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I am a huge fan of Shute's novels and have enjoyed over a dozen. I was eager to listen to this given the good reviews but was disappointed. This is a fairly straightforward recounting of Shute's business career, focusing on his work launching an aeroship in the UK in the 1920's and then his experience helping launch and run an airplane manufacturer in the 1930's and beyond. There is little detail on his personal life. There are some enjoyable tidbits but they weren't nearly enough to carry the book.
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If you have more than a passing interest in engineering and aviation, this is a must.
Excellently written and excellent narrated.
... Into early years of aircraft development. I was hoping to find out more about the man Nevil Shute Norway and though much of this book is about the business of aircraft manufacture, perhaps I do now know some of the personality of the man that I could not glean from his novels. I was surprised to learn that his dedication to his work as an engineer made his writing a secondary pursuit and that he was at the centre of the aircraft industry during what were arguably its most interesting years.