An avid reader since the 4th grade, I am now 65.I have an eclectic interest in most genres. However, I do not like profanity in books.
I was hooked. Kept waiting door the next adventure to unfold. I always look for this author since his books are captivating in a low key way.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, as I have all Shute's novels. It's a wonderful look into an ordinary man's life and how he handles an extraordinary challenge. The narration is truly superb, with several accents handled with amazing dexterity. Shute's humor in this book really shone. Can't imagine anyone not enjoying this lovely story.
The main character is endearing and you just want him to succeed. I recommend this book.
Really wasn't expecting too much from this book but since it was on sale I decided to try this (to me) new author. I am SO glad....it is simply so much fun, even though it became clear it was written some years ago. Great story!
True multitasking is "reading" a book while walking, running, kayaking, doing chores, gardening, driving or just drifting off to sleep.
Nevile Shute is a charming writer and this is the story of a very decent man. I read this story straight through. I am very much looking for engaging stories that are moderately paced and do not involve much violence. This story was impossible for me to "put down."
I also enjoyed "A Town Called Alice" by the same author. I liked this one even more, though. "A Town Called Alice" seemed to have more of a plot. I have listened to lots of Eckhart Tolle and I am much more interested in a novel that just helps me to be present. Listening to audiobooks really silences the thoughts in my mind and helps me to achieve a state of "presence."
I love an audio book that has a great narrator that sounds like a friend just reading me a story. I am not looking for a book that has a sense of urgency or that is clever or that is building to some surprise ending. If you are looking for a friend to read you a nice story about a nice man this one is for you!
Excellent narration, brilliantly descriptive and heart warming in its sense of life. I couldn't stop listening for each new encounter the main character had gave my heart swell with happiness.
I did not read the print version.
There were many. It's hard to say just one. I believe my most memorable would give the plot away. I will say, I would have sent him money if I knew where to find him.
I have not.
NO. I wanted to prolong the story and savor the reading.
Frank Muller did a very good job with all the accents. He made the characters come to life. Nevil Shute did a great job at writing this book so that the characters could be brought to life. Thank you both.
This is the only novel I can remember reading that introduces you to only benevolent characters with sincere good will toward each other. There is still plenty of excitement though. I want to live in this world with these people.
Neville Shute knew how to take ordinary circumstances, turn them into extraordinary plots, and people them with the most peculiar of characters....and turn out a memorable story that stays with you long after you close the book. This one may seem to be a little slow in the beginning, but readers who stay with it are in for a truly memorable treat. Do yourself a big favor, and read it.