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  • On the Beach | Nevil Shute

    On the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
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    (478)
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    (480)

    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.

    Julie says: "The most emotionally moving story I have ever read"
  • A Town Like Alice | Nevil Shute

    A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    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.

    John S says: "Classic and still entertaining"
  • A Town Like Alice | Nevil Shute

    A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
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    (2038)
    Story
    (2048)

    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.

    Mary says: "Wonderful story, beautifully told"
  • Trustee from the Toolroom | Nevil Shute

    Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
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    (1346)
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    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.

    Jim In Texas! says: "Hologram of a Decent Man"
  • Pied Piper | Nevil Shute

    Pied Piper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    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.

    Susan says: "One of My All Time Favorires"
  • No Highway | Nevil Shute

    No Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Ben Elliot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    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.

    Doug says: "Fine writing keeps this story fresh"
  • Pastoral | Nevil Shute

    Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    She was from the hills of Yorkshire, country born and bred. He was a city boy. By the stream where they fished they were two young people falling in love. Overhead, the bombers roared, threatening to blow their idyllic world, so young, so fresh, to smithereens.

    Stan says: "Historical romance set in WWII England."
  • Slide Rule: Autobiography of an Engineer | Nevil Shute

    Slide Rule: Autobiography of an Engineer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By James Faulkner
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    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.

    Ben says: "I love Shute's novels but found this to be dull."
  • On the Beach | Nevil Shute

    On the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By James Smillie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (101)

    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.

    Jason says: "What could have been."
  • Most Secret | Nevil Shute

    Most Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Roger May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (107)
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    (96)
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    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.

    Anniebligh says: "Censored for 3 years"
  • In the Wet | Nevil Shute

    In the Wet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    An old man lies dying during the rainy season in the Queensland outback. And in the night, slipping in and out of an opium sleep that drifts him towards death, he draws his listener into a tale that opens onto incredible horizons.

    Kathy says: "Stay with this book; it's worth it!"
  • The Far Country | Nevil Shute

    The Far Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Julie Maisey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    A says: "Oldie but goodie..."
  • Round the Bend | Nevil Shute

    Round the Bend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (153)
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    When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his air-freight business, he little realises the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. Shaklin possesses a religious power which inspires everyone he meets to a new faith and hope for humanity. As Cutter’s business grows across Asia, so does Shaklin’s fame, until he is widely regarded as a unifying deity. Though he struggles to believe Shaklin is indeed divine, Cutter too finds solace in his friend’s teachings, and commits to passing on his message.

    Gavin Scott says: "A wonderful book"
  • So Disdained | Nevil Shute

    So Disdained

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
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    (44)
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    (29)
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    (30)

    On a rain-swept night on the Sussex Downs in the uneasy peace between the wars, Peter Moran stopped his car to give a lift to a man. His unexpected passenger turned out to be an old wartime comrade, a pilot who had just crash-landed a high-speed French bomber. Trapped between two loyalties, enmeshed in a tangled skein of treason, Moran was about to be swept into a desperate manhunt across Europe...

    EB says: "Fascists to the rescue!"
  • Lonely Road | Nevil Shute

    Lonely Road

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Laurence Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (22)
    Story
    (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.

    Robert Bliss says: "Great story telling, implausible plot"
  • Requiem for a Wren | Nevil Shute

    Requiem for a Wren

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Damien Warren-Smith
    Overall
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    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.

    Sharon says: "Bittersweet"
  • The Rainbow and the Rose | Nevil Shute

    The Rainbow and the Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Kermode
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    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    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.

    Linda says: "Another world another time."
  • In the Wet | Nevil Shute

    In the Wet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Gary Waldhorn
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    It is the rainy season; a drunk and delirious old man lies dying in the Queensland bush. In his opium-hazed last hours, a priest finds his deserted shack and listens to his last words. Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man tells the story of an adventure set decades in the future, in a very different world…

    Bond James Bond says: "not Shute's best, but still worth reading"
  • Pastoral | Nevil Shute

    Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Roger Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (8)
    Story
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    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.

  • The Chequer Board | Nevil Shute

    The Chequer Board

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Paul Panting
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    (88)
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    (77)
    Story
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    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.

    Jacqueline Curbishley says: "Dated? Not this one."
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