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A Town Like Alice Audiobook

A Town Like Alice

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.
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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

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    Gregory 06-28-15
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    "An extraordinary story"

    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.

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    Jason 06-26-15
    Jason 06-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Just a Great Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Town Like Alice to be better than the print version?

    This is such a great story. Robin Bailey is a master. I haven't enjoyed a book this much
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    Dr. S. Denise Keene 06-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A perfect book. My second listen."

    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.

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    "Great story!"

    I didn't know where this story was going at first, but I stayed captivated. Enjoyed the story very much.

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    Sharon Shelby, Michigan, United States 06-02-15
    Sharon Shelby, Michigan, United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Good read!"

    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.

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    ressa 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED LISTENING TO THIS BOOK!"

    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. 😬

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    "A bonza book!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Town Like Alice the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    When we find out that Joe Harman survived his brutal beating.


    What does Robin Bailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I recently discovered Nevil Shute's books, and I'm glad I did. This book was just a great pleasure to listen to.

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    B Kiesman 05-16-15
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    "Another great book by Nevil Shute"

    Nevil Shute may not be the best-known authour but his books are always highly entertaining.

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    JanChris 05-12-15
    JanChris 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to A Town Like Alice again? Why?

    No, I don't listen or read stories twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were well developed, likable and interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Bailey – was your favorite?

    Joe Harman, the Australian rancher.


    Who was the most memorable character of A Town Like Alice and why?

    Jean Paget the heroine who sets out to find a answers and love.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Shopper VA 04-18-15
    Shopper VA 04-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Town like Alice"

    I loved this book lovely story kept me wanting to listen more reader did an excellent job would definitely recommend this book.

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