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    • On the Beach

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 614
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 616

    A war no one fully understands has devastated the planet with radioactive fallout from massive cobalt bombing. Melbourne, Australia, is the only area whose citizens have not yet succumbed to the contamination. But there isn’t much time left, a few months, maybe more—and the citizens of Melbourne must decide how they will live the remaining weeks of their lives, and how they will face a hopeless future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Personally a Tremendous Influence

    • By N. Rogers on 06-07-14

    Regular price: $22.04

    • A Town Like Alice

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160

    Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story, beautifully told

    • By Mary on 03-27-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • A Town Like Alice

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Neil Hunt
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

    Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic and still entertaining

    • By John S on 05-13-14

    Regular price: $25.19

    • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Frank Muller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hologram of a Decent Man

    • By Jim In Texas! on 05-28-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • On the Beach

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: James Smillie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 106
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 111

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • What could have been.

    • By Jason on 12-28-10

    Regular price: $18.33

    • Pied Piper

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 397
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361

    John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of My All Time Favorires

    • By Susan on 12-09-13

    Regular price: $19.62

    • The Rainbow and the Rose

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Robin Kermode
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    When Johnny Pascoe attempts to rescue a sick girl from the Tasmanian outback, his plane crashes, leaving him dangerously injured. Ronnie Clarke, who was trained by Pascoe, endeavours to fly a doctor in to help but this proves more difficult than he imagined.

    As he waits overnight at Pascoe's house, preparing to try again the following day, Clarke revisits the past of this unusual man - and reveals the shocking and tragic secrets that have influenced his life.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another world another time.

    • By Linda on 02-08-13

    Regular price: $15.48

    • What Happened to the Corbetts?

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Terry Wilton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Nevil Shute wrote this prophetic novel just before the start of the Second World War. In it he describes the devastation that results from an aerial bomb attack on Southampton that destroys the city's infrastructure and leaves the inhabitants at the mercy of cholera and further assaults. The story follows the trials and tribulations of the Corbett family as they struggle to get to safety.

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Slide Rule

    • Autobiography of an Engineer
    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: James Faulkner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Nevil Shute was a power and a pioneer in the world of flying long before he began to write the stories that made him a best-selling novelist. This autobiography charts Shute's path from childhood to his career as a gifted aeronautical engineer, working at the forefront of the technological experimentation of the 1920s and ‘30s. The inspiration for many of the themes and concerns of Shute's novels can be identified in this enjoyable and enlightening memoir.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I love Shute's novels but found this to be dull.

    • By Ben on 12-12-13

    Regular price: $15.98

    • An Old Captivity

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Young pilot Donald Ross has little in common with the Oxford don who has employed him on an expedition to the Arctic - and still less with his beautiful but stubborn daughter, Alix. But once the three of them reach the treacherous shores of Greenland, their destinies are inextricably bound by the events that unfold there.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nevil, Were You Called To Dinner?

    • By Susan on 01-07-14

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Lonely Road

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Commander Malcolm Stevenson, a rich middle-aged man, finds his lonely life turned upside down when he falls in love with a pretty dance hostess. His involvement with Mollie "Sixpence" Gordon will lead to the exposure of a conspiracy to sabotage the British General Election, but Stevenson’s dogged pursuit of the criminals will throw his life and the lives of those he cares about into grave danger.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story telling, implausible plot

    • By Robert Bliss on 10-27-16

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Beyond the Black Stump

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    When Stanton Laird, American geologist, goes prospecting for the Topeka Exploration Company in the savage Australian outback, he finds something a good deal more precious than oil.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator

    • By PlantCrone on 07-26-14

    Regular price: $22.04

    • Requiem for a Wren

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Damien Warren-Smith
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    Alan Duncan returns to his family home in Australia after the war and several years of study in England. But his homecoming is marred by the mysterious suicide of his parents' quiet and reliable parlour-maid. A search through her belongings in search of clues leads to heart-breaking revelations about the woman's identity, the death of Alan's brother Bill, and, above all, the disappearance of his brother's fiancée, Janet.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bittersweet

    • By Sharon on 11-21-13

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Landfall

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Chris Rowe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    When Jerry Chambers, a fresh-faced young pilot, mistakenly sinks a British submarine, he is punished with a remote posting to test an experimental new bomb; a dangerous mission far away from the girl he loves. While Jerry risks his life, his sweetheart Mona sets about clearing her lover's name... but will she be too late?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A charming love story

    • By Chromo Domo on 12-26-16

    Regular price: $15.48

    • Pastoral

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Roger Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    During the Second World War, Peter Marshall's crew is one of the most successful bombing teams at their Oxfordshire airbase. However, when Peter falls in love with a young WAAF officer, his concentration begins to suffer and it looks as though his perfect run of missions - and his life - may be threatened. Nevil Shute Norway (17 January 1899 - 12 January 1960) was a popular British-Australian novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926.

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Chequer Board

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Paul Panting
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dated? Not this one.

    • By Jacqueline Curbishley on 04-01-13

    Regular price: $19.62

    • No Highway

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    Theodore Honey is a shy, inconspicuous aircraft engineer whose eccentric interests in quantum mechanics and spiritualism are frowned upon in aviation circles. But when a passenger plane crashes in unexplained circumstances, Honey must convince his superiors that his unorthodox theories are correct before more lives are lost. The title, No Highway, is taken from the poem "The Wanderer" by John Masefield, which Shute quotes at the start of the book.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fine writing keeps this story fresh

    • By Doug on 12-10-12

    Regular price: $19.62

    • The Far Country

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Oldie but goodie...

    • By A on 07-24-13

    Regular price: $19.62

    • The Breaking Wave

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Allan had been away from Coombaragana, flying in the Royal Air Force. Now he has returned, wounded and disillusioned, to his ancestral home. Days before, Jessie Proctor had taken her own life. Why? Allan looked at the young face in the photograph in Jessie’s passport and froze. He knew who she really was.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Touching Tale

    • By Jim In Texas! on 05-05-12

    Regular price: $22.04

    • Most Secret

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Roger May
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Censored for 3 years

    • By Anniebligh on 02-05-13

    Regular price: $20.24

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