Jacqueline Curbishley

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  • The Chequer Board

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Paul Panting
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

John Turner, a young man with a chequered past, has been told he has just one year to live. He decides to use his remaining time to search of three very different men he met briefly during the war: a snobbish British pilot, a young corporal accused of murder, and a black G.I. accused of attempted rape. Along the way, Turner learns about forgiveness, tolerance, and second chances, and overcomes his fear of death.

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  • Dated? Not this one.

  • By Jacqueline Curbishley on 04-01-13

Dated? Not this one.

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Reviewed: 04-01-13

Would you listen to The Chequer Board again? Why?

I had read the book in print years ago, and was moved by it then. I found it even more moving in Audio. yes, I would listen to it again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chequer Board?

The moment when he tells his wife, normally a remote person, that he does not have long to live and the way she shows her compassion towards him. I love the restrained portrayal of the hero and his wife.

What does Paul Panting bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He reads it in a way that fully encompasses and is sympathetic to the period in which the book was set.

Any additional comments?

I had read only one other Nevile Shute book, ' Town Like Alice', before this one. Now I will definitely listen to others, as they lend themselves so well to Audiobooks.

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