I enjoyed the slice of life I encountered in this tale of love. Jean, the lead character was a woman of strength, common sense and resolve.
Having enjoyed reading the book twice as a young adult, following the 1981 release of the mini-series, I was almost halfway through a third reading when I saw the audio book on sale and decided to purchase it and listen to the last half of the story. While the book is wonderful, I feel the audio edition was even better. The narration was so smooth and appropriate for the story, and I felt completely immersed in the events of the book.
Having listened to about 30 audiobooks so far this year, I'd put Robin Bailey at or near the top of my list of favorite narrators. His ability to portray each character with a unique voice is superb! He read the story as I believe the author intended it to be read, with perfect hesitations and emphasis in just the right places. I truly felt drawn into the story -- more so than when I just read the book -- and was disappointed when the audiobook ended. I'll definitely be looking for more books narrated by him.
I enjoyed this story very much. The narrator was excellent, and the story of a young woman being told through the eyes of her elderly lawyer/friend, based on their written correspondence, was fresh and original. However, I cringed frequently at the racist references to non-whites. The time period was British empire during and after WWII. That doesn't excuse the racism, but may explain it
I'm a piper and a knitter, and reading is my drug of choice.
This is one of my all-time favorites! The narrator did an exceptional job with the accents, and was very clear. I guess he could have paused a little longer between parts of conversation, just so I'd know there was a change of person, but I was able to follow it all. The characters were excellently developed, and the story is full of surprising twists.
I hadn't read Nevil Shute since high school , and cannot believe what I've been missing. "On The Beach"was required reading in my Catholic School. Perhaps if it had been this novel, I would have continued on to read the rest of Nevil Shute's novels. This was an excellent novel that illustrates the life & times of an extraordinary woman & her life experiences. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
must read, brilliant narrator, you will be better for it.
a lovely walk about indeed
You travel through a world of love heartbreak and redemption
2.5 I imagine that this novel is better suited to readers in the time when it was written. You can learn a minimal amount about English women during World War II Japan and a little about the lingo and development of the Australian outback. I am not persuaded of its accuracy. It is a slow novel with an interesting title that follows the life of one single woman. At some point it just ends.