An Old Captivity

  • by Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by Cameron Stewart
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Young pilot Donald Ross has little in common with the Oxford don who has employed him on an expedition to the Arctic - and still less with his beautiful but stubborn daughter, Alix. But once the three of them reach the treacherous shores of Greenland, their destinies are inextricably bound by the events that unfold there.
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

“Exhibits his talents at their provocative best” (New York Times)
"Nevil Shute's books always have a real hero... intensely romantic along with the realism, intensely real along with the romanticism, and peculiarly absorbing." (Sunday Times)


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Customer Reviews

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I found this story pointless. The characters were well drawn but the story went nowhere. I was very disappointed as I had read and enjoyed other works of his.
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- tony

For aviation enthusiasts!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am a fan of Nevil Shute but there is so much technical detail about airplanes and flying in the early chapters that the first part of this book drags a lot.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The "Old Captivity" section relating to the Viking past seems very much imposed on the story and the two parts, past and present, don't sit comfortably together.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reader is good when doing male voices (apart from the King of the Vikings who sounds like George Saunders playing Scar in the Lion King) but his female voices are really poor.

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

There is very little tension in the story so no, I would not.

Any additional comments?

Nevil Shute has written some fantastic books, A Town like Alice, On the Beach, Trustee from the Toolroom etc. Why are none of these available from Audible??

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- Patrick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios