Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result. After the war, Jean tracks Joe down in Australia and together they begin to dream of surmounting the past and transforming his one-horse outback town into a thriving community like Alice Springs...
©1989 The Trustees of the Estate of the Late Nevil Shute Norway
Hearing a book that you treasure is always risky but this performance is truly inspired. Hats off to a sensitive and persuasive master of audio books.
It was a loving depiction of Australia and it's country towns. I wouldn't say romantic but I certainly felt that the author has a strong affection for the positives of the place. I was very impressed with Shute's female protagonist Jean and the respect the male characters give her. For a novel published in 1950 it might have been a great deal more sexist in its depiction of women but it is not. Jean and Jo are definitely individuals to be admired and neither of them attempt to change the other. Rather, they stand out because of the care and support they have for each other.
There are many memorable moments and I don't want to spoil it for readers so I will just say that I think the depiction of the town and events from then on really kept me glued to my seat listening.
His characterisation of the different people is superb, and his Aussie accent entirely credible.
Yes very much so. In the second half I had planned to pause it to watch a program on television but completely forgot it and listened through to the end to a quietly satisfying conclusion.
I knew very little of the novel, I had only come across it as a book that I recall being told to read when I was young. I'm glad I didn't read it, I don't think I would have appreciated it then as I can now.
May hem, and sex.
I have written my review. Take yer danged automagic error messages away, and I might consider writing more next time Audible.com, shame on ye!!!
This a story about life with all its hardships and hopes and love. It is such a classic and so very well narrated the voice matches what one would expect of the character he represents in the book
Interesting and engaging.ow
How the heroine was able to maintain a positive outlook despite the many difficulties she and the others faced.
I say this only tongue in cheek, its a lovely book and a well written story. The thing I loved about it was the way the "second act" of the story revolved around the economic revitalization of a small Australian town. Great book!
I'm retired, living in Denver and quite busy.
Great story. Narrator gets an A+, a real talent. Nevil Shute's books translate into today's world very well. Highly recommended.
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