The Breaking Wave

  • by Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by Patrick Tull
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Allan had been away from Coombaragana, flying in the Royal Air Force. Now he has returned, wounded and disillusioned, to his ancestral home. Days before, Jessie Proctor had taken her own life. Why? Allan looked at the young face in the photograph in Jessie’s passport and froze. He knew who she really was.

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Customer Reviews

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Not Nevil Shute's best, but still good

What did you like best about The Breaking Wave? What did you like least?

The parts about WWII were well written and convincing.


If you’ve listened to books by Nevil Shute before, how does this one compare?

I think it's best to start with A Town like Alice, which is really great. The Breaking Wave is good but just not up to that level.


What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

Everything. He is one of the best readers.


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- naomi

Another great Shute!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Breaking Wave to be better than the print version?

Much better! The only issue with Tull is his lack of knowledge of English names-Lymington is not "lime-inton" but lim-ington-otherwise he is good!


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Breaking Wave?

When Alan discovers the dead girl-Janet- is Bill's(his brother) girlfriend


Which scene was your favorite?

When Janet manages to outshoot the whole navy!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely if there was time enough!


Any additional comments?

This book is a great-if sad-read! All the Shutes are excellent stories with little violence and no sex-try them all "Town like Alice" On the Beach, Round the bend etc-I think there are 16 or 17 in all

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- Creeker

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-19-2011
  • Publisher: Recorded Books