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Prisoners of War

Australians Under Nippon
Narrated by: Tim Bowden
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: History, Military
4.8 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This documentary series, first presented in 1985 by acclaimed producer and presenter Tim Bowden, is a harrowing account of the ordeals faced by Australian POWs in Japanese camps, at the height of World War II. Told through the first-hand accounts of survivors from the war, this series has been remastered and serves as an indispensable insight into the realities of the war in the Pacific.

©1985 Tim Bowden (P)1985 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Great!

Informative and intriguing Loved the point of view of the first person - it brings the experience to the heart and soul

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One of the most moving records of WWII

These stories are incredible. The recordings of survivors of unbelievable conditions in the 1940’s. Prisoners, under the yoke of the Japanese at war, in the tropical jungles of South East Asia. Aussie blokes whose voices portray a different time, the true digger spirit, and amazing humour, but with honest, very touching and sensitive hindsight. I am in awe of these men and women, and thankful to Tim Bowden, for the book and the project. Highly recommended for everyone.

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Sensation

Gripping. Moving. Enlightening. Brilliant. A fantastic reading experience. Should be heard by all Australian school children.

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  • garba
  • 27-09-2016

A kind interview

This book is more of interview than a story, does not carry person away as a story book does. More for scholars than readers or listeners.

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  • bds2
  • 12-12-2014

Sympathy for family who were POW of the Japanese

The only people who attacked Australia after the English. How we were defending the UK, Europe leaving our gates wide open. Then the Japanese arrive in Asia with the non practice of Geneva Convention. Hence belief people, POW, were lost in action whilst severely punished by the Japanese following their God - Japanese royalty - kill or die trying don't come home until called. The amount of time after the end of the conflict of the war prisoners were still being punished.

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  • The Louligan
  • 16-04-2014

FILM SOUNDTRACK - DOES NOT WORK AS AN AUDIOBOOK

What disappointed you about Prisoners of War?

Not being able to understand what's being said. Some of the Australian accents are just too thick. I thought it would be one narrator reading the first-hand accounts of the war.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didn't get that far. I gave up after 30 minutes.

How could the performance have been better?

This is the soundtrack of a documentary film. It doesn't work as an audiobook. The survivors' accents are hard to understand. Then some are speaking over sound effects of bombing and shooting - maybe from an underlying film segment - and that only makes it all worse.

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