Is there some way that Nautilus can be made to select multiple files as a Rectangle-select action of the mouse (Lassoo style) in the list view? Compact and Icons view work ok.
I don't think this is possible because of the nature of this view.
However: to select multiple files I suggest you learn the Shift keyboard shortcut for selecting files "in a row" and Ctrl for selecting individual files "all over the place" as it were. You'll quickly pick these up.
This is a highly commented bug (see bug report link from htorque above) for which it appears a Nautilus developer is active in.
However it seems it is not a bug that is likely to be resolved anytime soon, this is a dissapointing shock that the Gnome file manager is crippled in what seems a basic function!
There appears to be a preliminary Patch fix
but I have no idea how to use it!
It is a shame that such a condesending response has been given (above by fluteflute) when clearly there is a genuine issue with Nautilus, I guess using Thunar is another possible alternitive as lassoo selection in List View in Thunar (and probably other File managers too)