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The Last Crocodile Hunter

By: Bob Irwin,Amanda French
Narrated by: David Tredinnick
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Bob Irwin's extraordinary life as a wildlife pioneer, father to wildlife warrior Steve and founder of Australia Zoo, told in his own words.

Bob Irwin grew up in the Dandenong Ranges, where his passion for wildlife was born. A near-death experience while working as a plumber made Bob realise he needed to follow his dreams, so he and his wife, Lyn, moved their young family to Queensland, where they opened a wildlife park on the Sunshine Coast. The Irwin children grew up in and around the Beerwah Reptile and Wildlife Park, learned about the animals there from their dad and cared for orphaned wildlife at home with their mum. Passion for the environment and all animals became a way of life for them.

This unique upbringing had a profound impact on Bob's son Steve, who followed in his father's footsteps and became famous around the world as the Crocodile Hunter, an educator and wildlife warrior. Bob nearly didn't survive the sudden death of his adored wife, Lyn, and it was Steve who helped him face life again. When the world tragically lost Steve to a freak diving accident, it wasn't just the animals that lost the best friend they ever had. Bob did, too.

Describing it as moving forward without a map, Bob spent many years burying himself in physical work as a means to cope with the loss of his son. It was the natural world and the animals within it that helped Bob to keep going, and since then he has continued to fight for his beloved Steve's legacy of protecting the wildlife, environment and planet on which our own survival depends.

Entertaining, moving, impassioned and inspiring, The Last Crocodile Hunter shows the heart and soul of a great Australian character, father and wildlife campaigner.

©2016 Robert E. Irwin and Amanda French (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Great story!

What a great and touching story of a very inspirational person. Great narration too! The Australian accent makes it very authentic feeling.

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Read it!

One of the best, most inspirational books I have listened to or read in recent times.

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LOVED it!

I grew up watching Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter" so I was excited to see a book written from a family member's point of view. This book captures so much, even things I didn't realize before. (and I idolized Steve Irwin as a kid!) It shows so much of Bob's integrity that he refuses to discuss family disagreements with the public. I didn't know much about Bob before I read this book, and I am so thankful to him and Amanda for writing this all down. It breaks my heart to know Bob is no longer welcome in the zoo him and Lyn worked so hard to start. I can't understand that! The narrator was absolutely perfect for the book. Read (or listen) now!

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Such a touching!

My favorite book I have listened to this year.
I happen to be watching crocodile hunter dairies and noticed many people and stories from this book. Loved this book. ThankYou Irwin family for what you do and continue to do for our animal family

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i am a fan of the show so this book was very interesting for me. i loved the Australian accent of the narrator. it made it more authentic.

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Thank you Steve !

I loved the heartwarming honesty!
I highly recommend it!
I loved watching Steve’s love and enthusiasm on his TV shows! And I loved Bindy-she was adorable!

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a great listen

loved hearing more about Steve and his dad. a great book for the crocodile hunter fans in the world

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A must for any reptile and animal lover!

Absolutely great book! Well written with many perspectives! Hearing it from Bob Irwin and his passion for animals and his family.

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Awesome Book

This book was so well thought out. I was so captivated by this book.I have gone through some hard times in my life and to lesson to the hard time that the Irwins went through with losing Steve and his Mom my heart just went out to them. Thank you for letting the world into your personal life.

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Thanks for reminding me what matters!

wish there was a woman narrating when a woman's part came up. missed when some changed.

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  • 11-18-21

My childhood hero’s hero, and an inspiration to humanity

I was hooked onto this audiobook as soon as i purchased it. Steve Irwin was my childhood hero, and my inspiration as i am studying for a career in conservation because of him. And to hear everything from his dad, i went on a emotional rollercoaster. He pioneered the ways of the bush and arguably catalysed conservation of apex predators such as crocs. The amount of challenges that Bob must have endured is immense, and it pains me. I know he’s not a peoples person but i do hope that i get a chance to meet him. Hearing some of his stories with steve made me shed tears because of the impact that they have left on me, not only that, it shows how important family is. I love the passion they have for wildlife, such passion stained my life and i am very grateful for it. To lose your soulmate, then to lose your son and best friend… i cannot imagine, the strength of that man is immense. Although he isnt the biggest of blokes, he is a giant. Although i never got the chance to meet my hero, i will carry on his legacy with the conservation of out beautiful wildlife. I still have A LOT to say but i hope next i get to move to Australia and develop myself further. I know the family situation may be difficult as it usually is, i hope they can reconcile, for Steve and for themselves. I will forever cherish this autobiography and the message that these legendary giants have left us. I want to say a lot more but i dont want to drag it too much.

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  • Lindsey Tew
  • 07-09-21

Fascinating

As a long standing admirer of Steve Irwin, his work and all he stood for, I was very much looking forward to listening to this. I did indeed learn a great deal about Steve I didn't know and admire him all the more, but I now have an added respect for his father, Bob; a man with truly the most incredible drive and story. Rare I've heard an audio book so well read either. Hugely recommend.

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  • carl k.
  • 08-12-20

a good insight into the Irwin legacy

heartfelt and heart warming tales, wonderfully brought to life by fantastic narration. If your an steve Irwin fan and on the fence about this audiobook, don't be. it's well worth your credit in my humble opinion. thank you Bob and steve.