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.
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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“Exhibits his talents at their provocative best” (New York Times)
"Nevil Shute's books always have a real hero... intensely romantic along with the realism, intensely real along with the romanticism, and peculiarly absorbing." (Sunday Times)
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"Nevil, Were You Called To Dinner?"
I love Nevil Shute's books. I thoroughly enjoyed In Old Captivity up until the ending. My goodness, what an ending dear Nevil came up with for this book. The story line was flowing along, building upon growing relationships and trust between the main characters and then . . . apparently Mr. Shute had a deadline to meet, or a dinner growing cold. Instead of seeing the storyline through, the author seemed to write a quick, silly, ending to In Old Captivity. Still, up until that point, the book was another good read (or listen) by the great writer.
The narrator, Cameron Stewart, has a fine male voice. His "female" voice sounds a bit like your Uncle Fred imitating your grandmother. It's a little annoying at first but it doesn't take away from the overall narration. (Luckily there are few females in the story)
Would I recommend In Old Captivity? For those of us that are Nevil Shute fans - yes. However this book is not a good choice to introduce or intice readers to Nevil Shute. Of the 7 books written by Nevil Shute that I've read so far, In Old Captivity was my least favorite. That being said, I'm still a great fan of Shute's writing and glad I read In Old Captivity.
"Another fascinating and uplifting Shute book"
Can't say, was my first one. Felt like listening to a friend.
The sympathetic characters
The little incideent during the first mooring of the plane
The pilot His undoncitional devotion to his profession indpires deep respect
Again, Shute does not only entertain. He introduces you to a new world of facts and gives you lkong lasting memories.
"Disappointing for a Neil Shute fan..."
I loved "A Town Like Alice," and "Pied Piper," but did not feel the same enthusiasm for this book. Especially in view of the realism of the book, the ending was just too fantastical to be credible. I was really fond of the characters and hoped to enjoy an understandable happy ending with them. The premise of the story is very interesting, but a lot of time, probably necessarily, but a bit dull, is devoted to checking the weather and finding good landing sites. However, I'm not discouraged and have already purchased another book by this excellent author!
"LOVED IT! GREAT STORY + EXCELLENT NARRATION"
LOVED IT! GREAT STORY + EXCELLENT NARRATION. WISH HE DID A SERIES WITH A SIMILAR THEME.
THE LOVE STORIES INTERWOVEN PROVIDED SOME MEMORABLE MOMENTS.
DO IT AGAIN, SHUTE!
"Give it a miss"
Ugh. This is a doughy, unsatisfying mess of a story. Sexist, stupid about the north, and packed with mystical drivel. Go listen to Trustee From The Toolroom instead.
"Shute at his mystical best"
Some reviews has remarked that the end was too abrupt. What we see here is a story by a 'yarn-spinner' who has, quite simply, finished the tale. He leaves us to imagine how the storyline plays out. Loved this book.
"Glimse into another world - tempting to stay there"
I've enjoyed nearly every Shute novel I've read so I'm not always the most unbiased listener. (Okay, I didn't much like "On the Beach" - just too dark for my tastes)
I love the way Old Captivity unfolds and was particularly struck by the parallel world / time travel used to create tension. Shute has used something similar in other novels but this time I really enjoyed the parallel world. As I often do, I enjoyed his characters because they are rich in values and steadfast in their willingness to go beyond the limits of lesser people without demanding public affection. Great performance.
"A Gentle Telling of an Adventure Story"
This is not one of Shute's better known books, but it was an interesting listen, as always. I won't give away the story, but "captivity" refers to the ancient practice of various nations (e.g. the ancient Norwegians) kidnapping young people from other nations (e.g. Scotland) and using them as slave workers as they sailed to new lands, including, this story would have you believe, Greenland and Cape Cod.
The story takes a bit to develop, starting with the travails of an out-of-work pilot who lives with a spinster aunt. From there we are introduced to anthropologists and an adventure is born that takes the listener to far-flung places and experiences (e.g. flying a sea plane.)
It is an enjoyable, easy listen filled with admirable characters and a story line that is uplifting and positive, even if a bit of a stretch in reality.
Shute's writing is impeccable and the narration of this version is superb.
I found this story pointless. The characters were well drawn but the story went nowhere. I was very disappointed as I had read and enjoyed other works of his.
"For aviation enthusiasts!"
I am a fan of Nevil Shute but there is so much technical detail about airplanes and flying in the early chapters that the first part of this book drags a lot.
The "Old Captivity" section relating to the Viking past seems very much imposed on the story and the two parts, past and present, don't sit comfortably together.
The reader is good when doing male voices (apart from the King of the Vikings who sounds like George Saunders playing Scar in the Lion King) but his female voices are really poor.
There is very little tension in the story so no, I would not.
Nevil Shute has written some fantastic books, A Town like Alice, On the Beach, Trustee from the Toolroom etc. Why are none of these available from Audible??
"Hopeless all systems have changed Why ?????"
Yes if I could listen ti this one instead of a Title there is code ?? Why???
Yes see above
Have not as yet heard him !!!
Don't know till I can listen to the book
Why do you keep changing your systems ?????
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