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...
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Indeed, both story and performance are extraordinary. Nevil Shute has given his characters an authenticity one seldom finds. I will be reading his other books. Robin Bailey is exceptionally good actor and reader.
This is such a great story. Robin Bailey is a master. I haven't enjoyed a book this much
in a while.
I just love this book, and the narration.
A sweet story of ordinary people of simply good character overcoming war, distance, adverse circumstances. You have to read it. Gives you hope I think.
Anyone whose been to Australia would really like this. Some of the terms I had to think about be for grasping what it was. Reader was very English and did an excellent job.
Loved re-listening to this book...read approx. 10 years ago. your narrator was very good...able to capture each character separately. A great companion to my knitting. However, finished in one sitting. May not be able to afford my passion at this rate. 😬
Nevil Shute can spin a tale like nobody. This story kept me entertained from start to end. I really liked the characters in this book.
When we find out that Joe Harman survived his brutal beating.
His role as the narrator added to the overall enjoyment of this book. He not only tells the story, he is part of the story.
There are many moving moments in this book. From the long march through Malaya to the time when Joe and Jean first reunite in Australia, to Noel's visit at the end of the book, there are too many to single out just one.
I recently discovered Nevil Shute's books, and I'm glad I did. This book was just a great pleasure to listen to.
No, I don't listen or read stories twice.
All of the characters were well developed, likable and interesting.
Joe Harman, the Australian rancher.
Jean Paget the heroine who sets out to find a answers and love.
The story had everything, history, adventure, romance, suspense. The plots were believable except for the one where they search for each other and they were "ships that passed in the night".
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