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.
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.