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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (429 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nevil Shute Narrator: John Telfer Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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When Tom Cutter hires Constantine Shaklin as an engineer in his air-freight business, he little realises the extraordinary gifts of his new recruit. Shaklin possesses a religious power which inspires everyone he meets to a new faith and hope for humanity. As Cutter's business grows across Asia, so does Shaklin's fame, until he is widely regarded as a unifying deity. Though he struggles to believe Shaklin is indeed divine, Cutter too finds solace in his friend's teachings, and commits to passing on his message.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Reeve | 2/16/2014

    " Wonderful story about England and the Middle East and a tale of mysticism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 2/12/2014

    " Wonderful read, in Shute's methodical style. Yes, it gets a little spiritual, but that rings true. I had an engineer friend who worked on projects in east Africa. The town used to gather in silence to watch him practice tai chi in the morning, because they thought he must be a holy man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Puskas | 2/7/2014

    " One of nevil Shute's very best, right up there with "A Town Like Alice" and "In the Wet". While the story takes place in the world of men and avaition, as is the case with so much that Shute wrote, it also ventures quite far into the realm of the spiritual and the profound impact that exposure to middle east and south asian cultures can have upon "western" man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Engel | 1/5/2014

    " Nevil Shute (On the Beach) is a master story teller. While the tale begins slowly, it develops into a masterful story very worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvor | 1/5/2014

    " Nevil Shute is one of my favorite authors. Round the Bend is an adventure/romance novel set in the first half of the 20th Century. It explores the themes of friendship, the early days of civil aviation, discrimination & prejudice, and how humanity might respond to a new Prophet or Manifestation were he to appear in the middle of the 20th century. My personal preference is the unabridged audiobook version. But Nevil Shute is not a difficult author to read and I am sure my friends would enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry Tegner | 12/27/2013

    " I was really quite moved by this book. But the perspective is one of its time - can one imagine today a non-Muslim teaching Muslims about their faith? But this sort of theme is what gives the books its charm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mhbright | 11/25/2013

    " Nevil Shute at his best: wonderful story and wonderful characters. What a joy to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 10/29/2013

    " Like his other novels, this is very interesting, epic in scope, and a pleasure to read. It deals with airplanes, life, love, and religion--you could say that it's got it all. I prefer A Town Like Alice, but this is a close second. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marybeth | 10/20/2013

    " A whole new way of looking at how G*d happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Frances | 10/18/2013

    " I love Neville Shute. His tone and characters appeal to me. This book is unusual in that it has a spiritual theme. Shute's recreation of post-war, post-colonial England, and his appreciation of Asia and it's people is so rich. This was an audio book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 8/13/2013

    " This is a mesmerizing tale of East meets West. This is the second time I've read this book and I realized during this reading what a fantastic story-teller Mr. Shute was. I highly, highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geoff Canyon | 1/4/2013

    " One of my all-time favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peregrina651 | 6/28/2012

    " Loved it!! I love reading books written 50 years ago because they are history as much as fiction--the story is fiction but the details are history--before cell phones, before Women's Lib and Civil Rights and even political correctness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Burkhalter | 2/16/2012

    " An airplane mechanic and pilot goes to the Arabian Gulf to seek his fortune after World War II. He reunites with an old friend...who may be the next Enlightened One...who is also and airplane mechanic. This is a thought-provoking book by a writer whose work has influenced me in many ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 12/3/2011

    " Randomly chosen to be book 36 of 2012. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 8/24/2011

    " This remains one of my favorite of Shute's books, and highly recommended to anyone thinking about starting a business (regardless of discipline) or a religion. I would place it well before almost any (other) book on how to manage teams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 7/19/2011

    " The story of the second-coming of the Messiah, in the form of an aircraft mechanic who preaches the doctrine of preforming excellent work as a form of salvation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 10/20/2010

    " Interesting book. The characters were easy to identify with and the story line was thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg Lotvin | 5/5/2010

    " Another fine story about an aircraft mechanic in the Far East whose devotion to his work makes him a kind of messiah to ones who know him. Shute manages to make a thrilling story every time he writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 5/1/2010

    " Another fine story about an aircraft mechanic in the Far East whose devotion to his work makes him a kind of messiah to ones who know him. Shute manages to make a thrilling story every time he writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/18/2009

    " This is a mesmerizing tale of East meets West. This is the second time I've read this book and I realized during this reading what a fantastic story-teller Mr. Shute was. I highly, highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marybeth | 3/28/2009

    " A whole new way of looking at how G*d happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/10/2008

    " Interesting book. The characters were easy to identify with and the story line was thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 6/10/2008

    " The story of the second-coming of the Messiah, in the form of an aircraft mechanic who preaches the doctrine of preforming excellent work as a form of salvation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 1/8/2008

    " Wonderful read, in Shute's methodical style. Yes, it gets a little spiritual, but that rings true. I had an engineer friend who worked on projects in east Africa. The town used to gather in silence to watch him practice tai chi in the morning, because they thought he must be a holy man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/3/2008

    " This remains one of my favorite of Shute's books, and highly recommended to anyone thinking about starting a business (regardless of discipline) or a religion. I would place it well before almost any (other) book on how to manage teams. "

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About the Author
Author Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute (1899–1960) was an English novelist who wrote twenty-three novels and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia. He used his full name, Nevil Shute Norway, in his engineering career, and Nevil Shute as his pen name to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels. He is most well-known for his novels On the Beach, a novel about post–nuclear war which is taught in high schools around the country and which was twice made into a movie, and A Town Like Alice, which was filmed as well as serialized for Australian television and dramatized for BBC radio, winning a Sony Award in 1998.

About the Narrator

John Telfer is best known for playing the character of Willy Pettit in five seasons of Bergerac. He has appeared many times in various television dramas, while his parallel theatrical career has involved him in leading roles at the Bristol Old Vic, the Royal National Theatre, the Old Vic in London, and many regional theaters. He has made hundreds of radio broadcasts, and he plays the part of Alan, the vicar, in The Archers.