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  • Pastoral

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)

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Summary

During the Second World War, Peter Marshall's crew is one of the most successful bombing teams at their Oxfordshire airbase. However, when Peter falls in love with a young WAAF officer, his concentration begins to suffer and it looks as though his perfect run of missions - and his life - may be threatened.

Nevil Shute Norway (17 January 1899 - 12 January 1960) was a popular British-Australian novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons, but after the conflict he continued to write and settled in Australia where he lived until his death on 12 January 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), No Highway (1948), A Town Like Alice (1950) and On the Beach (1957).

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Critic reviews

"One of the happiest books which war has called into being." (Sunday Times)

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Wonderful story, wonderfully read.

One of my favourite books, beautifully read. Highly recommended. Shute is a much underated writer now-perhaps perceived as a little old-fashioned but good story telling is never out of fashion. The reader was excellent. The accents good. The pace perfect.

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Brilliant- one of his best

I was in the edge of my seat listening to this. It was so well written that I actually felt I was on board a flight with the RAF crew. One of the best stories I’ve heard.

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Straightforward romance

This was a simple WW2 romance written by somebody who knew well the air force environment that forms the context of the story. I’d guess Shute was a freshwater fisherman too. I enjoyed the narration though the move from one chapter to another was too abrupt and the lines of verse before each chapter began were a little tiresome, in my opinion.

It was a simple easy to listen to romance and I enjoyed the time it took to listen to it.

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I haven't listened to a bad Nevil Shute Book.

I started with A Town Called Alice and have been picking my way through books by the same author. The narration is always spot on with decent accents that don't detract from the storyline. I've seen others comment on them being a bit dated, but they are very of their time and totally in keeping with that in every sense. For me this adds to the authenticity of the story.
this was a great story, very immersive.

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Heartwarming

Probably showing my age but this is a seriously heartwarming story of two thoroughly decent young people falling in love while serving at an active RAF airfield during WW2.
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Brave lads

it makes you realise just how young and brave the WW2 pilots were. Great story and well described bombing missions.

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Action packed but gentle

This book is beautifully written and read. It gives a wonderfully descriptive picture of what it was like on an RAF Bomber station during WW2 and just how young everyone was.

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Attraction

extremely well narrated just the correct tone of voice, pace , and intonation - great love interest - told realistically but with warmth and desire befitting the times

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More love story than war story.

In my opinion, Neville Shute is underappreciated as an author. He is a master storyteller.

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Simple Good Story

Really liked this book. Typical Nevil Shute book- good simple story, told with good simple words and no swearing at all - new writers take note. Nevil Shute does not need fill the pages up with barely literate dialogue and lots of swear words just to make enough pages to make up some sort of book. He is an Author in the true sense of the word.

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Truly wonderful book

The writing is very good, narration terrific and the story holds you to the very end. It is gentle, nail biting, romantic, and wonderfully evocative of its time. I loved it.

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