An Old Captivity

  • by Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by Cameron Stewart
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- Susan "I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!"

Another fascinating and uplifting Shute book

Where does An Old Captivity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Can't say, was my first one. Felt like listening to a friend.


What did you like best about this story?

The sympathetic characters


Which scene was your favorite?

The little incideent during the first mooring of the plane


If you could take any character from An Old Captivity out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The pilot His undoncitional devotion to his profession indpires deep respect


Any additional comments?

Again, Shute does not only entertain. He introduces you to a new world of facts and gives you lkong lasting memories.

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- K. E. Kummant "Chief Engineer"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-16-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios