Enjoying one good listen after the next!
While some reviewers call this book the "best ever" and others described it as "plodding" the best I can offer is somewhere in between these two dichotomies. Far from the best I've listened to, but certainly not plodding or boring, this book just didn't hit the four or five star mark with me. It seemed to have the same tone throughout. . . no urgency, no drama, really very little suspense. You don't even smell the fish!
What I did like about it was the description of life on a fish processing vessel and the then-Russian perspectives about communism and the contrasting American way of life. It is a bit grim, laden with grey skies and even darker dispositions of a sultry and homicidal crew. Renko is the hero and does a fine job moving from the slime line to the role of homicide detective.
Just an average mystery listen from my view.
The story is dated (Soviet Union) but still intriguing, mostly I think because of the confined and isolated setting - on a fishing factory ship in the Bearing Sea
There were unexpected turns, but not edge-of-your-seat action
The narration was the weakest point, in my opinion, as the accents the reader took on as various characters slipped a little. Still good narration, but not great.
No, I can't imagine any book I'd want to spend 10-12 hours in one sitting listening to.
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.
I would recommend this book to anyone to read - it has strong plot line and keeps you guessing all the way, and as you listen you can imagine Russia, its culture and the people as if you can seem them in front of you.
Arkady Renko is my favorite character - he is a stoic man, "old" russian to the bone, and he stands by the truth. He is never ruffled or crass, or unnecessarily violent - he is an investigator with principles. And no matter how hard his lot, he makes his way through life without complaining - and he is a very astute investigator.
I really enjoyed this book. No one reads a book better than the late Frank Muller. I am looking forward listening to other works by Mr. Smith. BTW, thanks for the sale, I got this title at a great price. :-)
Kind of reminded me of Lawrence Sanders work, only a little more gritty.
He brings everything to the story that reading can't offer. His sence of timing and pure passion comes through and it's effortless.
No, I need time to process the story, and see if I can work out which way the author is going to go next.
Thank you Audible, I've been listening for years now, will most likely forevermore.
Narrator is very good. Story is very good too. You know exactly what it must be like on a fishing vessel in the freezing cold!
Spies meet detective
The setting (almost entirely aboard ship) requires extra attention from the listener, and it makes the action more vivid.
The various Russian and American accents bring the characters to life.
No, but I couldn't wait to keep listening.
Just about as good as it gets for an audiobook.
It was a good listen. It keep my attention. This was my first Martin Cruz Smith book. I intend to get Gorky Park next. I usually read a series in order.
The scene at the autopsy.The ells was not something I would forget quickly.
The trip across the frozen sea between the Russian and the American ships
Yes I would do that if it were a option for me.
Yes. It was a detail oriented story that is very different than the run of the mill crime novel
I have not listened to his books before.
Pretty good reader. Keeps you engaged.