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This is my 9th Shute audiobook, and most have been excellent reads. This is worth reading, with reservations: First, you know the racial slur that rhymes with bigger? Most of the book is a tale about a person whose name is that slur, and he's ok with it and tells people to call him that, so you hear that word more than you've ever heard it before, and that detracts from the story.
Second, the tale is partly about political relations between England and Australia, and to me it was pretty far-fetched.
I'll probably listen to the rest of Shute's audiobooks but hope to get them on sale.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Thought provoking view of what might occur in the future in a struggle between the British parliment and the monarchy--from the perspective of a reluctant witness.
I really enjoy a Nevil Shute book - no gratuitous bad language or sex - just a good story.
In this one a priest delirious from an attack of malaria sits with a dying man in 1950's Australia. The priest 'dreams' and the old man babbles his life story. Somehow the story becomes a futuristic England around 1980/90 - not as we know it, but as the author imagines it might be.
An interesting and easy listen narrated perfectly by Gary Waldhorn.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I last read this book about 40 years ago and then the story was set in the future.
Also I have now visited Australia during "The Wet" and have a picture in my mind that was not there before.
Now the future has happened and it is interesting to compare his predictions against current history.
He still remains a master story teller and the narrator of this book is superb.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this story very much. It was an interesting prediction of 30 years later on the state of England and its Commonwealth. Set in the difficult terrain of afar North Queensland with fascinating but believable characters.