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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,406 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Carey Narrator: Gianfranco Negropont Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Crusading folk hero or murderous horse thief and bank robber? Who was the real Ned Kelly? His name resonates in Australia the same way the name Jesse James does in America. As the impoverished son of an Irish convict, Kelly was cheated, lied to, and abused by the English. Committed to fighting back against oppression, Kelly and his gang of outlaws eluded police for nearly two years. Brilliantly novelized by Peter Carey, the story of the Kelly Gang unfolds from a series of 13 compassionate letters written, while on the run, by Kelly to his infant daughter. Building from this historical legend and testing our sympathies, Carey crafts a deeply humanistic piece of historical fiction—a tale of injustice and violence. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Packed with incident, alive with comedy and pathos, True History of the Kelly Gang contains pretty much everything you could ask of a novel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Carey deserves to be lionized in his native land for this triumphant historical recreation, and he will undoubtedly win a worldwide readership for a novel that teems with energy, suspense and the true story of a memorable protagonist.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “So adroit that you never doubt it’s Kelly’s own words you’re reading in the headlong, action-packed story.”


  • “Carey’s pen writes with an ink that is two parts archaic and one part modern and colors a prose that rocks and cajoles the reader into a certainty that Ned Kelly is fit company not only for Jack Palance and Clint Eastwood but for Thomas Jefferson and perhaps even a bodhisattva.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “As exciting as any classic western…a thrilling novel that touches on big themes without sacrificing narrative momentum. It’s also a highly compelling portrait of a man who believed that his actions were true to himself, if not to the letter of the law.”

    The Globe and Mail

  • “In a spectacular feat of literary ventriloquism, the Australian-born novelist Peter Carey…summons the rollicking, unschooled, hugely colorful voice of Australia’s best-known underdog for a bravura book-length performance.”

    The New York Times

  • A 2001 Economist Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2001 Man Booker Prize
  • A 2001 New York Times Best Book for Fiction
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist
  • A 2002 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2001 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book
  • A 2001 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachael Briggs | 2/18/2014

    " It's not, of course, a true history; rather, it's a novel told from the perspective of Ned Kelly. Carey's Kelly is a witty, sympathetic narrator (though he is also an increasingly unreliable narrator as the story approaches its tragic end). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth Kelly | 2/14/2014

    " Very enjoyable - it took me a while to get into (and a long time to read it) but once I did I thought it was very well written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill Polsby | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting true story of outlaws in Australia in the 1870s. In their final gunfight the settlers loan the outlaws their plowshares to be made into armor like the monitor and the merrimac battleships. Everyone loses like the ok corral. Format of the book is as if Ned kelly kept a diary on scraps of paper. I actually kept reading and kept reading evn though it was longer than I thought I should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue Gilbert | 2/10/2014

    " True adventure story set in Austrailia. Written in the local dialect so reading is challenging but it adds to the feel and flavor of the book. A real cowboy story with vivid scenery and terrific characters. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Carey

Peter Carey is the author of ten previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.