I've liked the earlier books enough to listen to them again, all of them, but this one is just a little too far out. If he does another book, I'll try it, but I was disappointed in this one.
I was very impressed with Shute's On the Beach, Pied Piper, A Town Like Alice, Round the Bend. This book, while better than a lot I've tried, isn't as good as the 4 I listened to before.
I got about a third in, and still don't know if all the weirdness is real or drug-induced. John dies early in the book, and I hoped then it was about to be over.
Sure, Turing's life is interesting, and he got badly treated. But we don't need to know every letter he ever wrote or received, every meeting he went to, every trip he made, all the details about the invention of the computers.
I would love to find a 30 hour book that would keep me interested, but this isn't it. It has too much unneeded detail. Maybe 10 hours would have been a better book.
The movie was much more entertaining than this book.
The other Shute books all had happy endings. This one, dealing with the end of human life after a nuclear war, doesn't end happily, but it's a good story, excellently told, well narrated.
There was a movie of the story back around 1960, and I think the movie follows the book pretty well.
It got a little unbelievable at the end, but it's well worth listening to. I liked the other Shute stories (Pied Piper, Town Called Alice, Trustee for the Toolroom) better, but still glad I found Shute, glad there are more of his to go.
Didn't want it to end, wished it was longer. Another great story!
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I kept wanting it not to end! But there are several Shute books, I'm on my 5th one now, all are great stories
It's a story of the little guy persisting, and with the help of friends he wasn't aware of, making a great accomplishment. Made me want more, and I'm on my 5th Shute book, and all are great stores.
from the reviews I expected a better story. It was ok, worth finishing, but not a great story.
I kept hoping it would get better. The story had a lot of potential, reader was good, but I had trouble staying interested. Did finish it, not terrible, but not great either.
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