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I liked this story for its simple charm and ships and planes and British mores and language. It is a well-paced yarn with humor, romance, adventure and glimpses of a society that had strengths and depth to persevere in very challenging times. Enjoy
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.
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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From all-time favourite read to all-time farourite listen. A real treat awaits your ears with thus.
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.