distinct. Tones vary for the boys' parents, a classmate is given a nasal whine, and an Italian miner and a Middle Eastern man have appropriate accents that never waver. It’s an exciting trip for the boys and for listeners, as well, as the two mates discover the true definition of home." (AudioFile, Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award)

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  • White
  • Leonay, Australia
  • 11-08-11

Amazing Book

My husband and I really enjoyed this book. We have been to a lot of the towns mentioned in this book.

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A favorite of Dad and the boys

I listened to this to verify it was ok for kids. Often Audible kids books are not appropriate in my opinion. Some good lessons but nothing too deep, just a fun adventure of some young boys. My boys love to listen to this one on road trips. Narrator has a fun Australian accent.

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  • Lars
  • Durham, NC, United States
  • 03-01-17

Do Not Miss!

This is an entirely charming and engaging little story about two young boys' coming of age. The story may be simple, but the narration, story, and characters make it a very worthwhile addition to your library. Additionally, it is a wonderful listen that will make you smile and feel good.

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  • Tracey
  • craigmore, Australia
  • 09-10-14

tough times

Where does Jack & Harry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

its a good listen the boys get up to some great adventurestrue of the time this book is set about well written

What other book might you compare Jack & Harry to and why?

bryce courtneys tommo and hawk 2 boys on a big life adventure

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

yes he is a very good reader make the book very lifelike

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes it gets you hooked on what is about to happen

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  • Rowan
  • 05-11-10

loved it

a real good fun book about a couple of happy go lucky lads

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  • Richard
  • 06-11-15

A cracking yarn

I read this book and loved the boys own adventure before listening to it, David Tredinnick does a great job of giving all of the characters personalities to life.

A great holiday listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-17

Great Australian Yarn

Seriously an amazing Australian story. Made me laugh all the way through. Can't wait until this is a movie!
Think I'll read the second book? :)

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  • Kayla
  • 04-19-17

Classic Australian storytelling at it's best!

This story was engaging from start to finish. The combination of the author's authentic portrayal of the people and places of the outback during the 50's with fantastic narration made it easy to believe Jack and Harry were real people. I can't wait to start the sequel!

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  • dan
  • 01-02-17

If your looking for a great aussie story

This is a beaut. The first little section of the book had me worried it was written for a young audience, but it all changes a liitle ways in.
The book highlights aboriginal ways and kindness a little bit, and i felt really attached to the characters pretty quickly! Great Listen

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  • Stuart
  • 11-27-16

Absolutely Amazing

This book had me laughing, crying and full of joy.
It's rekindled a longing to get out and explore. Something that's not so easy to do at 40 with all of life's little things that go with being an adult.

One of the best books I've ever read.

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  • Jennifer2
  • 07-11-16

A rare Gem.

A first-rate story of rare beauty and perfect Australian narration. It describes the intuition, resourcefulness and deep loyalty of Aboriginal folk, along with a variety of other fascinating characters.
Realistic adventures and actual places add pleasure to the tale.
I'm thrilled I chose this book and cherish it as one of my best books.

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  • Jennifer Sharp
  • 06-18-16

Good Aussie Outback Yarn

Written for younger teenagers it seems, but nonetheless a good read/listen for all ages particularly for Aussies. A suburb narration with a talent for consistency including an amazing ability to create a credible different voice and accent for every character.