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Most Secret | [Nevil Shute]

Most Secret

It is the Second World War and France has fallen. In their trusty fishing boat, Genevieve, armed with only a flame-thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army. This is classic Shute: a thrilling adventure about the heroism of ordinary men that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering them on.
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Publisher's Summary

It is the Second World War and France has fallen. In their trusty fishing boat, Genevieve, armed with only a flame-thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army. This is classic Shute: a thrilling adventure about the heroism of ordinary men that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering them on.

©2012 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A magnificent thrill; it is also a tale of character, for every member of the little ship's company is worth meeting. A book that should not be missed." (Daily Telegraph)

"Mr. Shute's style is ideal for this kind of book. He revels in incident and he draws his people with loving care. Here, he's reminiscent of H.E. Bates at his best; that same ability to make you passionately interested in anything he's interested in, and to make the most outlandish happening seem credible his characters are so real." (Monica Dickens)

"Mr. Shute always has good things to offer...the power to convey the springs of heroic conduct in the lightest and least assuming of tones." (Times Literary Supplement)

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    Sandy 02-05-13
    Sandy 02-05-13

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Censored for 3 years"

    A most interesting earlier Shute. Written in 1942 and kept under wraps till the end of WW11. Britian (and the Commonwealth and Territories) were 'on their own' and I expect it was written to inspire hope.

    In this story Britian is getting ready for a German Invasion, many European people had escaped to England to support the war effort, and the German Army was heading into Russia.The Air raids on London had started.

    This is a story of a commando raid proposed by a couple of Navy blokes who really want to do more and are supported by a third man (Army Intellegence) who privately wants to give hope to the people of Brittany.

    It is a good story and, although perhaps based on Shute's knowlege and experience to some extent, it is written as popular fiction.

    While Nevil Shute is better known for his later stories, 'On The Beach' and 'A Town like Alice' , this one sits well along with his 'Pied Piper' as good war time stories about individuals.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Will Cochrane, AB, Canada 03-28-14
    Will Cochrane, AB, Canada 03-28-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Not recommended"

    Some of Nevil Shute's best work, including A Town Like Alice, Pied Piper and even Requiem for a Wren, opens our eyes to life in wartime in a quiet, devastating, and remarkably balanced way. But this book, written in the early years of WWII (finished in 1942 but censored until 1945), lacks the balance of hindsight and falls into overheated—literally, since it deals with the development and use of flamethrower guns—semi-propaganda. The narrative device of introducing each officer's backstory in turn is simplistic and unsatisfying, and their suffering, however sad, never seems to equate, for modern listeners, to the glee they take in raining acid death down on every German they can. Nuance is abandoned, not just by a weirdly bloodthirsty French priest, but even by the supposedly-objective narrator. Gruesome and flat, not recommended unless you want a cartoon look at how the English viewed the Germans in 1942.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BikeMeister Woodbridge, Virginia United States 02-11-13
    BikeMeister Woodbridge, Virginia United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Inimitable Nevil Shute Style"

    One of my favorite witers, Nevil Shute unfolds his story in an intelligent and unique manner. His historical and technical understanding and accuracy are superb as always.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David BERKELEY, CA, United States 08-19-13
    David BERKELEY, CA, United States 08-19-13
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    "I am a sucker for Neville Shute"
    If you could sum up Most Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Best Shute Ever!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Neville Shute is a master of plot. You can feel the tension the war engendered in the English people. He masterfully weaves together sub plots which converge with great dramatic tension.


    What about Roger May’s performance did you like?

    Wait, What? ONE person narrated this? Every character was so distinctly voiced that the "narrator" disappeared.


    If you could take any character from Most Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I heard ut awhile ago, and now don't remember the names. The young woman driver, though, seems very appealing.


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Margaret
    Diss, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "This keeps you on the edge of your seat."
    What made the experience of listening to Most Secret the most enjoyable?

    This was the first Neville Shute Audio Book that I have listened to and it was completely unknown to me. I found it totally absorbing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was set in in the second world and was about a small French fishing boat used to attack the Germans in a fishing village in France but the emphasis was on the people, and their lives and relationships, that were involved in the plan


    What about Roger May’s performance did you like?

    He narrated the story in a slightly "old fashioned way" that was very much in keeping with the timeframe of the plot.


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

    I did not want to stop listening to it


    Any additional comments?

    I shall look for other Neville Shute Audio Books and other books narrated by Roger May

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    2/24/13
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    "Inappropriate characterisation"

    This is a favourite book, but unfortunately the narrator uses a completely inappropriate accent for one frequently appearing character, inconsistent with the author's detailed description.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Devaki Khanna
    India
    12/13/13
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    "An exciting read from start to finish"
    What made the experience of listening to Most Secret the most enjoyable?

    The manner in which each character's expertise and quirks make that particular person perfect for the role they play in the operation. They are a team; each one has a story and reason why they are where they land up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's very difficult to choose, because one gets emotionally involved with all of them. That said, I think Charles was my favorite--the manner in which he leads the team and later meets his end was amazingly courageous.


    What about Roger May’s performance did you like?

    This is a story that focuses almost entirely on male characters. Roger May manages to give each character an individual voice and style, so that a listener can actually visualize all the characters, however minor.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Genevieve Affair


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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