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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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    "A Town like Alice"

    Perfect. A believable heroine. A true hero. Courage of the human spirit in war and peace.

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    Jean the Urban Walker 02-09-17 Member Since 2017

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    "A life well spent. A future well invisioned."

    Absolutely amazing story and narration that makes you regret when you cant continue listening. Hard not to respect, admire and fall in love with a person who does everything for the security and safety of everyone else. She's the friend you wish you had, the neighbor you dream of and the person you wish you had the courage to be. Narration is divine... sitting, listening to an old friend musing about the life he had something to do with but could only live vicariously through the young woman he wished had been his were the situation different.

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    "A favorite book"

    This is a favorite book so I'm familiar with the story. Robin Bailey was a wonderful narrator.

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    Holly Napa, CA USA 12-26-16
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    "As good as everyone says it is."

    What a great book. A beautiful, unique story. Well written and a fantastic narrator who brings the whole thing to life. Do yourself a favor and try this one. You won't regret it.

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    "An old favourite"

    I've read this many times and listened to it before but this time I really concentrated and it suited my mood/time and I was riveted. Maybe it was a bit of nostalgia for Australia now that I am not there or maybe it was an appreciation for a real feminist, a strong woman who didn't need her safe spaces, her employment quota or whatever, Jean is a woman who plays the cards she is dealt and makes the most of what life throws at her. This is an inspirational story for young women although they would think it naff and it is a glorious love story into the bargain. I cried, even though I knew what was coming. The narrator brought the powerful words to life Oh my Word!

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    "Great story!"

    IL truly enjoyed this entire book . The characters are warm and memorable. The narrators voice perfectly reflects the era of story. I knew nothing about this book a bought it because it was on sale. it will go down as one of my best purchases

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    jo 11-14-16
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    "Wonderful"

    I had seen the PBS series and loved it. That they followed the book was amazing, and the narrator brought all the characters to life. Loved it.

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    "Charming"

    I loved everything about it and the narrated made it all especially wonderful. The book is so sweet everyone should read to feel happy and good.👏

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    Anna 10-19-16
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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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