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?
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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"The story has pace and excitement, unforced sentiment and wholly unaffected gaiety... Alive, humourous and finely restrained in feeling throughout; thrilling and eloquent." (Times Literary Supplement)
"An admirably good story, full of drama and good humour." (Evening Standard)
"Direct, simple, wholly free from highfalutin nonsense and entirely charming." (Daily Mail)
The narrator is very good. His voices are varied, but not obtrusive. Even the women are well voiced.
The telling of the story by Shute, like many of books, is sparse, but he keeps the story going. His characters may have different views on what is right, but each wants to do the right thing.
As I was listening I was thinking what an interesting picture this gives off the early days of the war. Food is clearly not short yet - there are references to grapes; people go on from a dance or a pub for a late night supper; one pilot views fighters as being the safest posting. There is no sense of jingoism. Just the intention to get the job done. It was interesting then to realise this was written in 1940. I'm listening with the benefit of hindsight. Shute was living this.
"A charming love story"
I liked this story for its simple charm and ships and planes and British mores and language. It is a well-paced yarn with humor, romance, adventure and glimpses of a society that had strengths and depth to persevere in very challenging times. Enjoy
"You can figure out the mystery pretty quickly"
Shute's skill bringing out characters and making them seem real.
Unfortunately, the whole story. It is a mystery but what happened is obvious very early on. That makes the main characters seem amazingly dense, which is not the author's intention. Plots are not always Shute's strong suit, though some books such as Far Country, are great stories.
It was fine.
"One of his best!"
I have close to fifteen of Nevil Shutes Audible books. 'I would put 'Landfall' easily in my five fav list. If you're interested in WWII from a British perspective, Shutes work is a must. If I could give the reader, Chris Rowe, more than five stars I would. He's really good at his craft!
Chris Rowe's narration is superb and the story is captivating as the mystery unravels. The plot gradually moves toward a crescendo of resolution and the ending is a brain stretcher.
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