Les Norton

20 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 279 ratings

You Wouldn't Be Dead for Quids Publisher's Summary

Les Norton, a big red-headed country boy from Queensland, has just arrived in the big smoke and is set to make his mark. Working as a bouncer at an illegal casino in the Cross, Les encounters a number of fascinating characters who make up the seamier side of one of the most exciting cities in the world – gamblers, conmen, bookies, bouncers, hookers, and hit men, who ply their respective trades from the golden sands of Bondi to the tainted gutters of Kings Cross... usually on the wrong side of the law.

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  • Book 1

    • You Wouldn't Be Dead for Quids

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Les Norton, a big red-headed country boy from Queensland, has just arrived in the big smoke and is set to make his mark. Working as a bouncer at an illegal casino in the Cross, Les encounters a number of fascinating characters who make up the seamier side of one of the most exciting cities in the world – gamblers, conmen, bookies, bouncers, hookers and hit men, who ply their respective trades from the golden sands of Bondi to the tainted gutters of Kings Cross... usually on the wrong side of the law.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • norton

    • By Tracey on 08-31-14

    Regular price: $22.02

  • Book 2

    • The Real Thing

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    It isn't every day you help murder someone with poison in an illegal casino, whisk his body halfway across town in a Rolls Royce after robbing him, then bury his body in tonnes of concrete underneath an international airport - all more or less with the co-operation of two detectives. Les Norton is back in town! Trouble seems to follow Les like a blue heeler after a mob of sheep. Maybe it's his job - being a bouncer at the infamous and illegal Kelly Club in Kings Cross isn't exactly the stuff a quiet life is made of.

    Regular price: $22.38

  • Book 3

    • The Boys from Binjiwunyawunya

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    There's no two ways about Les Norton - the carrot-topped country boy who works as a bouncer at Sydney's top illegal casino. He's tough and he's mean. He's got a granite jaw, fists like hams, and they say the last time he took a tenner from his wallet Henry Lawson blinked at the light. Lethal but loyal, he's always good for a laugh. In this, the third collection of Les Norton adventures, Les gets his boss off the hook. But not without the help of the boy from Binjiwunyawunya. Les then finds himself in a spot of bother in Long Bay Gaol then in a lot more bother on a St. Kilda tram in Melbourne.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great, captures the true essence of AUSTRALIA <br />

    • By david on 12-31-14

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 4

    • The Godson

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Les thought that playing minder to Peregrine Normanhurst III sounded like a dead-set snack: Les would keep Peregrine out of trouble. So what if he was on the run from the IRA? They’d never follow him to Australia… But Les quickly finds himself thrust into an adventure that moves at breakneck speed from the corridors of power in Canberra to the grimy tenements of Belfast, to climax in a nerve-shattering, blood-spattered shoot out on a survivalist fortress in the Tweed Valley.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant !!

    • By David on 01-02-15

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 5

    • Between the Devlin and the Deep Blue Sea

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Okay, so it looks like the Kelly Club is finally closing down - it had to happen sooner or later. And it isn’t as if Les Norton will starve. He has money snookered away, he owns his house, and his blue-chip investment - a block of flats in Randwick - must be worth a fortune by now. Except that the place is falling down, the council is reclaiming the land, there’s been a murder in Flat 5, and the tenants are the biggest bunch of misfits since the Manson family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By david on 12-31-14

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 6

    • White Shoes, White Lines and Blackie

    • Les Norton, Book 6
    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    All Les Norton wanted was a quiet coffee and Sacher cake at the Hakoah Club in Bondi, and to be left alone to sort out his troubled love life. How he let notorious conman Kelvin Kramer talk him up to Surfers Paradise for five days, Les will never know. He went along expecting some relaxation in the sun, the chance to earn a little money, and possibly a little fresh romance. Les definitely got the earn. He certainly got the girl. But what Norton mainly got in Surfers Paradise was trouble. In a size 40 Double-D cup.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • white shoes

    • By Tracey on 09-25-14

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 7

    • And De Fun Don't Done

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    They don't call him Lucky Les for nothing. A ticket in a raffle and Norton was off to the US of A, where it turned out hot, red hot, and it wasn't just the weather. Night club brawls, mafia hitmen, and too many girls called Lori, all in a sea of margaritas. Even for Les Norton, it was just too hot to handle. So it was off to the Caribbean, where Millwood Downie - schoolteacher, historian, and would-be stand-up comic - helps Les trace his family tree and possibly uncover the biggest earn ever.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listening to the makes me feel good

    • By david on 12-31-14

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 8

    • Mele Kalikimaka Mr. Walker

    • Les Norton, Book 8
    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Norton's old friend turned out to be the biggest brothel owner in America. Madam to the stars. Through her, Les met Mitzi Moonkiss; he also met the Japanese Yakuza, lesbian geisha girls and every time he put his head out the door some boofhead US Marine was looking for a fight. And these were all the nice people. Somewhere in the middle a crazed serial killer was on the loose with a bayonet. Aloha, Les.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Robert Barrett ya Legend.

