Absolutely loved this book. So may years after the fact I found that it was still written with sensitivity and finesse. Lovely! And the narration was perfect.
The 3 main characters were all favorites.
This was my first Neil Hunt and definitely will not be my last.
This is a wonderful book! I love that it describes and interesting part of history that I had never heard about. The narrator does a good job of differentiating the characters and bringing them to life. The characters are great. They are fully fleshed out and interesting, and I really cared about what happened to them, which to me is the mark of a good book.
Nevil Shute wrote this book based on a real situation that occurred during WW2 when the Japanese treated their prisoners of war, especially the women, despicably. They forced the women to walk from location to location with no support or supplies, counting on their dying of the ordeal, eliminating the "problem" for the Japanese.
Nevil Shute winds a complicated and emotional story around this event. What I especially enjoy in Shute's books is the vast pot of knowledge he obviously draws on to include interesting and little-known facts into his narrative. In this book, for example, he talks about a Japanese custom of allowing a dying prisoner to make one dying wish. If the wish cannot be fulfilled, as is the case in the book, the prisoner must be rescued and restored to health, if possible. (I hope this custom is true, but perhaps Shute made it up. If anybody knows for sure, one way or another, I'd love to hear.)
I plan to slowly make my way through all of Shute's books.
Fairly good book. Got a little boring at times but overall, not bad.
I read another book by Nevil Shute. While researching the author, I read many recommendations for this book. I can see why. An epic novel revolving around two amazing people that met though divine providence.
My friend told me what a great story this is. I first hesitated wondering if it was another war story. But that is only a small portion of the story. The young woman, Jean, lives through such an ordeal as a prisoner, but this shapes her for the next part of her life. This was such a great surprise!It is a mix of adventure, love and determination that culminates in New Zealand. The action is well paced and you want to find out how it ends. I would definitely add this to your listening list.
It was great to be taken back in time to the 1940s and to share in the characters' journeys, both the trials and the triumphs.
I enjoyed rooting for the strong female protagonist. Her attorney was a wonderful character too.
It's too tough to choose. I liked the persistence that Jean showed through her time as a prisoner of war, and that's way more than one scene.
I prefer to break it up. I listen while doing my workout.
This book is more than just a great story. It's great literature. It's my first listen to this author. I'm hesitant to choose another of his books because I liked this one so much.
The story is based loosely (or inspired by) some actual events. It's interesting to read a bit about that inspiration after you've read the book. You can find some brief information on wikipeadia.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
I have heard of the death march of WW2 and was expecting a story like that with women and children. The very first part of the book has that and I was very into it, when the story changes. This woman survives the struggles of the war to become a successful woman in Australia. Most of the book is about the woman living in Australia, not about the 1,200 mile walk. I was most disappointed.