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If somewhere is said to be 'beyond the black stump', it is in the deepest darkest wilds of the Australian outback. This is the sun-baked setting for Nevil Shute's novel of a romance that is tested by the differences between two young people's home lives. Stanton Laird is sent from his small town in America to work in a remote outpost in Western Australia. While out there he befriends the unconventional Regan family and falls in love with the daughter, Mollie. However, when Mollie travels to America to visit Stanton, the two realise that their differences in background make their plans for a future together difficult to envisage.

©1956 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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Boring Beyond Belief !!

Would you try another book from Nevil Shute and/or Laurence Kennedy?

Yes, but only after reading the printed version.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nevil Shute again?

Yes. I already own "A Town Like Alice" in my on-line library, and have thoroughly enjoyed it on more than one occasion.

What didn’t you like about Laurence Kennedy’s performance?

Actually his narration was good, considering the insufferable material he was reading.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None obvious to me ~~ perhaps Part 2 would reveal them to anyone interested enough to listen, but that person will not be this reader.

Any additional comments?

It is difficult to imagine this brilliant author creating such a vapid and insipid cast of characters as (1) Mollie ~~ who "took a first" at University ~~ in what? Her "higher" education is not further demonstrated, leaving the impression of an semi-illiterate, possession-hungry, magazine-reading, movie star-struck adolescent. (2) Stan ~~ please ~~ even the trained mouse had more personality. (3) The others ~~ my bet is that Mr. Shute didn't have to reach for his Thesaurus when using the word "lunatic" to describe the area housing these burlesque people.

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  • 02-28-21

Thoroughly enjoyable

I would give this 5+ except that it is slightly dated now. Otherwise it is superbly narrated by Laurence Kennedy (I’m now looking for more books read by him) and an excellent story.

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  • vasco444
  • 01-08-21

Wonderful story

Another superb bit of storytelling by Nevil Shute - so hard to put down. The audiobook is almost better than the print version and is very well told. Such vivid descriptions, I could see every place he wrote about and relate strongly to the characters. Strongly recommended.

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  • Saz123
  • 05-16-22

Great story but be prepared for racist language

fantastic insights, setting, characters and gentle love story. The racist language and stereotypes is shocking, to us-thank goodness we have moved on from that. it is of its time

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  • Linda Ellis
  • 03-24-22

A love story with a difference

Listening to this book you could be forgiven for thinking the ending is predictable but not that's not necessarily the case right. Its a love story but more about love of family and place than romantic love. The descriptions of the Australian outback make you feel you are there.

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  • ArthurT
  • 03-11-22

I love listening to these old books.

They are very of their time and all the better for it, in order to remain authentic.
Great stories, world's away from our time and troubles.
always well narrated.

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  • Marina Johnson
  • 10-17-21

Loved it!

Shows how different cultures can affect our lives and attitudes if we allow them.

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  • NutwoodWanderer
  • 07-01-21

Slow first half, gets going in the second

This was a real slow one for me. Shute normally takes a while to get into, but this took longer than normal. The romance alluded to in the blurb only begins about 3-4 hours in.

The second half was more like the usually engaging Shute.

The narrator was generally good apart from a dodgy Scottish accent.

I probably won’t listen again.

Offence warning: very dated and frequent use of now-offensive language describing black and mixed race people.