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A Town Like Alice Audiobook
A Town Like Alice
Written by: 
Nevil Shute
Narrated by: 
Neil Hunt
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A Town Like Alice Audiobook

A Town Like Alice

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Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

©1950 William Morrow & Co, Inc. (P)1990 Recorded Books

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    Shopping Granny 09-29-15

    Shoppin' Grandma

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    "Good story"

    I didn't know the history of women prisoners of war in Malaysia. I think the author was able to allow me to experience a sense of the arduous trek and of the native people and the Japanese prison guards. The main character impressed me with her refusal to sit by and accept problems .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Toronto, ON, Canada 10-10-15
    Karen Toronto, ON, Canada 10-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Dated but nice"

    I really loved the first half of the story. The second half it was hard not to wince on all the political incorrectness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lise Bethesda, MD, USA 09-17-15
    Lise Bethesda, MD, USA 09-17-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved this book"

    It is like two stories in one - both very moving. I was truly sorry that it ended!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    a readernlistener MI USA 09-02-15
    a readernlistener MI USA 09-02-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Wonderful"

    Superb narration ... Learned some history I knew nothing about ... Thoroughly enjoyed it and I learned about life in the Australian outback post WW II.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy L. Flippen 08-24-15
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    "4 stars"

    an all time favorite and an all time classic- great story - Neal Hunt is incredible!

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    Chrysanthemum Wayland, MA United States 07-17-15
    Chrysanthemum Wayland, MA United States 07-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "1950s style tale"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Neil Hunt reads the story well, manages the accents perfectly, and makes the characters come alive. But although the book gives insight into the plight of Malaysia in WWII, and into the challenges of developing post-war Australia, in the end it felt like a Maeve Binchy tale melded with one of the tamer Harlequin romances.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The main female character was such a paragon of plucky virtue that it was hard to take her seriously. The male leading character was humorous, kind, gentle, brave, and manly, without flaw. The narrating character was perhaps a bit stuffy, but honest, honorable, and grandfatherly. I would have loved just a bit of realism thrown in. One example: the plucky heroine, who has ridden a gentle horse six whole times, takes on a rescue ride of 40 miles, walk/trot, through the trackless Australian bush, with only a plucky servant by her side, Yes, she is blistered and sore afterwards, but really.


    Was A Town Like Alice worth the listening time?

    Well, I listened during my barn chores, so it was better than not listening.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda E Roberts 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good start - stupid end"

    It was mostly a good story until it got ridiculous. The first part of the book was great. Somewhere after the puritanical love scene - where this woman was revealed to be so pure that she believed showing her breasts to a man (oh my word) was more horrifying than war atrocities - I lost interest. The dialogue got very tiresome and the plot was pure nonsense. He should have stopped writing much sooner

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy J 01-13-15
    Kathy J 01-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating story"

    This was my first book by Nevil Shute but it won't be my last.

    I especially liked the narrative being written from the elderly solicitor's perspective. Although in the last few chapters you could tell where the story was going, you wouldn't know how it got there until you finished.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 04-07-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 04-07-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Survival"

    A young woman, during WWII, in Japanese occupied Malaya, led a group of women and children, who traveled 1200 miles before finding a place where they would live and work until the end of WWII.

    There were 800 women and children when the long and arduous journey began. When they found a place to settle, only 30 of them survived.

    While working in a Japanese rice paddy, two men passed by who were also prisoners of war in Malaya. They worked as mechanics and fixed anything on four wheels. The woman was quite interested in the gentleman and during one of their infrequent discussions was told that he lived in Alice, Australia. She informed him that she would be returning to England when the war was over.

    The man and woman became great friends. However, the woman was always seen carrying a baby on her hip. The man understood this to mean that she was married.

    The men passed through often and the Australian would bring things such as coffee, sugar and other commodities that were extremely in short supply because of the war. He over stepped his stealing one too many times and had to pay an extraordinary price.

    The narrator was great and made the book a great listen. The novel had no guns, soldiers fighting and killing. Instead, it explained how two people met and their journey through life.There were no complaints about the concentration camp that the man lived in. However, the Japanese had no place for the women and children to be properly housed and they were left to travel mile after mile on foot, attempting to find food, water and a place to rest and sleep for a short time before continuing on their journey to find a camp in the wind for women and children.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MLH Illinois 06-21-16
    MLH Illinois 06-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A story for everyone"

    I had read Nevil Schute's On the Beach and liked it but this book is superior. The narrator is an elderly solicitor who has business with the main character, a courageous, imaginative, determined woman who puts to shame the stereotype of 1940s/1950s women. The book is promoted as a love story-and I'm not big on love stories-but that description is a disservice. It is a story of courage and perseverance ----and love. Narrator is outstanding with all the characters. PBS did a mini series of the book in the 1980s and I hope I can find it.

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