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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming new novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful

There were dozens of us on the ship, all ages, boys and girls, and we were all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye, I thought they were waving good-bye. None of us spoke. It was a grey day with drizzle in the air, the great sad cranes bowing to the ship from the docks as we steamed past. That is all I remember of England

When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. The coming years will test him to his limits, as he endures mistreatment, neglect and forced labour in the Australian outback. But Arthur is also saved, again and again, by his love of the sea. And when he meets a nurse whose father owns a boat-building business, all the pieces of his broken life come together.

Now, at the end of his life, Arthur has built a special boat for his daughter Allie, whose love of the sea is as strong and as vital as her father's. Now Allie has a boat that will take her to England solo, across the world's roughest seas, in search of her father's long-lost sister… Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?

©2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Jinty
  • Wiltshire
  • 20-01-17

The Poor Wee Boy...

If you could sum up Alone on a Wide Wide Sea in three words, what would they be?

Enchanting... sad.. Wonderful ....

What did you like best about this story?

The last few chapters they broke my heart....

What does Emilia Fox and Tim Pigott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Couldn't get better they were fantastic...

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

No it was too good I had to make it last.

Any additional comments?

Please listen to this story it's very well written, story is powerful ,dark in places, and keeps you wanting to listen right up to the end. Worth a credit any day of the week...🌞⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Susie S
  • Cornwall, United Kingdom
  • 07-07-14

A heartwarming tale

I love Michael Morpurgo's books despite them being written for children: although following the screen and stage adaptations of War Horse, perhaps more adults appreciate his work now. This tale draws you in from Part 1 which is the life story of a young orphan boy, sent to Australia, followed by Part. II which recounts the lone sailing voyage his daughter embarks on, to fulfil a promise to her dad before he died, in the hope of finding his long lost sister Kitty. At times heartbreaking (his time at the orphanage) but also heartwarming with a feel good factor especially at the end.
A great listen for older children and adults.

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Brilliant

I went through every emotion whilst listening to this book. It is a wonderful story and one I will revisit again.

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Alone on a Wide wide sea

I've read this book so many times, and the people reading this book have such nice voices I would definitely recommended it!

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absolutely brilliant. from beginning to end.

would recommend to everyone. totally awesome story. Well read and atmospheric. felt part of it.

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Gripping

Superb story written and read so well you could visualise every part. Gripping from start to finish for the whole family.

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Tears of sadness and joy but with a happy ending

This is truly a heart wretching story, the first part it so hard to listen too as you know it really happened. But the second half turns this story into a truly happy ending. Definitely worth getting through the whole story.

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Amazing

Amazing!!!
Its such a sad story but a amazing one. I love it so much.

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Fantastic story for all the family

This story kept us enthralled during our long road trip this summer. We’re aged from 45 down to 5 years old! Just super! What a sad period in our country’s past tho.

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For children and adults

A compelling story, beautifully narrated. Written for the youth but it will be enjoyed by adults as well (I am ancient!)

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  • Jeanette Walker
  • 12-08-17

AMAZING Read!

A great true story... it sucks you in and you can't stop until it's finished.