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
I have finished listening to A Town Like Alice for the second time in less than one year. It takes a few minutes to get used to the British and Australian accent but the new words are explained very well. I will probably listen to it again next Spring Break.
I love Nevil Shutes work, and this is my favorite of his. I heard this story years ago in England and wanted to hear it told again, as before, by the wonderful Robin Bailey. Without doubt, in all my years of listening to audiobooks, I think that Robin's voice is the most outstanding and easy to listen to. This story is well rounded and I like the way it flows. Some old fashioned derogatory terms used in bygone days to describe aboriginal Australians are, to us today, a little hard to hear but are very much indicative of the day and part of that world. I would recommend this story of bravery and love in WW2 and the years following to anyone. Anything narrated by Robin Bailey, whom I would occasionally see in South West London in the 1970s, is worth listening to. Great stories have been, for me, spoiled because of the narrator. You get the very best of both worlds with this production.
I say a bit dated because some of the "racial" comments. They are very out of place today, and quite a bit unsettling in places. But if you can put the story in time context, and see past the few derogatory comments, this story is a great light weight romance that's written with insight and historical and geographical detail.
Wonderful stories in wonderful places about real characters with depth. Malaya, wwii England, Australia.
Top notch narration, accents and character voices. There's a doctor at the end who will have you smiling uncontrollably.
Oh my word. What a bonza book.
This lovely page turner covers colorful, dramatic and heart warming chain of stories through an inspiring generation. While set in post WWII, it remains inspiring and charming to this day.
I am a reader who is both easily bored and actually avoids challenging prose - so this good read, while clearly well written, flows engagingly and grabs the heart and imagination of a good love story / adventure.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
I haven't written a review of this book and I don't know why. I listened to it over a year ago and I still find myself thinking about it. I've recommended it dozens of times. Here's all you need to know: push through the beginning. It's slow to come around, but once it does, you'll be so glad you stayed with it. It's a beautifully written, beautifully narrated story that drew me in slowly but once I was within the spell, it occupied me completely. One of the few books I'd listen to again.
I absolutely loved this book. Didn't know what to expect when I bought it but other ratings were so positive. I have around 40 titles in my library now and this is still among my top 5 of favorites.
I can't compare it to another book. It's just all around a fantastic story.
I thought the performance was terrific with this book.
A must read...
I don't feel competent enough to dissect a novel. My attention during school was usually focused on girls, sports and trying to figure out my place in my world and paying attention in class wasn't on that list. But I do know a pleasant story when I hear one. A story that keeps me interested enough to remember to put it back on when my busy schedule allows. This story was just the right amount of life for me. I think most of us good use just a simple good story and I highly recommend it. Cheers!
I thought this was a great novel. I loved the lead character, Jean Paget. She had such determination and showed such leadership. It is amazing to learn that a similar march of homeless women prisoners and their deaths really happened in Sumatra during World War II. Very fascinating!
I highly recommend this novel by Nevil Shute.
Alice is a beautifully written story about a young English woman who survives the horrors of war and goes on the build a life in Australia with a man who was willing to give up his life to help her survive the atrocities which befell them. Great plot with surprising turns and humor. More than it is a story of determination and survival.
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