• Landfall

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Chris Rowe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Jerry Chambers, a fresh-faced young pilot, mistakenly sinks a British submarine, he is punished with a remote posting to test an experimental new bomb; a dangerous mission far away from the girl he loves. While Jerry risks his life, his sweetheart Mona sets about clearing her lover's name... but will she be too late?

©2012 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The story has pace and excitement, unforced sentiment and wholly unaffected gaiety... Alive, humourous and finely restrained in feeling throughout; thrilling and eloquent." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"An admirably good story, full of drama and good humour." ( Evening Standard)
"Direct, simple, wholly free from highfalutin nonsense and entirely charming." ( Daily Mail)

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A charming love story

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

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A story of love, triumph and fortitude.

This is a beautiful story of young people wanting to be the best that they can be and fighting love amongst each other. It is a story of Justice. the narrator was great with his British accent I couldn't stop listening to it. I finish this book in less than a week. You won't be disappointed.

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Great Story Of God's Justice

Nevil Shutes spins another great tale. The story tells of God's justice even during time of war.

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feel good ending

I've noticed that a lot of Shute's books (except for On The Beach) have a feel good ending. They're all good solid 4 star stories, and all have good narrators.

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Perfect Listen for a Road Trip

I was happy to find this audible version so we listened to this for a road trip. It's not easy to find books my husband and I both enjoy. Nevil Shute so often does the trick and this is one we both really liked. The less you know about the plot the better. Suffice it to say that Nevil Shute loves airplanes and submarines and all sorts of boats. And gadgets. So this is a theme along with "boy meets girl".
It's not so much the story as the way Nevil Shute tells the story. Things unfold very carefully and in a way that is just so well written. I also just loved the narrator, Chris Rowe.

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You can figure out the mystery pretty quickly

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.

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One of his best!

I have close to fifteen of Nevil Shutes Audible books. 'I would put 'Landfall' easily in my five fav list. If you're interested in WWII from a British perspective, Shutes work is a must. If I could give the reader, Chris Rowe, more than five stars I would. He's really good at his craft!

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Page turning

Chris Rowe's narration is superb and the story is captivating as the mystery unravels. The plot gradually moves toward a crescendo of resolution and the ending is a brain stretcher.

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  • Catriona
  • 06-29-15

Well worth a listen

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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  • helen
  • 12-31-21

A Good Book

I remembered seeing the film version of this book after I had bought it. I very much prefer the book version. If you have seen the film, I recommend you do listen to this audio book. The narration is steady and good.

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  • Mike T.
  • 07-02-22

Presently...

An unobtrusive and simple story with likeable characters. Wartime fluff almost in spite of the drama. Nothing to dislike though, apart from Shute's annoying penchant for the word "presently".
Narration is very good.

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  • marie utting-brown
  • 03-07-20

perfect.

was perfect for a day Ill in bed. was looking for something not too taxing but interesting. am a fan of Nevil white and this was delightfully narrated. an easy take to keep up with..

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  • seaswale
  • 09-15-17

Right up there

From all-time favourite read to all-time farourite listen. A real treat awaits your ears with thus.

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  • Kazablanka
  • 12-03-19

Kazablanka

Feel good story, competently constructed, great characters, excellent pacing. Very well told. Difficult to put down.

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  • jocelyn
  • 05-25-15

The master at work

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.