I have not read the first book in the series "Gorky Park", but was able to thoroughly enjoy "Polar Star" anyhow. It was very, very good and I enjoyed the author's character development, particularly of the main character, Moscow investigator Renko.
Martin Cruz Smith is an excellent writer. When you put that together with the brilliant narrator, Frank Muller, you've got perfection. I look forward to reading all of the books in the series.
For those of you who suffer from insomnia...this is the novel for you. It will put you to sleep in no time. I suffered through the fisrt half of the story, where the author informed the listerner of all the gory details of catching, cleaning fish and deaing with, 'slime. Now and then, he inserted the actual storyline of the mysterious death of a female employee aboard the ship. Nevertheless, I stuck with the reading for as long as I could and just gave up. In my opinion, this was a waste of my time.
I bought this book years ago from Recorded books in CDs. I love this book and got it on the Bogo so I could have it on my mini. Martin Cruz Smith can write prose that can be read as a form of poetry. Frank Muller can move that effort to music. There is a clarity of reason and purpose in this book mixed with desperation. The characters seem self aware and vivid and the language gorgeous. It is my favorite audio book. I like Red Square as well and love Havana Bay. Without Frank Muller to move the language to music something is lost in the other books. While I still love the series and buy them, the ones Frank Muller recorded are the best. I recognize that the stories are in some ways dated, however, the performance in the language and narration are timeless.
The narration and story in this one is very good to excellent. However Renko's credibility is bit undermined by inconsistent behavior in his dealings with people and situations.. Primarily this involves his reactions in dealing with one particular character and is not as much a problem for the story a gripe about consistency. I believe the author sort of forced this onto the story so he could fashion the end as he wanted and not as the story would have played out on its own/. I don't want to give anything away so I will leave it at that. Still worth reading just not up to the standards of the other Renko novels I have read. For others I would have given the story 4 stars, because it is a great story, but based upon what I expect from Smith, - but Smith I rate according to what I expect and this is 3 star story for him.
This is an interesting story. you can read all the accolades others have wroet. I will say I did not find the book to be great as some have said. I found the authors style difficult to stay with, but patience did pay off... Not for everyone but worth a try!!!
I enjoy historical studies and period pieces, especially works historical fiction pertaining to the American Civil War, WWI and WWII.
Great character development. In my opinion this is a more enjoyable storyline than some other of Cruz Smith's books. The characters are rich and the plot line is revealing and satisfying in the end. Another excellent work that is superbly performed.
Bought this one based only on glowing reviews (and being a Muller fan). Definitely not disappointed. Really interesting locale and premise.
Simply put - great read, great reader.
Finding out about the way of life in the Russia fishing industry. It is interesting how fish are harvested.
An interesting, compelling storyline - although the plot did seem to be a little stretched out at times. A good read.
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.