• Beyond the Black Stump

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-01-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (14 ratings)


If somewhere is said to be 'beyond the black stump', it is in the deepest darkest wilds of the Australian outback. This is the sun-baked setting for Nevil Shute's novel of a romance that is tested by the differences between two young people's home lives. Stanton Laird is sent from his small town in America to work in a remote outpost in Western Australia. While out there he befriends the unconventional Regan family and falls in love with the daughter, Mollie. However, when Mollie travels to America to visit Stanton, the two realise that their differences in background make their plans for a future together difficult to envisage.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Fran Foster on 20-01-13

Boring Beyond Belief !!

Would you try another book from Nevil Shute and/or Laurence Kennedy?

Yes, but only after reading the printed version.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nevil Shute again?

Yes. I already own "A Town Like Alice" in my on-line library, and have thoroughly enjoyed it on more than one occasion.

What didn’t you like about Laurence Kennedy’s performance?

Actually his narration was good, considering the insufferable material he was reading.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None obvious to me ~~ perhaps Part 2 would reveal them to anyone interested enough to listen, but that person will not be this reader.

Any additional comments?

It is difficult to imagine this brilliant author creating such a vapid and insipid cast of characters as (1) Mollie ~~ who "took a first" at University ~~ in what? Her "higher" education is not further demonstrated, leaving the impression of an semi-illiterate, possession-hungry, magazine-reading, movie star-struck adolescent. (2) Stan ~~ please ~~ even the trained mouse had more personality. (3) The others ~~ my bet is that Mr. Shute didn't have to reach for his Thesaurus when using the word "lunatic" to describe the area housing these burlesque people.

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