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A Town Like Alice Audiobook

A Town Like Alice

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Publisher's Summary

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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    "Cool book - for retro lit types"

    It was a nice and unexpected story - cool adventure/star crossed love story with new world twist - a little tour around British Malaya and Australia around the war time and afterward, with a bit of a 50s British voice that highlights the cool human side of what capitalism can be. And makes you feel the Australian outback. Sweet and optimistic but not boring. Enjoyable easy listen.

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    PharmGirl 09-28-16
    PharmGirl 09-28-16

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    "A magnificent adventure!"

    Sheer perfection. I didn't want it to end. I felt like the characters were family and I just want to know more about their lives. I thought the setting would be too strange, but pretty soon, I felt like I had been there. The narration is superb. This is one of those comfortable books that soon becomes a best friend ..,.

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    Jennylyn Sterling Fairfield, CA United States 09-22-16
    Jennylyn Sterling Fairfield, CA United States 09-22-16 Member Since 2012

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    Full of every thing that makes a very wonderful tale. This is a special little gem.

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    Living the Life 09-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good Break From More Serious Books"

    I enjoyed the slice of life I encountered in this tale of love. Jean, the lead character was a woman of strength, common sense and resolve.

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    S. Maughan 09-06-16
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    "Outstanding reading of a wonderful classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Town Like Alice to be better than the print version?

    Having enjoyed reading the book twice as a young adult, following the 1981 release of the mini-series, I was almost halfway through a third reading when I saw the audio book on sale and decided to purchase it and listen to the last half of the story. While the book is wonderful, I feel the audio edition was even better. The narration was so smooth and appropriate for the story, and I felt completely immersed in the events of the book.


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

    Having listened to about 30 audiobooks so far this year, I'd put Robin Bailey at or near the top of my list of favorite narrators. His ability to portray each character with a unique voice is superb! He read the story as I believe the author intended it to be read, with perfect hesitations and emphasis in just the right places. I truly felt drawn into the story -- more so than when I just read the book -- and was disappointed when the audiobook ended. I'll definitely be looking for more books narrated by him.


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    Jessie-messie-bo-bessie Northampton, MA United States 09-02-16
    Jessie-messie-bo-bessie Northampton, MA United States 09-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Lovely story, but . . . ."

    I enjoyed this story very much. The narrator was excellent, and the story of a young woman being told through the eyes of her elderly lawyer/friend, based on their written correspondence, was fresh and original. However, I cringed frequently at the racist references to non-whites. The time period was British empire during and after WWII. That doesn't excuse the racism, but may explain it

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    R 09-01-16
    R 09-01-16

    I'm a piper and a knitter, and reading is my drug of choice.

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    "Comfort Read"

    This is one of my all-time favorites! The narrator did an exceptional job with the accents, and was very clear. I guess he could have paused a little longer between parts of conversation, just so I'd know there was a change of person, but I was able to follow it all. The characters were excellently developed, and the story is full of surprising twists.

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    M W U. S. A. 08-15-16
    M W U. S. A. 08-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Putting It Back Together After WWII"

    An excellent prose fiction romance about two people who meet briefly during the war in SE Asia and seek each other after the war.

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    kw 08-13-16
    kw 08-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect"

    Loved this and will listen again and again. Seemed so real. Loved every character. One of the best narrators.

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    IHeartShoes 06-28-16
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    "starts amazing ends just ok"

    the beginning is great but then it slowed to a snail's pace and I got bored

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