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The story was amazing and engrossing from start to finish (well, not quite from the start; the very beginning sounded boring, with what seemed at the time to be an unneccessarily detailed narrative about an old man hiring a solicitor to write his will, and I almost switched to another book on my iPod. But I stuck it out and was quickly pulled into the story). The characters are wonderful and the plot is fascinating. It never gets slow; I found myself sitting in my car to continue listening when I'd get to work, reluctant to leave the story. I love the narration. The reader was perfect for this book. This is one of the most memorable stories I've listened to in my many years as an Audible subscriber.
46 of 46 people found this review helpful
This was my first audiobook (book-on-tape in those days); I asked Audible to provide it and was pleased to see it recently appear. Thanks, Audible!
On re-listening, it was even better than the first time. It is TERRIFIC. The story is spell-binding, somewhat historical and absolutely riveting. The narrator is simply superb. I can't imagine anyone from pre-teen age onward who would not be spellbound by the combination of narration plus superb writing plus story.
MOST highly recommended.
60 of 61 people found this review helpful
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
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
I read this when I was much younger in the 70's and I remembered the vague outline and that I loved it then. I listened to this now and it was even more meaningful with my greater knowledge of World War 2 in Malaya and Singapore and also my experience of the Australian outback .....its isolation, the difficulties, the salt of the earth people and its stark beauty. I was in Singapore while I was listening to part of this book and the heat and humidity in the high 30 deg C (when I wasn't in air-conditioning) brought home the reality of the suffering and perseverance those English women had while prisoners of war.
A beautifully written story. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
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Would you listen to A Town Like Alice again? Why?
Maybe in a few years. I did really enjoy it.
What other book might you compare A Town Like Alice to, and why?
Can't think of any at the moment
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The middle bits
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The start of the bit in the middle