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In the Wet | [Nevil Shute]

In the Wet

It is the rainy season; a drunk and delirious old man lies dying in the Queensland bush. In his opium-hazed last hours, a priest finds his deserted shack and listens to his last words. Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man tells the story of an adventure set decades in the future, in a very different world…
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Publisher's Summary

It is the rainy season; a drunk and delirious old man lies dying in the Queensland bush. In his opium-hazed last hours, a priest finds his deserted shack and listens to his last words. Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man tells the story of an adventure set decades in the future, in a very different world…

©2012 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

“Shute is an honest, exciting adventure writer who blends narrative gift with a fine power of description." (John Betjeman)

"That shattering, unaffected, literary style of his is wholly deceptive...is, in fact, masterly." (H.E. Bates)

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    Ronny Magnolia, AR, United States 12-09-12
    Ronny Magnolia, AR, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Loved it!"

    Thought provoking view of what might occur in the future in a struggle between the British parliment and the monarchy--from the perspective of a reluctant witness.

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    Charles SANDWICH, MA, United States 04-06-13
    Charles SANDWICH, MA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I could not finish this because of the N-word!!!"
    What would have made In the Wet better?

    I realize that this book was written in the 1950's, but that is no excuse in my opinion. The protagonist nickname is the N-word, and worth part about it is that he has no problem being called the N-word. Just wish Mr. Shute or his editor had had to intelligence to realize that this subtle racism is not ok.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am currently listening to "The Doom" by Stephen King.


    What about Gary Waldhorn’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with this subpar material.


    What character would you cut from In the Wet?

    The protagonist whose nickname is the N-word.


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  • Pauline
    Verwood, United Kingdom
    1/21/13
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    "A Nice Change"

    I really enjoy a Nevil Shute book - no gratuitous bad language or sex - just a good story.

    In this one a priest delirious from an attack of malaria sits with a dying man in 1950's Australia. The priest 'dreams' and the old man babbles his life story. Somehow the story becomes a futuristic England around 1980/90 - not as we know it, but as the author imagines it might be.

    An interesting and easy listen narrated perfectly by Gary Waldhorn.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Alberton, South Africa
    4/13/13
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    "Nevil Shute has worn well"

    I last read this book about 40 years ago and then the story was set in the future.

    Also I have now visited Australia during "The Wet" and have a picture in my mind that was not there before.

    Now the future has happened and it is interesting to compare his predictions against current history.

    He still remains a master story teller and the narrator of this book is superb.

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  • Patricia
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "In the wet"

    An excellent book I could not stop listening. Though it was written over fifty years ago some of it is life like today. A truly good read and I would recommend it to anyone







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