An interesting, compelling storyline - although the plot did seem to be a little stretched out at times. A good read.
The Fishing Industry of the Soviets was most interesting. The least interesting was some of the villans.
Good characters. Good voice.
It could. I was expecting a little more intrigue like Gorky Park.
Books are windows into other worlds--and listening is my favorite way to get there!
The sequel to Gorky Park is really an interesting book, and deserves the high praise from most reviewers. I liked it through the slow first chapters, and then loved it through the main part of the story, but was so disappointed at the end.
Although the main plot centers around the death of a beautiful worker on the ship named Zina (was she murdered or did she commit suicide?) - there are many sub plots. As the only one on board who has any investigative experience, Arkady is pulled off the "slime line" to find out what happened. However, he has run into a former bad guy who he had previously helped put behind bars, and this part of the story didn't ring true to me. I just didn't buy the conclusion of what happened with him. I don't want to say more, as it would spoil the end, but I wonder if any other reviewers felt the same way?
Frank Muller does an excellent job of narrating, which made listening to the book a real joy.
Yes, with reservation. The story slow to develop and built around one incident early in book.
He was unable to capture the multiple characters for me. but the reading was not dull.
not at all.
The story all occured on a vessel with recurruing over hashing of similar facts.
The ending was less than hoped for after such a long story.
The plot set up has so much potential - disgraced former criminal investigator exiled onto a Russian factory ship in the Bering Strait, murder, Americans, spies, snow and ice, lots of fish - but somehow it doesn't really grip as well as it should. 3 star overall and in my case, one of those stories that just holds you just about enough not to give up, but no more.
Just couldn't get to a part that grabbed my interest. I thought the main story was going to be off the ship. I couldn't find a single character that I liked.
I'm not blaming the author, but I had a little bit of a problem picturing the boat scenes.
That he was an agent before and now he is working as a fisherman.
No I have not
No, I just wanted to finish it and listen to something different.
No so many Russian names
I don't know
I liked the narrator
I don't know
I had a very hard time figuring out who was who from the names.
Polar Star features the same detective from Gorky Park: Arkady Renko. This time he’s working on the “slime line” of a fish-processing ship in the Bering Sea, and is called into action to investigate the murder of a fellow crewmember. I found the description of life on the ship very interesting, but I wasn’t all that taken with the actual plot. The narration was good.
I thought the story was very intersting and the narration was done very well. It held my interest and I found myself wanting to listen more which is always a good sign.