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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,630 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Doris Pilkington Narrator: Rachael Mazza Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN:
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The film Rabbit-Proof Fence is based on this true account of Doris Pilkington's mother, Molly, who as a young girl led her two sisters on an extraordinary 1,600 kilometre walk home. Under Western Australia's invidious removal policy of the 1930s, the girls were taken from their Aboriginal families at Jigalong on the edge of the Little Sandy Desert, and transported halfway across the state to the Native Settlement at Moore River, north of Perth. Here Aboriginal children were instructed in the ways of white society and forbidden to speak their native tongue.

The three girls - aged 8, 11, and 14 - managed to escape from the settlement's repressive conditions and brutal treatment. Barefoot, without provisions or maps, they set out to find the rabbit-proof fence, knowing it passed near their home in the north. Tracked by Native Police and search planes, they hid in terror, surviving on bush tucker, desperate to return to the world they knew.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Johnson | 2/19/2014

    " This book was a little slow in some parts but a very interesting read. I learned a lot about Australia's history and my heart ached for those sweet aboriginal children and families who were split up. The 3 girls in this story were such an inspiration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Goldenwattle | 2/14/2014

    " This was not a thick book and didn't take long to read. Without the initial history (before the actual story begins) it would have been even thinner. It was this initial history that I found boring, but I ploughed through it and once the actual story began I found it a good read. I thought the story was balanced. I expected it to be hard on the non-aboriginals, but I found it took a balanced approach. In fact, sometimes I was not sure what race people were, which really was how it should be. It was a tremendous journey these three girls undertook and it was fortunate the season and rain were in their favour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Rivera | 2/4/2014

    " It was a nice story, but too slow for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/1/2014

    " A very important story, but I think it could have been better-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Grabarek | 1/21/2014

    " This historical account of the these young aboriginal girls is amazing. I rooted for them throughout the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marifran | 1/20/2014

    " An amazing story of courage -- I just wish it were better written... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kirstin | 1/19/2014

    " I saw the movie based on this book when it came out in 2002 and really enjoyed it but the book turned out to be very-poorly written and a big disappointment. It starts out with a few very confusing and odd chapters about the history of the arrival of white men to Australia and then it moves on to the story of three half white/half Aboriginal girls who are taken over 1600 miles from their homes to an institution to be assimilated into white culture and then they escape and walk back to their homes. For a journey that must have been such a brave and scary and tough thing to do it came off as very dull. The book teeters back and forth between a simple no-frills narrative (they ate, they slept, they walked over and over and over again) and extremely awkward made-up dialogue with odd descriptions of flowers and random snippets of source material thrown in. It is severely lacking in details and often repeats the same phrases sometimes even within the same paragraph. We get to know little about the personality of the girls or their motivations so it is hard to ever really make any connection with them. The author also throws in a lot of words in her native language. I usually enjoy this in other books but it is done very poorly in this one. Instead of providing a translation when a word is first used or making it so that it can easily be guessed from the context they are really just thrown out there. There is a glossary in back but I didn’t realize that until I was practically through the entire book. I think reading about the history of Australia would be very interesting but this just isn’t the book for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bianka | 1/11/2014

    " such a powerful, heart wrenching story / adventure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 1/9/2014

    " Sad, but very educational on how English colonialism has destroyed many indigenous cultures with their greed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/4/2014

    " Interesting book about Aborigine girls escaping a school. Not particularly well written, but a new insight into an unknown world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia | 1/1/2014

    " Great story, but so much was missing, in this case, I wonder if the movie isn't better than the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/16/2013

    " This book could have been a much more engaging and fulfilling tale as the feat of the protagonists is one of epic proportions. Unfortunately, the ponderous writing and lack of character development diminishes this impressive journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mahikan Kurd | 12/9/2013

    " I'm in awe "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Blevins | 11/12/2013

    " An unbelievable story the gives a glimpse into what Western Europeans did to native Australians. A gripping tale of determination and strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Hartman | 11/2/2013

    " This book got to bogged down in the first two chapters about the history of western Australia. Once the actual storyline picks up in the 4th or 5th chapter, it is interesting. Amazing sotry but not as well written as I had hoped. Has made me want to see the movie though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 10/1/2013

    " The book, while good, was not nearly as moving and impactful as the movie. Usually it is the other way around... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 7/28/2013

    " I like this book. It was quite short, but told a story of hope and determination, which is quite amazing considering the girls were 8-14 years old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi L. | 7/24/2013

    " This was an amazing true story. A quick read, but not my favorite book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/14/2013

    " This is a sad story of religious dominance over traditional culture. It is a heart warming story of family and the meaning of home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 4/11/2013

    " Another book on inhumanity on yet another part of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Jackson | 4/3/2013

    " Astonishing story of two sisters brave escape and journey back home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray Norris | 3/2/2013

    " One of those rare books for which the movie is actually better than the book! The book is good, but the movie is awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 1/6/2013

    " Having seen the movie, I wanted to read the book for more background. The movie was actually stronger in many ways. This is a truly inspiring story, but the book was a bit weak. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 12/27/2012

    " Poorly written, poorly edited. Amazing journey, but it reads like a food journal, with more attention paid to what the girls ate (rabbits, baby emus, handouts from farmers' wives, water, black tea, nuts and berries) than to their journey. Blah. See the movie instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 11/25/2012

    " An aboriginal girl is taken from her family hundreds of miles away to a camp where she'll learn to be, um, a white British girl. But she escapes and manages to walk back through the Australian desert and reunite with her family. The movie was incredibly compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 11/14/2012

    " Although the actual story behind this book is fascinating, I found the book to be poorly written. "

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