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Nino Culotta's They're a Weird Mob

Narrated by: Henri Szeps
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Comedy, Storytelling
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They're a Weird Mob chronicles the hilarious attempts of an English-speaking Italian migrant coming to grips with the Australian way of life. It is also an insight into the importance of idiomatic language to the Australian people.

Nino Culotta arrives in Sydney to find that, 'Most Australians speak English like I speak Hindustani, which I don't. In general, they use English words, but in a way which makes no sense to anyone else.'The language barrier means that Nino's assimilation is fraught with perplexity and frustration, but invariably reveals the true Australian spirit - a little rough around the edges, but friendly, independent and lovable.

©1957 Copyright © John O'Grady 1957 (P)2005 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Critic Reviews

‘A riotous comedy.’ ( The Age)
‘…a rollicking comedy about an Italian journalist in Fifties Australia trying to get his head around the natives’ vernacular. Anybody who has the subtitles on for Kath & Kim will get the joke.’ ( Telegraph)

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  • William Hyatt
  • 10-22-19

not the full version

this isn't the full version of the book and skips some of the best and funniest parts

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  • Mistique65
  • 04-25-17

Great Australian book

A great story with interesting characters and events.
The only criticism I have is that it's not the complete book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-19

Or Bloody Right too I tell ya!

Top book and a great Narritor!
If you have ever been to Australia or know them you will love this book.

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  • Joseph Sarkozi
  • 11-12-17

An endearing story from Australia's halcyon days.

I've always wanted to read this book ever since I saw the movie when I was a younger man in the 80s. However, the audiobook is very good considering Henry Szeps gives such a brilliant performance narrating it. It was interesting recognizing some of the main scenes in the book that were also portrayed in the movie version. But I must confess that I thought the story as adapted for the movie was more engaging than the one in O'Grady's book. None the less, being an Australian (who was born in the 60s) I can't help thinking that the kind of Australia portrayed in the book (and more so in the movie) has sadly been lost long ago.