The Far Country

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4 out of 5 stars
By A on 07-24-13

Oldie but goodie...

I have to admit that as far as popular fiction goes, I prefer stuff that was written in the middle of the 20th century--like Nevil Shute, Graham Greene, Dick Francis--and so I found this story written by Nevil Shute in the early 1950s about life in Australia and post war England to be a most enjoyable read. The plot is simple and it beats 'historical fiction' because it wasn't trying to recreate anything. If you are looking for an action-packed adventure with lots of dialogue and very little description, you have come to the wrong place.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By BikeMeister on 02-11-13

Great Story!

A really great novel about Britain and Australia after the Second World War. Lots of insight into the economic situations of both countries and the opportunity many Brits saw at the time in Australia. Great characters, very intelligently written and always good natured.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dianne on 06-30-14

Beautiful story

Julie Maisey is an amazing narrator, bringing all the characters, whether English, Australian, or Czech to life vividly. The story is lovely with colorful depictions of post-war Australian lifestyle attempting to adapt to the influx of Europe's displaced persons. Interesting and touching..

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By L on 08-04-15

Let's all move to Australia!

After "A Town Like Alice" and "Trustee from the Toolroom", I had great hopes for this book. However they were not realized. The story is thinner, yes, but Shute's gung-ho chauvinism toward Australia truly trips up the story. Surely not *everything* in England is hopeless and *only* Australia offers hope and opportunity? However, that is how this story is written -- and it's not even subtle. He keeps knocking you over the head with it; everything from cars to kitchen appliances is better down under. (And I really like Australia!) If you can get past this element the story is decent, mild and unsurprising, and has at its core two likable characters.

It should be noted that the narrator is much better than one would think from the sample clip. She handles male voices well and does a very good job with the Czech doctor. She actually improved my perception of the story; had I been reading as text it I probably wouldn't have finished it.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-30-14

Just a perfectly lovely novel

Would you consider the audio edition of The Far Country to be better than the print version?

Never read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

All of it. I loved the descriptions of the country, the relationships between the natives and the newbies. My wife and I moved from Boston to a small town in the center of Montana and know exactly how the characters interacted. It was very sweet.

What about Julie Maisey’s performance did you like?

She did a great job with the male voices. She was not in the least bit distracting. Just a great job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme reaction? Oh, no. It was just a delicious listen and both Sonia and I wished it could have gone on even longer.

Any additional comments?

Can't go wrong with any of Mr. Shute's books or any book narrated by Ms Maisey

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By RCMSLC on 04-22-18

Story & Narrator superb

I would like Julie Maisey to narrate all Shute's novels. She does all the accents- British (Yorkshire and others), Australian, Czech and American- well. And her voices for males and females are all believable. You're never taken out of the story by thinking of the narrator. It wasn't until I listened to another Shute novel that I appreciated her fully. I looked for other books she's narrated but they all seem to be written for a female market. Audible- please use her talents more broadly! This is the first review I've written, inspired by a desire to hear her narrate more of the types of books I like.

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