    • By David on 04-22-15

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 9

    • The Day of the Gecko

    • Les Norton, Book 9
    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Moving into his old flame Susie's flat in Bondi should have been a piece of cake for Les Norton - except that Price and Eddie had other ideas. There were two bodies buried under the handball courts at the Bondi baths. The man to get them out? Major Garrick Lewis, aka, The Gecko. With Norton for company, The Gecko literally took Bondi, and everything that went with it, in stride - Mossad hit squads, the KGB, ASIO, yobbo builders and loose women looking for action. And for once, Les is flat out keeping up.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ace! Loved it!

    • By Nick on 05-09-15

    Regular price: $19.49

  • Book 10

    • Rider on the Storm

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Robert G. Barrett is a master of political incorrectness. For more than a decade now, Robert G. Barrett has been entertaining Australians with the cocky Queenslander Les Norton and his outrageous exploits. In this collection, as well as more great Les Norton stories, Robert G. Barrett offers his views on getting published, getting famous, getting the dole and getting a date. Rider on the Storm and Other Bits is Les Norton at his worst and Robert G. Barrett at his best.

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 11

    • Guns ‘N’ Rosè

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Norton needed a holiday - anywhere - as long as it was out of Bondi. Price was only too willing to oblige - Les could have his house at Terrigal. All he had to do was look after George Brennan's nephew for a week while he was there. Sounded okay to Norton, and it was better than spending his own money. Jimmy Rosewater was young, cool and the original brown-eyed handsome man. He loved good wine, going to restaurants, going line-dancing, and the ladies loved him. This suited Les nicely.

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  • Book 12

    • Mud Crab Boogie

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Look out Wagga Wagga. Les Norton's in town and he feels like dancing. Extreme Polo. The wildest game on water. That's what it said on TV. All Les had to do was drive down to Wagga Wagga for an old mate who owed him a favor, Neville (Nizegy) Nixon, and pick up the Murrumbidgee Mud Crabs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent easy listening

    • By Francis on 04-10-11

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 13

    • Goodoo Goodoo

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    From FM radio to FN Queensland, Goodoo Goodoo is the latest Les Norton adventure. Robert G. Barrett shows again why he is Australia's biggest-selling contemporary author, a hit with both men and women readers.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great entertainment!

    • By Joachim on 10-13-11

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 14

    • The Wind and the Monkey

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Robert G. Barrrett's latest Les Norton adventure, The Wind and the Monkey, set in Port Stephens, NSW, is a romance as well as an adventure - proving once again Barrett's enormous appeal to both men and women readers.

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 15

    • Leaving Bondi

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Les figured by tossing $50,000 into the Gull's movie he'd become the next Sam Goldwyn. Only someone put a bomb on the film set. And who gets the blame? Now Norton's a fugitive from the law, desperate to prove his innocence.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Still enjoyable

    • By Laurie on 02-04-12

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 16

    • Mystery Bay Blues

    • By: Robert G Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Just when everything was going so good, Les slips a disc in his back. He can't run, he can't train. He can't do anything much. But he can still drive his car. So it's down to Narooma for the South Coast Blues Festival and a bit of R&R: 30 bands and three days and nights of non-stop rock 'n' roll. Which would have been great, only Les has to have a slight altercation with four fishermen on his first night in town. Now the toughest, meanest, most horrible bloke on the south coast is after his blood.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery Bay Blues

    • By K. Pearson on 05-11-09

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 17

    • Rosa-Marie's Baby

    • By: Robert G Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Robert G Barrett's Rosa-Marie's Baby is action, romance, and intrigue with a diabolical twist. Set in Melbourne, Lorne and Apollo Bay, Victoria, it proves once again why Robert G Barrett is called the king of popular Australian fiction.

    • out of 5 stars
    • Rosa-Marie's Baby

    • By Alan on 07-24-09

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 18

    • Crime Scene Cessnock

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    All it took was a summer's day and a flat tire on his push-bike, and Les is out on bail and on the run from a gun-happy street gang intent on a drive-by. So, with Warren's help, Les Norton defendant, becomes Len Gordon film director, safely ensconced at the ultra-swish Opal Springs Health Resort till Eddie can sort things out back in Sydney.

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 19

    • Les Norton and the Case of the Talking Pie Crust

    • By: Robert G Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Les is quite happy resting up after the flu when Warren has to tip him into an earn. Norton's mate from the Albanian Mafia, Bodene Menjou, is planning to make the most politically correct movie ever made in Australia, Gone With the Willy Willy, and has a script stolen. If Les can find it, a lazy $50,000 could fall in. How can Norton say no?

    Regular price: $22.02

  • Book 20

    • High Noon in Nimbin

    • By: Robert G. Barrett
    • Narrated by: Dino Marnika
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Arranging the hit on Fabio was a low act, and Les knew it. And when you get Sydney's deadliest killer to do the hit, there's always a quid pro quo. In this case, Les had to take a trip to Nimbin to help an old army mate of Eddie Salita's open a bar, the Double L Ranch. Which suited Les, since he had to take his friend Tony Nathan to the waxhead wedding of the year at Bluey's Beach, and it was on the way. The waxhead wedding of the year turned into the ethnic brawl of the decade.

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