Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men

  • by Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by Richard Aspel
  • 26 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Known to millions of Australians simply as "Smithy", Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was one of Australia's true 20th-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 BradmanAmong other achievements, Kingsford Smith was the first person to fly across the Pacific. He broke the record for the fastest flight from England to Australia, and at one point he held more long-distance flying records than anyone else on the planet.If that wasn't enough, Smithy was also a war hero, receiving the Military Cross for gallantry in action after being shot - and losing three toes - during one of many flying missions during World War I. Smithy was not the lone adventurer of the skies. Early aviation drew to it a company of daredevils who all challenged gravity and fear.This comprehensive biography, written with typical flair by best-selling author Peter FitzSimons, covers the triumphs and tragedies of not only Kingsford Smith's daring and controversial life but also those of his companion aviators.

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Great piece of history

Would you listen to Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men again? Why?

I will most certainly listen to this again


What did you like best about this story?

An interesting back ground on an Australian Charector , given his notoriety I am surprised in a way to find how his fame out weighed his business sense. It was also interesting to hear about a history of aviation and the names that have and have not carried through to nowadays.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to these things at work, as with all the other FitzSimons stories I struggle to turn them off when I go home at the end of the day


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- Sandy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2009
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd