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Jack & Harry

Narrated by: David Tredinnick
Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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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

"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.... It’s an exciting trip for the boys and for listeners, as well, as the two mates discover the true definition of home." (AudioFile)

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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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awesome story

well worth the credit. great for kids, great for adults. no swear words or other stuff that would inhibit a 10 year old from enjoying it, while being well written enough to keep adults engaged.

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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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  • Jess
  • 09-02-19

Awesome Aussie story for young and old!

Fantastic story of adventure, with truly Australian characters thrown in.

Cant wait to listen to the second book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-26-19

Fantastic

It took a couple chapters for me to get into the book, but then...BOOM! I was hooked! Really enjoyed the adventure. Written and read to bring the story alive. When I was 4 chapters from the end, my husband started listening in as well, and he too enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-19

loved it.

Our family of 2 adults and 4 kids loved this. Everyone hanging on every word. Ages 6-41!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-19

Not to be Missed

The best book I have heard in 5 years of listening to auditable books and I have listened to many.
Great story about the Australian bush and lifestyle.
Pity the schools don't make all kids listen to this book.
Extremely well read as well, a real Larkin narrator
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-21-19

Love this story

An excellent Austrlian story and couldn't put this book down. If you love the Australian bush you will enjoy this book. Highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-19

Great story

This book is amazing with full richness of Australian culture and diversity. The narrator was incredible with his different characters and accents.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-18

easy to follow

loved it, I could easily picture myself in the story and it just aids to my cravings of adventure!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-18

Awesome is n understatement!!!

The whole family absolutely loved this book and all of the wonderful characters :) The narrator absolutely nailed it !!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-17-18

Good Aussie Stuff

Loved this book. brought back fond memories. Great coming of age story. recommended for good clean story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-18

Can't wait to hear the second book

amazing story. Our family thoroughly enjoyed listening to this on our trip around Australia. A must for everyone