The Rainbow and the Rose

  • by Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by Robin Kermode
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Johnny Pascoe attempts to rescue a sick girl from the Tasmanian outback, his plane crashes, leaving him dangerously injured. Ronnie Clarke, who was trained by Pascoe, endeavours to fly a doctor in to help but this proves more difficult than he imagined.
As he waits overnight at Pascoe's house, preparing to try again the following day, Clarke revisits the past of this unusual man - and reveals the shocking and tragic secrets that have influenced his life.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).


What the Critics Say

"That supreme storyteller, Nevil Shute..." (The Times)
"Shute was a brilliant storyteller and terrific example for any writer." (Gerald Seymour, Express)
"Nevil Shute made me yearn for a faithful, plodding, Shute-type of man. I imagined us trekking across the Australian outback, finding a run-down hamlet, and then transforming it together until death or flood parted us." (Sue Townshed, The Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Another winner

Many yers ago I started reading Nevil Shute's books and have therefore enjoyed them for fifty years. This one somehow slipped thro my reading list so it was with great pleasure that I was able to hear it. The story has 'dated' slightly but is all the more pleasurable for it. The narration was superb and made the most of a great story. Not to be missed.
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- PatatBriz

Good but not great

I am a fan of Nevil Shute because he is a master story teller. However, although it was very good, this book did not really tick all of the boxes for me. There were two issues. First, the story was a little to prosaic for me, which is really more a reflection of my own tastes than a criticism of the author, as I normally go for who-done-it mysteries that require more suspension of disbelief than necessary with this book. Second, I found the changes between the two central characters were sometimes a bit 'clunky'. Nevertheless it was a well written book and if you like 'realistic' stories that follow peoples lives and their experiences. And if you are interested in books that give sharp insights into the values and social norms during the first half of the 20th century then you will probably like this.
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- Mark H

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios