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Publisher's Summary

A young English woman leaves her ageing parents to visit friends living in the Australian outback, where she quickly falls in love - both with the country and with Carl, a doctor and Czech refugee. Brought together through dramatic encounters and strange twists of fate, their relationship hangs in the balance when Jennifer is called back to England.

©2012 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Enjoyable story of love blossoming over the scalpels." ( Evening Standard)
"A heart-lifting novel by a master-weaver of romance and adventure." ( Boston Herald)
"Nevil Shute made me yearn for a faithful, plodding, Shute-type of man. I imagined us trekking across the Australian outback, finding a run-down hamlet, and then transforming it together until death or flood parted us." (Sue Townshed, The Times)

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  • A
  • 07-24-13

Oldie but goodie...

I have to admit that as far as popular fiction goes, I prefer stuff that was written in the middle of the 20th century--like Nevil Shute, Graham Greene, Dick Francis--and so I found this story written by Nevil Shute in the early 1950s about life in Australia and post war England to be a most enjoyable read. The plot is simple and it beats 'historical fiction' because it wasn't trying to recreate anything. If you are looking for an action-packed adventure with lots of dialogue and very little description, you have come to the wrong place.

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  • BikeMeister
  • Woodbridge, Virginia United States
  • 02-11-13

Great Story!

A really great novel about Britain and Australia after the Second World War. Lots of insight into the economic situations of both countries and the opportunity many Brits saw at the time in Australia. Great characters, very intelligently written and always good natured.

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  • Dianne
  • Cape May, NJ, United States
  • 06-30-14

Beautiful story

Julie Maisey is an amazing narrator, bringing all the characters, whether English, Australian, or Czech to life vividly. The story is lovely with colorful depictions of post-war Australian lifestyle attempting to adapt to the influx of Europe's displaced persons. Interesting and touching..

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  • L
  • 08-04-15

Let's all move to Australia!

After "A Town Like Alice" and "Trustee from the Toolroom", I had great hopes for this book. However they were not realized. The story is thinner, yes, but Shute's gung-ho chauvinism toward Australia truly trips up the story. Surely not *everything* in England is hopeless and *only* Australia offers hope and opportunity? However, that is how this story is written -- and it's not even subtle. He keeps knocking you over the head with it; everything from cars to kitchen appliances is better down under. (And I really like Australia!) If you can get past this element the story is decent, mild and unsurprising, and has at its core two likable characters.

It should be noted that the narrator is much better than one would think from the sample clip. She handles male voices well and does a very good job with the Czech doctor. She actually improved my perception of the story; had I been reading as text it I probably wouldn't have finished it.

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Just a perfectly lovely novel

Would you consider the audio edition of The Far Country to be better than the print version?

Never read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

All of it. I loved the descriptions of the country, the relationships between the natives and the newbies. My wife and I moved from Boston to a small town in the center of Montana and know exactly how the characters interacted. It was very sweet.

What about Julie Maisey’s performance did you like?

She did a great job with the male voices. She was not in the least bit distracting. Just a great job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Extreme reaction? Oh, no. It was just a delicious listen and both Sonia and I wished it could have gone on even longer.

Any additional comments?

Can't go wrong with any of Mr. Shute's books or any book narrated by Ms Maisey

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Story & Narrator superb

I would like Julie Maisey to narrate all Shute's novels. She does all the accents- British (Yorkshire and others), Australian, Czech and American- well. And her voices for males and females are all believable. You're never taken out of the story by thinking of the narrator. It wasn't until I listened to another Shute novel that I appreciated her fully. I looked for other books she's narrated but they all seem to be written for a female market. Audible- please use her talents more broadly! This is the first review I've written, inspired by a desire to hear her narrate more of the types of books I like.

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Too simple

Story and characters were simple and predictable. Neville Shute has written much better novels . try those

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Excellent

A thoroughly lovely production. Ms. Maisey made it cone alive. I will enjoy this repeatedly as I have the paper version.

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Voice Performance is Exquisite

The performance is a tour de force of dialect and is worth more than 5 Stars

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Very nice love story.

Very well written and I listen to it again. The soft and gentle story of post war couple meeting in Australia.

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  • Marie
  • 04-20-18

An excellent story of post war England and Australia

A captivating story of a young woman who visits Australia and falls in love with a refugee from war torn Europe. This man was a doctor in his own country and I'd working as a lumberjack as he is a new immigrant.
The young woman has to return to England and her lover has to find a way to requalify as a doctor so they can be together. A lovely period piece.

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  • JCD
  • 04-11-18

Love Nevil Shute

I admit to being a fan of Shute's books and this one did not disappoint. Exceptional narration,. he is to be commended. A gentle, linear narrative, set between England and Australia with really interesting historical details from the early 1950's. Recommended.

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  • Viv S.
  • 11-16-17

The Far Country

I first read this book many years ago and was delighted to find it was as good as I had remembered. Well written, well read and still enjoyable and although England and Australia have changed greatly since the time of writing, I could still relate to the characters and story line.

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  • Silvernin
  • 07-12-16

Lovely story

I have now read three of Neville Shute's books as of which have been different. This was a lovely gentle story but with an undercurrent of the horrors of WW2. The narrator was excellent especially with the number of accents she had to go through!

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  • D. Haywood
  • 06-07-16

excellent story to listen to while walking

lovely characters I just wanted the story to continue and I like the way the period is portrayed.

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  • Jennifer2
  • 02-02-17

An enjoyable story.

A beautifully read book from Nevil Shute who loved Australia. A little repetitive in places but overall very enjoyable.