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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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    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 05-01-14
    Susan QUEMADO, NM, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful!!! Classic!"

    I purchased this book as a Daily deal and I have now discovered a new novelist I love. Had never heard of Shute before, but this book was so very enjoyable. The characters and story gripped me and it flowed along so very well. Very poignant. I agree with a previous reviewer who describes this as a gentle book. Shute handles even difficult issues with a gentle finesse that I appreciate.
    Robin Bailey was absolutely superb as the narrator!!! Marvelous voice and performance.
    I highly recommend this book.

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    Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States 04-30-14
    Sandra JULESBURG, CO, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2003

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Good Story All the Way Through!"

    I'd forgotten about Nevil Shute and was delighted to be reminded by this book. A story of travail and love that proceeds from Malaysia to England to Australia, spanning the years from World War II to its aftermath, this book is well written, intriguing, and will hold your interest all the way through.

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    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 04-28-14
    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Town Like Alice the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narrator his characters were clearly defined and his aussie accent is very entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A good story about good people doing good things, the story unfolded beautifully


    Have you listened to any of Robin Bailey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I don't think I have


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yup


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy South Beloit, IL, United States 04-25-14
    Nancy South Beloit, IL, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2008
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    "WOW"

    This is my first Nevil Shute book. I bought it because it was on special. I am so glad I did. What a great story and the narrator was wonderful. I didn't want the story to end. I was hoping there was a second book to follow the story. I will definitely listen to this book over and over again. I consider myself to now being a Nevil Shute fan!

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    Lorrie H NC USA 04-25-14
    Lorrie H NC USA 04-25-14
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    "Wonderful discovery!"

    Huge thank you to Audible to for bringing this novel to my attention. Like many of my generation, I read On The Beach in high school in the early 60's and was very familiar with the name "Nevil Shute" but was unaware of the other novels he wrote. I check the Daily Deals everyday and what a prize I picked with this one. Based on enjoyment, it is the best value I have ever received from Audible. Robin Bailey's narration was perfect for me. From the first word, I was hooked. It was as if we were old friends, and he was telling this story just to me. Enjoyed every second and hated to see it end. One of the few books that I will definitely listen to again.

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    Caryll Elliott San Ramon, California United States 04-24-14
    Caryll Elliott San Ramon, California United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    Where does A Town Like Alice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks in the top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean, because of her kindness to others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they reunited.


    If you could take any character from A Town Like Alice out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Her attorney. He's such a kindly, lovable old gentleman.


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    Rebekah Mesa, AZ, United States 08-27-12
    Rebekah Mesa, AZ, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this story and it's reader"
    What about Robin Bailey’s performance did you like?

    I really liked having a male narrator, since the book is told from that perspective. Many times as I listened I thought, "He is so right for this character and the story."


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 01-31-12
    Melanie Las vegas, NV, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Unexpected Delight"

    A friend gave me A Town Like Alice with a strong recommendation to read it. I began to listen after finishing The Help and at first I struggled with the accent of Mr. Bailey, but I was instantly drawn into the story.

    I loved learning about both a time and place that I knew so little of. I loved the heroine of the story, Jean. The first part of the book which takes place mainly during the war in Malaya is told in such a matter of fact manner that it contributes to the sense of hardship and the ways in which humanity can shine through. I loved the elements of philanthropy in the book -- and the way that Jean created strong bonds with the people in her life. I was a total fan of the romance between Jean and Joe, and even felt the tenderness between she and the solicitor.

    I didn't want this book to end -- and am so excited to read more of Mr. Shute's work. Great book!

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    motown Bangor, Maine 12-27-11
    motown Bangor, Maine 12-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Unbelievable!"

    I bought this book based on reviews and wasn't exactly sure what to expect. It was absolutely wonderful. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to find more books that Nevile Shute has written. If you are wondering if you should get this book, I would not hesitate to download this book immediately!

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    S. KTthompson Canada 12-21-11
    S. KTthompson Canada 12-21-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Kept my interest right to the end"
    If you could sum up A Town Like Alice in three words, what would they be?

    An excellent story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jean Padget - she was a strong woman


    Have you listened to any of Robin Bailey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could take any character from A Town Like Alice out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jo Harmon - would like to hear about life in the outback


    Any additional comments?

    Am going to listen to more of Nevil Shute

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  • Colin
    CumbernauldUnited Kingdom
    3/31/09
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    "A Great Book Well Read"

    Despite this audiobook being produced decades ago Robin Bailey reads it so well that it is timeless. I can't wait to hear more of Nevil Shute titles.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Bratton, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    7/10/09
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    "Revisiting my past"

    Great. I am listening to books that I read years ago and which left an impression on me. The story is one of great hardship and positivity. It is a well read story. I was hoping to find "On the Beach" by the same author (Nevil Shute), but alas. Cheers

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Fiction Groupie
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "One of my favourite books - wonderful story"

    A favourite for years, lovely to see this one in the Audible library - an instant addition to the Wish List. Yes its very 'old fashioned', and 'terribly British' - emotions held in check. The story stands the test of time, and I hope it gets many new listeners.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tru.gough
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "amazing"

    My mother informed me this was a must read and I could not find it in any book shop i could not find it in the library and was thrilled and amazed that it was here. The story is brilliant the narrator does huge justice to the story, i agree a must listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    FAREHAM, United Kingdom
    4/23/12
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    "Fabulous"

    I've never read any Nevil Shute before and I thoroughly enjoyed this. A terrifically engaging story superbly brought to life by the narrator. The only slight niggle is that you do need to be prepared to accept the borderline racism as being 'of its time'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rupert
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    4/16/11
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    "A Nevil Shute Classic"

    A classic in storytelling and if not read at a young age then this audio version is a must

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • hfffoman
    Kent
    8/28/14
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    "Heartwarming but corny"
    Any additional comments?

    I got this because I had read The Pied Piper, another wartime novel of his many years ago, and enjoyed it. I had also heard that A Town Like Alice was more highly regarded. This one is set partly in Malaysia (Malaya as it was then) during the war, partly in London and partly in western Australia where life was extremely primitive in those days.

    It is an entertaining and moving yarn. The first half is an interesting war story and I like the positive spirit the second half gives to Australia. The land is bursting with opportunity and the people are tough, hard working, honest and full of heart, without exception. It could be an icon to Australian culture in the way that Huckleberry Finn is to American. Except that Huckleberry Finn is a masterpiece while A Town Like Alice is corny writing, bordering on trashy. The final third, the part in Australia, is honestly like reading Enid Blyton. (Err, I don't mean to belittle Enid Blyton, she was a great writer for the under tens). It feels like it was dashed off at the typewriter in an afternoon. The author seems to have learned that Australians say "bonzer" and "oh my word" which he inserts into their speech with such frequency it was like a terrible joke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Richmond, United Kingdom
    1/26/13
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    "A great listen"

    Yes, a little dated but but really brings alive the period, which is a slightly unfashionable one now. Also, I've always found the two parts of the story strangely disconnected. I think they could have made two books. However, it is a riveting story and very well read.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julian
    Woking, United Kingdom
    11/24/12
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    "Enjoyable story very well read"

    I read A Town Like Alice as a teenager and it was enjoyable to listen to the story again. In some ways Shute's tale is a little dated but in others he is remarkably up to date, for instance, his attitude to women being entrepreneurial. Robin Bailey reads the story remarkably well. The accents seemed just right and varied remarkably between the characters. Definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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