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.
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. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons, but after the conflict he continued to write and settled in Australia where he lived until his death on 12 January 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), No Highway (1948), A Town Like Alice (1950) and On the Beach (1957).
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"A magnificent thrill; it is also a tale of character, for every member of the little ship's company is worth meeting. A book that should not be missed." (Daily Telegraph)
"Mr. Shute's style is ideal for this kind of book. He revels in incident and he draws his people with loving care. Here, he's reminiscent of H.E. Bates at his best; that same ability to make you passionately interested in anything he's interested in, and to make the most outlandish happening seem credible his characters are so real." (Monica Dickens)
"Mr. Shute always has good things to offer...the power to convey the springs of heroic conduct in the lightest and least assuming of tones." (Times Literary Supplement)
This was the first Neville Shute Audio Book that I have listened to and it was completely unknown to me. I found it totally absorbing.
It was set in in the second world and was about a small French fishing boat used to attack the Germans in a fishing village in France but the emphasis was on the people, and their lives and relationships, that were involved in the plan
He narrated the story in a slightly "old fashioned way" that was very much in keeping with the timeframe of the plot.
I did not want to stop listening to it
I shall look for other Neville Shute Audio Books and other books narrated by Roger May
This is a favourite book, but unfortunately the narrator uses a completely inappropriate accent for one frequently appearing character, inconsistent with the author's detailed description.
I enjoyed this story as I do most of Nevil Shutes one of the best story tellers I have read and I read a lot well listen to now as I knit and sew thank you Audible
I started with Nevil Shute with A Town Like Alice. I really like his style of writing. It is factual, with out being emotional. However that does not stop you getting very involved in the story and hoping for a good end. However life does not always work that way.
Yes. Great story and very pleasant reader.
Martin, so English
Everything was exciting and interesting. I am choosing the walk to the boat.
The story is so well written and follows events of the day. The characters and their part in the overall story really bring this book to life.
Rose and Simon are so well portrayed and the relationship between them is an enhancing factor of the story. Their backgrounds really come through the story line.
His reading of the story and the various characters he produces has made this book so enjoyable. He understands Shute's storyline and the various twists and turns which he makes so enthralling.
The death of the rabbit and the contrast in the characters, Rose and the Wren, in their daily service life.
I once read other Shute novels, 'On the Beach' and 'A town Like Alice' and it makes me want to listen to more of his work.
The manner in which each character's expertise and quirks make that particular person perfect for the role they play in the operation. They are a team; each one has a story and reason why they are where they land up.
It's very difficult to choose, because one gets emotionally involved with all of them. That said, I think Charles was my favorite--the manner in which he leads the team and later meets his end was amazingly courageous.
This is a story that focuses almost entirely on male characters. Roger May manages to give each character an individual voice and style, so that a listener can actually visualize all the characters, however minor.
The Genevieve Affair
"Censored for 3 years"
A most interesting earlier Shute. Written in 1942 and kept under wraps till the end of WW11. Britian (and the Commonwealth and Territories) were 'on their own' and I expect it was written to inspire hope.
In this story Britian is getting ready for a German Invasion, many European people had escaped to England to support the war effort, and the German Army was heading into Russia.The Air raids on London had started.
This is a story of a commando raid proposed by a couple of Navy blokes who really want to do more and are supported by a third man (Army Intellegence) who privately wants to give hope to the people of Brittany.
It is a good story and, although perhaps based on Shute's knowlege and experience to some extent, it is written as popular fiction.
While Nevil Shute is better known for his later stories, 'On The Beach' and 'A Town like Alice' , this one sits well along with his 'Pied Piper' as good war time stories about individuals.
"Inimitable Nevil Shute Style"
One of my favorite witers, Nevil Shute unfolds his story in an intelligent and unique manner. His historical and technical understanding and accuracy are superb as always.
"I am a sucker for Neville Shute"
Best Shute Ever!
Neville Shute is a master of plot. You can feel the tension the war engendered in the English people. He masterfully weaves together sub plots which converge with great dramatic tension.
Wait, What? ONE person narrated this? Every character was so distinctly voiced that the "narrator" disappeared.
I heard ut awhile ago, and now don't remember the names. The young woman driver, though, seems very appealing.
"Neville Shute knew how to tell a story"
I have to admit I I am a huge Neville Shute fan. Great literature? No. But he unselfconsciously tells compelling stories about decent, ordinary people doing extraordinary things. This is not quite on par with the Pied Piper, and not even close to his utterly unforgettable masterpiece A
Town like Alice, but I thoroughly enjoyed it even the second time I listened to it.
Some of Nevil Shute's best work, including A Town Like Alice, Pied Piper and even Requiem for a Wren, opens our eyes to life in wartime in a quiet, devastating, and remarkably balanced way. But this book, written in the early years of WWII (finished in 1942 but censored until 1945), lacks the balance of hindsight and falls into overheated—literally, since it deals with the development and use of flamethrower guns—semi-propaganda. The narrative device of introducing each officer's backstory in turn is simplistic and unsatisfying, and their suffering, however sad, never seems to equate, for modern listeners, to the glee they take in raining acid death down on every German they can. Nuance is abandoned, not just by a weirdly bloodthirsty French priest, but even by the supposedly-objective narrator. Gruesome and flat, not recommended unless you want a cartoon look at how the English viewed the Germans in 1942.
I may only because I thoroughly enjoyed Nevil Shute's "Trustee from the Toolroom"
Perhaps as I did like another of his books.
Not that I recall.
"not as good as Shute's others"
I was very impressed with Shute's On the Beach, Pied Piper, A Town Like Alice, Round the Bend. This book, while better than a lot I've tried, isn't as good as the 4 I listened to before.
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