In the Wet

  • by Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by Gary Waldhorn
  • 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is the rainy season; a drunk and delirious old man lies dying in the Queensland bush. In his opium-hazed last hours, a priest finds his deserted shack and listens to his last words. Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man tells the story of an adventure set decades in the future, in a very different world…


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“Shute is an honest, exciting adventure writer who blends narrative gift with a fine power of description." (John Betjeman)
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Customer Reviews

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not Shute's best, but still worth reading

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.
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- F. Hawkins "silentsun"

I could not finish this because of the N-word!!!

What would have made In the Wet better?

I realize that this book was written in the 1950's, but that is no excuse in my opinion. The protagonist nickname is the N-word, and worth part about it is that he has no problem being called the N-word. Just wish Mr. Shute or his editor had had to intelligence to realize that this subtle racism is not ok.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am currently listening to "The Doom" by Stephen King.

What about Gary Waldhorn’s performance did you like?

He did a good job with this subpar material.

What character would you cut from In the Wet?

The protagonist whose nickname is the N-word.

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- Charles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios