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Landfall Audiobook

Landfall

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Publisher's Summary

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).

©2012 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    jocelyn melbourne, Australia 25/05/2015
    jocelyn melbourne, Australia 25/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "The master at work"

    As always I was captivated by this master story teller. Ordinary people showing their strength through both everyday life and epic events. For me it is the entwining of the banal and the epic - both treated with humility and equal respect. This is a great story, beautifully told.

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  • Robert Bliss
    27/10/16
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    "You can figure out the mystery pretty quickly"
    What made the experience of listening to Landfall the most enjoyable?

    Shute's skill bringing out characters and making them seem real.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Chris Rowe’s performance did you like?

    It was fine.


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  • Michael R Kelly
    Denver, Colorado, US
    13/08/16
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    "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!

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  • Dianne
    Cape May, NJ, United States
    26/08/14
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    "Page turning"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Catriona
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    29/06/15
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    "Well worth a listen"

    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.

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