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Most Secret

Auteur(s): Nevil Shute
Narrateur(s): Roger May
Durée: 13 h et 47 min
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It is the Second World War and France has fallen. In their trusty fishing boat, Genevieve, armed with only a flame-thrower and limited ammunition, a small group of officers and men take a stand against the might of the German army. This is classic Shute: a thrilling adventure about the heroism of ordinary men that will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering them on.

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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"A magnificent thrill; it is also a tale of character, for every member of the little ship's company is worth meeting. A book that should not be missed." ( Daily Telegraph)
"Mr. Shute's style is ideal for this kind of book. He revels in incident and he draws his people with loving care. Here, he's reminiscent of H.E. Bates at his best; that same ability to make you passionately interested in anything he's interested in, and to make the most outlandish happening seem credible his characters are so real." (Monica Dickens)
"Mr. Shute always has good things to offer...the power to convey the springs of heroic conduct in the lightest and least assuming of tones." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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  • Anniebligh
  • 2013-02-05

Censored for 3 years

A most interesting earlier Shute. Written in 1942 and kept under wraps till the end of WW11. Britian (and the Commonwealth and Territories) were 'on their own' and I expect it was written to inspire hope.

In this story Britian is getting ready for a German Invasion, many European people had escaped to England to support the war effort, and the German Army was heading into Russia.The Air raids on London had started.

This is a story of a commando raid proposed by a couple of Navy blokes who really want to do more and are supported by a third man (Army Intellegence) who privately wants to give hope to the people of Brittany.

It is a good story and, although perhaps based on Shute's knowlege and experience to some extent, it is written as popular fiction.

While Nevil Shute is better known for his later stories, 'On The Beach' and 'A Town like Alice' , this one sits well along with his 'Pied Piper' as good war time stories about individuals.

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  • David
  • 2013-08-19

I am a sucker for Neville Shute

If you could sum up Most Secret in three words, what would they be?

Best Shute Ever!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Neville Shute is a master of plot. You can feel the tension the war engendered in the English people. He masterfully weaves together sub plots which converge with great dramatic tension.

What about Roger May’s performance did you like?

Wait, What? ONE person narrated this? Every character was so distinctly voiced that the "narrator" disappeared.

If you could take any character from Most Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I heard ut awhile ago, and now don't remember the names. The young woman driver, though, seems very appealing.

Any additional comments?

Bravo!

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  • BikeMeister
  • 2013-02-11

Inimitable Nevil Shute Style

One of my favorite witers, Nevil Shute unfolds his story in an intelligent and unique manner. His historical and technical understanding and accuracy are superb as always.

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  • Reed
  • 2015-04-07

Neville Shute knew how to tell a story

I have to admit I I am a huge Neville Shute fan. Great literature? No. But he unselfconsciously tells compelling stories about decent, ordinary people doing extraordinary things. This is not quite on par with the Pied Piper, and not even close to his utterly unforgettable masterpiece A
Town like Alice, but I thoroughly enjoyed it even the second time I listened to it.

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  • Will
  • 2014-03-28

Not recommended

Some of Nevil Shute's best work, including A Town Like Alice, Pied Piper and even Requiem for a Wren, opens our eyes to life in wartime in a quiet, devastating, and remarkably balanced way. But this book, written in the early years of WWII (finished in 1942 but censored until 1945), lacks the balance of hindsight and falls into overheated—literally, since it deals with the development and use of flamethrower guns—semi-propaganda. The narrative device of introducing each officer's backstory in turn is simplistic and unsatisfying, and their suffering, however sad, never seems to equate, for modern listeners, to the glee they take in raining acid death down on every German they can. Nuance is abandoned, not just by a weirdly bloodthirsty French priest, but even by the supposedly-objective narrator. Gruesome and flat, not recommended unless you want a cartoon look at how the English viewed the Germans in 1942.

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  • Tim
  • 2019-09-10

Outstanding novel.

This is a terrific book, written by a master craftsman at the top of his game. And the narration is one of the best I have encountered - Roger May does an outstanding job of giving each character a subtly unique voice.

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  • MikeFarr
  • 2019-06-04

Ordinary people, extraordinary times, no easy answers

No cliches, no magic, no superpowers, no ulterior moralizing. Shute manages interesting, real people making a noble go at life. The characters are so touching and personal you will find yourself being touched by something quite different from what someone else who is listening to it with you is.

The narration is astounding! The American, British, and French characters!

  • Au global
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  • Robert E. Wakefield
  • 2018-02-21

Shute does it again

Loved it. Shute is a master at taking ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and drawing you in to their performance. Enjoyed it very much. Thanks

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  • Book lover
  • 2016-06-24

Good narrator

Would you try another book from Nevil Shute and/or Roger May?

I may only because I thoroughly enjoyed Nevil Shute's "Trustee from the Toolroom"

Would you be willing to try another book from Nevil Shute? Why or why not?

Perhaps as I did like another of his books.

Have you listened to any of Roger May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I recall.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

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  • Bond James Bond
  • 2015-03-21

not as good as Shute's others

I was very impressed with Shute's On the Beach, Pied Piper, A Town Like Alice, Round the Bend. This book, while better than a lot I've tried, isn't as good as the 4 I listened to before.