Customer Reviews


48 Reviews
5 star:
 (37)
4 star:
 (9)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Words to Live By
This was Neville Shute's final novel, and perhaps derives much of its mood due to this. Best known for the depressing nuclear holocaust story On the Beach, Shute wrote this as a celebration of the simple pleasures in life. The protagonist Keith is an unassuming, married, but childless, middle-aged man living in suburban London (Ealing) with his working wife. He has...
Published on 6 Jan 2001 by A. Ross

versus
1.0 out of 5 stars Ordered this book after enjoying 'A Town Like Alice', but so disappointed
Ordered this book after enjoying 'A Town Like Alice', but so disappointed. Only part way through 38%, & finding it tedious & boring. The whole book has been about sailing terms, radio communication conversations .. Delta, Roger, etc. & the intricacies of a first plane flight. The character may be unworldly & may never have been on a plane before (yes I get it), but the...
Published 24 days ago by Nici B.


Most Helpful First | Newest First

1.0 out of 5 stars Ordered this book after enjoying 'A Town Like Alice', but so disappointed, 6 Aug 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Trustee from the Toolroom (Vintage Classics) (Kindle Edition)
Ordered this book after enjoying 'A Town Like Alice', but so disappointed. Only part way through 38%, & finding it tedious & boring. The whole book has been about sailing terms, radio communication conversations .. Delta, Roger, etc. & the intricacies of a first plane flight. The character may be unworldly & may never have been on a plane before (yes I get it), but the rest of us have .... when is the story going to start ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Engineers delight, 20 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Trustee from the Toolroom (Vintage Classics) (Kindle Edition)
This story is full of facts an engineer would appreciate and descriptions of engineering techniques most non engineers would understand. The principle person in the story just an ordinary modest guy that 90% of the population could identify with which makes the story so readable. A story which will remain in the subconscious mind for ever.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars a feel good from the fifties, 9 Jun 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Trustee from the Toolroom (Vintage Classics) (Kindle Edition)
When Keith Stewart a model engineer, has to travel half way around the world after disaster befalls his close family he discovers that he has more friends than he ever imagined to help him
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars K D Preston, 30 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Thoroughly brought back memories of how books used to be written, and this is probably the very best he wrote.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars First rate, 12 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Trustee from the Toolroom (Vintage Classics) (Kindle Edition)
Why the rating? Just read it; it's something everyone should read. A story of a little man, someone seemingly insignificant, who turns out to be very intelligent and admired by a wide variety of influential people; and in his own way, a man of action.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars A sailors yarn, 8 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Found this book a little technical but my husband loved it. Always find Nevil Shute a good writer, clear and to the point. Cannot understand why he has fallen out of fashion.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


3.0 out of 5 stars Well written, 8 Jan 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book is well written and enjoyable. At times it is very technical but I skimmed these and didn't detract from the story. Felt the ending was a little flat and had expected something dramatic to happen. However a satisfying read from an author who was very popular in the 60s and 70s.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites., 17 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is one of my all time favourite books. I bought it as a birthday present for my brother, who loved it.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever, 6 July 2013
By 
P. Gilbert "Unifier" (Rotherham, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Trustee from the Toolroom (Vintage Classics) (Kindle Edition)
Read this book about 50 years ago, and the name Solomon P Hirzhorn came to mind a few weeks ago. Just had to reorder the book to enjoy this beautiful story once again.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage, 24 Jun 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Nevil Shute Norway remains as my favourite author of all time. After reading 'In The Wet' & 'Pied Piper' I was completely hooked.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews