The Chequer Board

  • by Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by Paul Panting
  • 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Turner, a young man with a chequered past, has been told he has just one year to live. He decides to use his remaining time to search of three very different men he met briefly during the war: a snobbish British pilot, a young corporal accused of murder, and a black G.I. accused of attempted rape. Along the way, Turner learns about forgiveness, tolerance, and second chances, and overcomes his fear of death.

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What the Critics Say

“Not only a brilliantly fluent storyteller but also an ironic commentator on the world scene.” (Harpers & Queen)
"As a novelist, Nevil Shute goes from strength to strength, experimenting, drawing out life as he sees it, and setting it before us in ordered pattern." (Punch)
"Shute is a storyteller of an uncommonly veracious stamp, whose performance is more remarkable that his quiet and refreshing modest airs might suggest." (Times Literary Supplement)

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Dated? Not this one.

Would you listen to The Chequer Board again? Why?

I had read the book in print years ago, and was moved by it then. I found it even more moving in Audio. yes, I would listen to it again.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chequer Board?

The moment when he tells his wife, normally a remote person, that he does not have long to live and the way she shows her compassion towards him. I love the restrained portrayal of the hero and his wife.


What does Paul Panting bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He reads it in a way that fully encompasses and is sympathetic to the period in which the book was set.


Any additional comments?

I had read only one other Nevile Shute book, ' Town Like Alice', before this one. Now I will definitely listen to others, as they lend themselves so well to Audiobooks.

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- Jacqueline Curbishley "Freebird"

Another Treasure By This Author!

It seems that every book I read by this author is better than the ones before. That's probably not true since I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them, including this gem. So far I have never been disappointed and plan to listen to all that are recorded as audiobooks. Perhaps, if I can ever find time to sit down and actually read a print book, I'll delve into even those that are not.

I am always sorry when I finish a Nevil Shute novel even though I compulsively listen as often and as long as I can which causes me to leave these wonderful characters sooner than I would like. And yet, each tale ends as it must and at the proper time. This one did as well.

What a treasured legacy this author has left, for me at least!
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- N. Rogers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-22-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios