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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (319 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevil Shute Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is the wet season in the Australian outback. Drunk and delirious, an old ex-pilot known as “Pisspot Stevie” lies dying in a remote cabin in the Queensland bush. When a priest named Roger Hargreaves comes upon him, Stevie is smoking opium to relieve the pain of his last moments. The priest listens as Stevie, in an opium-fueled haze, begins to describe a very different life he once lived—not in the past, but decades in the future, as a mixed-race aviator who finds love and glory in service to the Queen.

After Stevie’s death, as Hargreaves tries to sort dream from reality, he makes discoveries that cause him to wonder if he has been granted a glimpse beyond the veil.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shute is an honest, exciting adventure writer who blends narrative gift with a fine power of description. [In the Wet] exhibits his talents at their provocative best.”

    New York Times

  • “A novelist of intelligent and engaging quality, deservedly popular…Nevil Shute was, in brief, the sort of novelist who genuinely touches the imagination and feeling.”

    Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 1/16/2014

    " I ve read this three times now and i enjoy it more each time. Some of the story is rather confusing on first reading but Nevil anticipates a lot of the future with surprising foresight! Like all Nevil Shute books it is a really good story which keeps you guessing right up to the last minute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Curtiss | 10/2/2013

    " A glance into the future of the British Empire using an airmail pilot as a spiritual "medium". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vicki Seaman | 9/13/2012

    " very enjoyable. Interesting characters and setting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bea Alden | 7/5/2012

    " This book was a great hit, when Nevil Shute was at the height of popularity as an author. It's a wonderful adventure story set in Australia and in England. There's a supernatural element, as well - it's curious to see how Nevil Shute, writing in 1953, thought the world would have changed by 1980. "

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