"Cold, Creepy, & Utterly Absorbing!!"
You know, I'm not the biggest fan of "ghost" stories, and so it was with some trepidation that I selected this. The story describes a mesmerising and, at times heart-wrenching account of a doomed 1937 three-man polar expedition to Gruhaken in Norway, a wilderness purported to be haunted by the malevolent spirit of a dead Norwegian trapper. The expedition proceeds reasonably well at first (weather readings, glacial research), but the real fun ensues when two team members are forced to withdraw because of illness to a town two days distant (by boat). Much of the story then focuses on the gradual emotional disintegration of Jack Miller, the team member forced to remain alone at the camp for several weeks of "endless night" in an effort to keep the expedition from failing. It is during this time that Jack experiences the haunting! The author's attention to detail - historical, geographical, and psychological - deserves much applause, as does the inspired choice of a first person narrative device (Jack Miller's diaries) to drive the story forward and keep the reader engaged. Jeremy Northam sets a wonderfully hallucinogenic narrative pace, very effectively projecting Miller's sense of creeping paranoia and ultimately, paralysing fear, that accompanies the everlasting winter darkness. In my view, the darkness is the real villain of this story. I mean, who isn't afraid of the dark, especially when there is no light to follow it?
I wish the language was a little more of its time as I really enjoyed the narrators 1940s / 50s accent at the start. I was really surprised how good the book was. Usually this type of book tapers off into something generic and boring. This kept me guessing. One of the best books I've listened to in ages and I get through a lot.
Stunning work of literature and suspense. Lost for words really and am not a fan of horror or crime genres usually or often left so in awe...highly recommended.
Narrator was excellent. Set the mood and brought the atmosphere to life. Creepy and original.
"Pretty good, reasonably scary"
Good story, sufficiently gay. Minus points for dogs dying and terrible pronounciation of Norwegian words. Inspired me to continue avoiding anything north of Bergen, which is probably a morally sound takeaway.
"Excellent delivery....of a fairly average story..."
I agree with the other reviewers, the delivery is excellent - the narrator even gets Northern Norwegian accents spot on!
But sadly, the story was a little too formulaic for me, and didn't seem quite as good as I hoped. Each to their own!
loved Jeremy Northams narration he brilliantly brought the cold and darkness to life, great book
"Well written and well narrated"
Historical horror/ghost story, no obvious anachronisms, really well done and very convincingly read. Well worth listening to if you fancy something like this.
"Boring. Never went anywhere"
Tedious. I was waiting for something to happen, a twist a turn a reveal. But nothing. Just a slow slog if a listen. I would not recommend.
"Very atmospheric and great story expertly read"
Great story which physically sent shivers down my spine , brilliantly read 10 stars not 5