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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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    Leslie Parker South Burlington, Vermont, US 10-12-17
    Leslie Parker South Burlington, Vermont, US 10-12-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Awesome read, great story. Thoroughly enjoyed it."

    Great read by an awesome narrator, well paced and with good emotion. Would like more books read by him.

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    Amazon Customer Woodville, VA United States 09-20-17
    Amazon Customer Woodville, VA United States 09-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful love Story! "

    A timeless love story set during the 2nd WW and after, spanning 2 continents... Narrated flawlessly!

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    Richard 07-06-17
    Richard 07-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent"

    a fascinating listen in the car whilst on a road trip from Alice to Darwin. Deeply moving snd a window into post war outback Australia with regerences to aboriginals considered as everday vocabulary in endearing terms now considered racist. how mucg has chaged yet vakues then seemed so much more community oriented. very thought provoking book.

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    regular person 06-24-17
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    "Worthy, Trusting Characters. Worthwhile Book."

    Makes one a better person, reading a book like this. This book is life the way we wanted it to be. "Forty years too late." Poignant!

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    Cricket 06-22-17
    Cricket 06-22-17
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    "A Delightful Listen"

    Wonderful story and an excellent reader. There is something extra special in it if you are familiar with Australia's outback, horses, and the like.

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    Daniel Semel 06-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoy it over & over."

    Love this book and story. Have listened to it several times. Now I listen while doing other things - gardening, sewing, walking, waiting in lines, falling asleep at night.

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    Amazon Customer 05-20-17
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    "Loved it!"

    I remember watching the Masterpiece Theater version of this book over 35 years ago and loving it then. I just finished the audible recording of the book and loved it, too.

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    v.vick 05-04-17
    v.vick 05-04-17
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    "Repetitive!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot would have helped!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure yet....


    Did Robin Bailey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I guess...I prefer a straight read, not acting.


    What character would you cut from A Town Like Alice?

    The radio operator who says the same thing over, and over, and over again.


    Any additional comments?

    This was like listening to an elderly uncle ramble about his past....boring and very repetitive. Could not wait for it to be over (I don't like to not finish a book I start....but this came close to being one!).

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    Kindle Customer 04-23-17 Member Since 2016
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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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  • joan wright
    Glasgow
    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.

    8 of 8 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.

    4 of 4 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

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seonaid
    Mytholmroyd, United Kingdom
    7/11/15
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    "A long time favourite story brilliantly told"
    What made the experience of listening to A Town Like Alice the most enjoyable?

    Like many reviewers here I first read A Town Like Alice as a teenager and have loved it, and reread it many times since (I am now retired). It is a wonderful story of overcoming adversity, love, adventure and entrepreneurialism. Here it is quite superbly performed by Robin Bailey who manages all the varied accents quite brilliantly and totally draws you into the story. Of all my 200+ Audible titles, many of which are very well performed, this is one of my highest rated for performance - I have listened to it several times and love it every times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything really but I think Jean's descriptions of her war experiences are done incredibly well and are very moving, especially knowing that these are based on real life events.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Bailey – was your favourite?

    Couldn't name a favourite - he seems to do everyone brilliantly from Scots to Australians, male and female. His upper class English drawls are especially convincing and he manages to make every one sound slightly different. He is utterly convincing as the narrator Noel Strachan (pronounced Strawn), an elderly London solicitor.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    War is hell - but sometimes miracles happen! (If you loved this book do NOT watch the film of the same name starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch and which bears little relation to the actual story written by Nevil Shute)


    Any additional comments?

    As many other reviewers have commented it is very dated in many of its attitudes but these reflect the time in which it was written and should not detract from the enjoyment of the book. Had we lived through those times we would almost certainly have held the same views.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    4/4/16
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    "Thoroughly recommend"
    Would you listen to A Town Like Alice again? Why?

    A sensitively written book of courage longing romance and the human spirit. Very fine narration. One of the best audio books I have bought


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MISS ANNA JENKINS
    1/24/16
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    "Excellent story!"

    A really good story ... Not what I was expecting from the first few chapters, a really interesting tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Polly L Macpherson
    8/26/15
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    "Loved the historical language"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


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

    No, I needed time to think about it all


    Any additional comments?

    It was on a list of 'books you should read' so I downloaded it and really loved the walk though time.

    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

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