• An Old Captivity

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-11-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (33 ratings)


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).
©2012 Nevil Shute (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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Critic reviews

“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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2 out of 5 stars
By tony on 03-02-15


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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3 out of 5 stars
By Patrick on 25-10-15

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 07-01-14

Nevil, Were You Called To Dinner?

I love Nevil Shute's books. I thoroughly enjoyed In Old Captivity up until the ending. My goodness, what an ending dear Nevil came up with for this book. The story line was flowing along, building upon growing relationships and trust between the main characters and then . . . apparently Mr. Shute had a deadline to meet, or a dinner growing cold. Instead of seeing the storyline through, the author seemed to write a quick, silly, ending to In Old Captivity. Still, up until that point, the book was another good read (or listen) by the great writer.

The narrator, Cameron Stewart, has a fine male voice. His "female" voice sounds a bit like your Uncle Fred imitating your grandmother. It's a little annoying at first but it doesn't take away from the overall narration. (Luckily there are few females in the story)

Would I recommend In Old Captivity? For those of us that are Nevil Shute fans - yes. However this book is not a good choice to introduce or intice readers to Nevil Shute. Of the 7 books written by Nevil Shute that I've read so far, In Old Captivity was my least favorite. That being said, I'm still a great fan of Shute's writing and glad I read In Old Captivity.

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5 out of 5 stars
By K. E. Kummant on 24-12-12

Another fascinating and uplifting Shute book

Where does An Old Captivity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Can't say, was my first one. Felt like listening to a friend.

What did you like best about this story?

The sympathetic characters

Which scene was your favorite?

The little incideent during the first mooring of the plane

If you could take any character from An Old Captivity out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The pilot His undoncitional devotion to his profession indpires deep respect

Any additional comments?

Again, Shute does not only entertain. He introduces you to a new world of facts and gives you lkong lasting memories.

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