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    • Monash's Masterpiece

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by the brilliant Sir John Monash, fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together as a coordinated force. Monash planned every detail meticulously, with nothing left to chance. Peter FitzSimons brings this Allied triumph to life and tells this magnificent story as it should be told.

    Regular price: $35.88

    • Batavia

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
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      4 out of 5 stars 130
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 132

    The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Australian History

    • By Hugh on 03-04-13

    Regular price: $27.27

    • Burke and Wills

    • The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's Most Famous Explorers
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 19
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    The iconic Australian exploration story - brought to life by Peter FitzSimons, Australia's storyteller. 'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago. Melbourne, 20 August 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, with 15,000 well-wishers cheering them on.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bravery and wisdom.

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-25-18

    Regular price: $40.68

    • Nancy Wake

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 525

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??

    • By Simone on 09-04-12

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Lewis FitzGerald
    • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 451
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    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Tribute to Fighting Australians

    • By Mark T Ryan on 04-25-11

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age

    • Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
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    Australia's best-selling nonfiction author of all time. Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, he led an expedition from Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Real Life "Boys Own" Adventure Story

    • By R. Wagner on 11-21-12

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Fromelles and Pozières

    • In the Trenches of Hell
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
    • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    On 19 July 1916, 7,000 Australian soldiers - in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front - attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles, in Northern France. By the next day, no fewer than 5,500 were wounded and just under 1,900 were dead - a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as 'the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history'. Just days later, three Australian divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozières, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Peter FitzSimons is no historian

    • By Michael on 08-14-17

    Regular price: $41.03

    • Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Jake Fitzsimons
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The story of one man who had the guts to lose his gut. This is an audiobook that will finally help an ordinary bloke lose weight. Ever struggled with your weight? Or did you stop struggling years ago and let the pies win? Peter FitzSimons has been there and eaten that. In The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down, he will lead you through the fads that failed him, the diets that died fast and left him furious, and the ways his waistline kept the belt industry in business.

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Ned Kelly

    • The Story of Australia's Most Notorious Legend
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
    • Length: 29 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs. Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly boy's brushes with the law. Did he or did he not shoot Constable Fitzpatrick at their family home?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • the narrator was hard to listen to

    • By Greg on 09-22-16

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
    • Length: 26 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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    Known to millions of Australians simply as "Smithy", Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was one of Australia's true twentieth-century legends. In an era in which aviators were superstars, Smithy was among the greatest and, throughout his amazing career his fame in Australia was matched only by that of Don Bradman.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Adventure and the invention of aviation

    • By Tim on 10-14-11

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Tobruk

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 390
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    In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks. Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined "Rats of Tobruk" were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before-defeated Afrika Corps.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 'Bloody' Brilliant!

    • By Gillian on 05-07-14

    Regular price: $34.96

    • Victory at Villers-Bretonneux

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
    • Length: 24 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 9
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    It's early 1918, and after four brutal years the fate of the Great War hangs in the balance. On the one hand, the fact that Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks have seized power in Russia - immediately suing for peace with Germany - means that no fewer than one million of the Kaiser's soldiers can now be transferred from there to the Western Front. On the other, now that America has entered the war, it means that two million American soldiers are also on their way, to tip the scales of war in favor of the Allies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must for WWI!

    • By Honey Solomon on 05-14-17

    Regular price: $38.29

    • Eureka

    • The Unfinished Revolution
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
    • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
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    In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: "a strike for liberty". Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A masterful piece of storytelling

    • By Garry on 04-21-13

    Regular price: $27.27

    • How Hemlines Predict the Economy

    • Explanations, Rationalizations, and Theories on Everything
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
    • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Hilarious riffs on life from a man's perspective. Why does the dominant partner in any sexual relationship usually sleep on the side of the bed nearest the door? Is there a direct relationship between the length of hemlines and the state of the national economy? Are odd numbers evil? And why do drivers with hats drive 20 miles per hour slower than those without?These are the big questions of life, and it takes a brave man to tackle them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lighthearted

    • By Vladimir Rakic on 03-25-16

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Ballad of Les Darcy

    • By: Peter Fitzsimons
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The problem was that Les Darcy didn't want to march at the fore of such a procession, nor to such a destination. He wanted to continue what he had been doing to extraordinary acclaim before the war began - taking on the best boxers the world could throw at him, and lifting his entire family out of poverty as he did so. Torn between the duty he felt he owed his family, and the duty many felt he owed his country, Les made his choice ... and faced the consequences.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great story

    • By Grant on 03-16-09

    Regular price: $18.27

    • Gotta Love This Country!

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Great stories from around Australia to lift your heart, make you laugh and puff out your chest. In his very popular Saturday column, the 'Fitzy Files', Peter FitzSimons usually writes about famous sports men and women. But from time to time, he throws in stories taken from grassroots sport and daily life.

    Regular price: $37.30

    • Seriously...You Have to Laugh

    • Great Yarns and Tall Tales from the Sporting Fields, Dressing Rooms and Commentary Boxes of Australia
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    All those great and not so great sporting moments that have made us chuckle, roll and roar with laughter, told in Peter FitzSimons' inimitable style. Putting his unique spin on our sporting life, Peter FitzSimons celebrates the tall tales and true, the outrageous yarns and the knockabout humour from the footy fields, cricket grounds, dressing rooms, bars and commentary boxes of Australia.

    Regular price: $22.38

    • Seriously...You Have to Laugh

    • Great Yarns and Tall Tales from the Sporting Fields, Dressing Rooms and Commentary Boxes of Australia
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    All those great and not so great sporting moments that have made us chuckle, roll and roar with laughter, told in Peter FitzSimons' inimitable style. Putting his unique spin on our sporting life, Peter FitzSimons celebrates the tall tales and true, the outrageous yarns and the knockabout humour from the footy fields, cricket grounds, dressing rooms, bars and commentary boxes of Australia.

    Regular price: $22.97