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On the Beach Audiobook

On the Beach

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Publisher's Summary

Australia is one of the last places where life still exists after nuclear war starts in the Northern Hemisphere. A year on, an invisible cloak of radiation has spread almost completely around the world.

Darwin is a ghost town, and radiation levels at Ayres Rock are increasing. An American nuclear-powered submarine has found its way to Australia, where its captain has placed the boat under the command of the Australian Navy. Commander Dwight Towers and his Australian liaison officer are sent to the coast of North America to discover whether a stray radio signal originating from near Seattle is a sign of life.

©2009 The Trustees of the Estate of the late Nevil Shute Norway (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    J.Lee Southeast US 05-07-13
    J.Lee Southeast US 05-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Different than expected"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've become intrigued with the Post Apocalyptic novels, and this is one of the "classics" in the genre. Much different than any of the others where there is a sense of urgency to make the right plans, gather the right equipment, and fight off bandits to fight for survival. This one is based in Australia where life continues, for a while, following a worldwide nuclear devastation and the Southern Latitudes are just waiting for the fall out to arrive. This is a look at how people behave when they know the end will come for them in the not so distant future.
    It's an interesting take on the genre and an entertaining listen. Good character development, and narration. I'm glad I read it but found it a bit lazy compared to more of the thriller types and the audio quality was never equalized. I was constantly needing to adjust my volume to understand what was being said.
    All in all, it was worth the credit.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • kevin king
    braintree, essex, GB
    1/24/17
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    "My god!! What a bore!!!!!"

    This is a terrible novel. I don't care that it was written in the late 50's..it's still a shockingly mundane piece of crap!! I had such high hopes for this book..but please believe me, it's like reading your worst episode of Home & Away. There is absolutely NO sense of panic or dread whatsoever regarding the eminent doom facing everyone??? This book is basically an observation of late 1950's life in Oz..forget about the fall out??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    Stonehouse, Glos, United Kingdom
    8/14/16
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    "SUPERB, MUCH FOOD FOR THOUGHT"
    What did you like most about On the Beach?

    The understated fluent style, the characters and the excellent use of language.


    What does James Smillie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The book was very well and intelligently read. Pace, intonation and (so often absent in many readings) the use of the subclause to intelligently support the sentence.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samvjones
    London
    6/7/16
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    "The end of the world, the British way."

    A very British way to see out the final days on earth. Set in Australia as the British/Australian navy in command of the last US Submarine continue to do what they can despite their inevitable end. A great look at how to do your final days - packing your clothes with mothballs for after you are gone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    2/16/16
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    "It Is Nevil Shute, I Have To Love It, Or Not?"

    I enjoyed this book, but it didn't grab me. It has endured, so maybe that is just my personal taste.
    Not much to criticise, but I think that we have moved on since this was written, trouble has been and gone. It will come again in the future.
    It must have been very advanced for its time.
    It leaves you thinking...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gnjoutside
    5/15/15
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    "Atmospheric"

    It's hard to enjoy this book, well written and spoken as it is. The message is clear: a nuclear apocalypse is hopelessly awful. The scene is interesting, being of another age. I'd recommend it and certainly appreciated it but I'll move onto a happier tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ALAN
    CHADWELL ST MARY, United Kingdom
    10/21/12
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    "I should of read the reviews"

    The writer does a good job of getting to know the characters and by then end you really do feel for them.

    This is a story about people, not about the end of the world

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie and Duncan
    Scotland, UK.
    4/13/13
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    "Truly touching listen"

    We love this story, we have listened to a dramatized abridged version before and loved it so when we saw this we bought it straight away. It hasn't let us down, it was great to hear the whole story and the narrator did a brilliant job. We have also seen one of the films based on this book which we loved also. Both my husband and I are huge fans of this story. If you've never read or listened to a book from this author before its a great start to his work. I think for us it will always be our favorite book of his, the story is truly touching and its something you'll never forget.



    Highly recommended. Great Narrator and a much enjoyed listen. I'm not sure there is much else to say, give it a try and we doubt you'll be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    Derby, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Understated and depressing classic"

    On the Beach is a pioneering piece in the 'post-apocalyptic' genre, and probably does it better than most others.



    Set in Australia folliwng a nuclear war it depicts a society, and the poeple in it, waiting for an inevitable death as the radioactive dust is drawn slowly southwards by the wind.



    Shute is an undoubted master of understatement, meaning that whilst the war and the innevitable fate that is coming south on the winds is rarely discussed, it's in the background of every conversation, brooding and building an atmosphere of despair and claustrophobia.



    Ultimately it asks whether it's better to die suddenly and unexpecting, or to be given time to reflect.



    The narration is smooth and unfaltered, accents subtle but well drawn and very easy to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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