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    • 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 319
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 248
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    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
    • A Great Book Well Read

    • By Kindle Customer on 31-03-09

    Regular price: £19.69

    • On the Beach

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: James Smillie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 81

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thought provoking

    • By Mike on 08-05-15

    Regular price: £17.19

    • Most Secret

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Roger May
    • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An other matter fact story.

    • By Thor on 06-12-15

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Slide Rule

    • Autobiography of an Engineer
    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: James Faulkner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The engineers engineers

    • By Andy on 26-10-16

    Regular price: £14.99

    • 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 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    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
    • A poignant love story told with great restraint

    • By Trevor on 23-09-13

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Lonely Road

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Mildly entertaining story

    • By hfffoman on 08-11-13

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Chequer Board

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Paul Panting
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good old-fashioned yarn

    • By F Gibb on 16-01-14

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Pied Piper

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    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
    • A new favourite

    • By Miko on 14-09-14

    Regular price: £18.99

    • 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 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another winner

    • By PatatBriz on 19-02-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • In the Wet

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Gary Waldhorn
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    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…

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Nice Change

    • By Pauline on 21-01-13

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Far Country

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb story , with brilliant narration and very moving story-line

    • By Dr on 24-08-18

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Marazan

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    After Philip Stenning is involved in a near-fatal plane crash, he feels he owes a debt of gratitude to the man who rescued him. However, his mysterious saviour is an escaped convict, and Stenning’s determination to help leads him into a tense and dramatic adventure of intrigue, drug-running and murder. Marazan was Nevil Shute’s first published novel, and in his autobiography, Slide Rule, he recalls writing the book twice over before rewriting large portions a third time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Of its time

    • By Gnjoutside on 15-04-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • What Happened to the Corbetts?

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Terry Wilton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Could not get on with this at all

    • By Sioux on 08-01-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Beyond the Black Stump

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    If somewhere is said to be 'beyond the black stump', it is in the deepest darkest wilds of the Australian outback. This is the sun-baked setting for Nevil Shute's novel of a romance that is tested by the differences between two young people's home lives. Stanton Laird is sent from his small town in America to work in a remote outpost in Western Australia.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Round the Bend

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: John Telfer
    • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Feels Good

    • By Patrick on 05-03-11

    Regular price: £19.29

    • So Disdained

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    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...

    Regular price: £15.69

    • Ruined City

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Through a series of mishaps, Henry Warren, a recently divorced City financier, ends up in hospital in a Northern town ruined by the closure of its shipyard. Moved by the fate of the town's inhabitants, Warren risks his fortune and reputation to save the shipyard and restore the town to its former prosperity. In seeking to change the fate of the town, he radically changes his own.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ruined City

    • By J. S. Peet on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Landfall

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Chris Rowe
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well worth a listen

    • By Catriona on 29-06-15

    Regular price: £14.99

    • No Highway

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
    • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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
    • Read this in school 45yrs ago.

    • By Phillip Greenfield on 03-01-16

    Regular price: £18.99

    • An Old Captivity

    • By: Nevil Shute
    • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By tony on 03-02-15

    Regular price: £14.99

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