Stephen Morris has just called off his engagement to the girl of his dreams because he is a penniless graduate with no prospects. He finds a job working as an aircraft mechanic, hoping to make his fortune. In Pilotage, Stephen's young navigator Pete Dennison is struggling with exactly the same problem. These two early novels draw on Nevil Shute's own experiences as a young engineer.
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I agree with the first review. Nevil Shute has always been my favourite author - I just wish there were more of his books on audio, as I have difficulty reading nowadays. I did find the Morris/Helen romance had a perfect ending - quite obvious!
Adrienne, Kingston, Ontario
I loved this audiobook. The Nevil Shute - Gordon Griffin combo made me feel as if I had gone back in time 90 years.
My only complaint is that the endings of the two love stories (Morris and Helen, Denison and Sheila) are missing. I regret that Nevil Shute decided to leave those parts to the reader's imagination.
I have greatly enjoyed a number of Shute's other works (Trustee From The Toolroom, A Town Like Alice, Round The Bend), but I found this one to be tough sledding. It is not surprising that these are his first two published works. The plots are dull and I found the narration to be somewhat flat; the point of view switches frequently and it's hard which character is speaking. On his Wikipedia page, there is a quote from Shute indicating he thought these two books were not very good and I agree with that sentiment.
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