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A Town Like Alice | [Nevil Shute]

A Town Like Alice

Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.
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Publisher's Summary

Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

©1989 The Trustees of the Estate of the Late Nevil Shute Norway; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    C. Oneal California 05-17-14
    C. Oneal California 05-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Fantastic Story"

    Amazing writing and narration. I quickly went out and found another book. I git stuck on the beginning and understanding the past and the now. You don't need to focus that hard, it will be reexplained (briefly). A great story.

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    Ken Mitchell Edina, MO USA 05-13-14
    Ken Mitchell Edina, MO USA 05-13-14 Member Since 2006

    sabbath999

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    "Like a fine wine, this story ages well"

    A Town Like Alice is as much a snapshot in time as it is anything. It's written in a style of the period, by one of the great authors of his day.

    It's a narrative of WWII and the post-war period during the end of the great British empire.

    Listen to the preview, if you like the preview spend the credit. If you don't, well then you probably won't like the book.

    I did, Nevil Shute is one of my favorite authors. Excellent narrator as well.

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    Jean Oneida,, IL, United States 05-10-14
    Jean Oneida,, IL, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story and well told."

    This was an enchanting story. I had trouble putting it aside at times. The narration was beautifully done, and all characters were aptly portrayed.

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    Elaine Portola Valley, Ca, United States 05-10-14
    Elaine Portola Valley, Ca, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2011

    I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.

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    "A "Norman Rockwell" like book"

    If Norman Rockwell was an author his books for read like this one. The story and narration of this book gave me the same feeling I have when looking at a Norman Rockwell painting. Full of very pleasant emotion and totally engrossing. My eyes do not want to leave a Norman Rockwell painting and I did not want to stop listening to this book.

    The story starts in England in the thirties with an "Esquire" who is requested to meet a reclusive man who is content with his life. The Esquire draws a will and trust for him. When the man dies, many years later, the Esquire must then find the beneficiaries. After doing so, the story takes you to Malaysia during WWII and the Japanese occupation. After the war and in the 50s, it goes to the "Outback Country" of Australia, an the life of "Ringers". I learned about life at that period of history in a different part of the world. All the individuals are interesting and truly pleasant. With one not so pleasant individual. The book was just the right length. I felt very satisfied when it finished. Like eating good meal without over eating.

    It is an easy book with excellent narration. The narrations is so good I much rather listen to, than read, this book. It will stay with me a long time, As Rockwell's painting do.

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    David Toronto, ON, Canada 05-10-14
    David Toronto, ON, Canada 05-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A true classic"

    Nevil Shute Norway wrote several tales of the Australian outback. This is one of the most inspired, and like many of his works leaves the reader with a little tweak. Very highly recommended.

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    Meredith Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States 05-09-14
    Meredith Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a retired English teacher who enjoys reading and absolutely loves listening to books. It has changed my world.

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    I bought this book because it was a Deal of the Day which had good reviews. And I'm glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I liked the narrator, Robin Bailey, very much and will listen to more books by him.The story is so well told that it flows from chapter to chapter without a hitch--something that many books fail to do. The story line is mesmerizing--the horror of war with its inevitable atrocities hit at your very soul. From the time Jean is caught by the circumstance of war, she steps up and makes the most of the situation for the sake of herself and others. The war years are spent walking from town to town because no one wants the responsibility for the women POWs. Women and children die almost daily. As their leader, she finds a place where they might stay and bargains for their lives. Back in London two years after the war, she is left a legacy which changes her life, not simply because she has money to live on, but because she has resources to make life better for the people who helped her during wartime. And having gone to Australia to find a man who befriended and helped the women, she makes her home there. She decides to create a better town there as well. This takes vision and guts, but she's up to the task with the help of her lawyer and her lover. This story is full of romance in every way--the kind of romance we all crave, I think. Now which Nevil Shute book is next.

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    A User Danville, IN, United States 05-08-14
    A User Danville, IN, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story with fantastic narration"

    I loved everything about this book! I am coming late to Nevil Shute's works, but I started with a great one. The story is rich and Robin Bailey does a masterful job with all of the accents. What an absolute treat. I hope the other works by Shute are as well done!

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    Peter Kovach 05-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love, love, love"
    Would you listen to A Town Like Alice again? Why?

    You get so wrapped up in the story because you care so much about what's going to happen to the characters. You can almost feel yourself there with them, in that time, it's written that well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Town Like Alice?

    There's one memorable moment that really stands out for me but I don't want to ruin it for others! I went back reader reviews when i chose this book, I really didn't read the detail of what the book was about. I had no expectations and was open to a totally different story that what I would normally read. I got what I expected and so much more. Such a beautiful story and so well read.


    What about Robin Bailey’s performance did you like?

    He doesn't an excellent job of making you feel the characters. I can imagine their mannerisms, personalities, etc. through his reading of them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, but again I can't share it. Don't want to ruin that moment for others.


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    Cary Napa, California, United States 05-03-14
    Cary Napa, California, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2006

    Road Warrior

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    "Great find"

    Being on special, I grabbed it. What a grab it was too. A very engaging story extremely well told that flags slightly though in Part 2, the Australian phase. What is most remarkable though is the telling. Simply superlative with the late Bailey's crisply deliberate and understated rendering of the English narrator and the his astonishing ability to flip back and forth into credible Japanese and Australian accents - leaving one to wonder just how many people were actually in the recording studio!

    A "Bonzer" and touching event ll around "if you don't mind"!

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-02-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-02-14 Member Since 2009

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Fascinating Story of Survival, Strength & Purpose"

    This book was written in 1950, five years before I was born, and it's absolutely amazing. The narration is so good. The story begins in 1935 when Douglas McFadden contacts his solicitor (lawyer) to redraft his will. His solicitor, Noel Strachan, whose law office is in London goes to visit Mr. McFadden in Ayr, Scotland to redraft the will according to his wishes. Time passes, WWII begins, and Douglas McFadden dies. Noel Strachan is charged with finding his heir. The story that unfolds over the years following, in the countries of Great Britain, Malaya, and Australia is heartbreaking, courageous, and triumphant. I can't believe I had never heard of this book before. I am so glad I found it!

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