Polar Star is a very interesting tale of intrigue and murder during the soviet years. As usual Frank Muller's narration is superb.
The narrator made this book come alive. I realized I was on the edge of my car's seat listening to the action unfold.
The main character, Renko, was voiced so well it's easy to feel you are on the ship and a part of the investigation.
The entire book is paced so well, with a dynamic flow that reminds one of the movement of a ship on water. It is descriptive in such a way that you envision the reality Cruz Smith invented.
More detail on comercial fishing than one might realize they wanted to know, lots of Russian cultural insight... a bit drawn out, but fun to listen to.
Amazing Reader! Amazing Story 5 STARS - I had heard this was suberb and I concur! I could listen to it all over again :)
His voices is incredible! Brings the story to life!
Really disliked the reader. Ruined the book for me. He over dramatized the writing. If the book had been read by a good reader, I would have finished it.
Maybe it was all of the russian names, the narration in an american accent with a russian cast of characters, or the unrealistic plot. This is just an average audiobook. Not terrible and I have been through a bunch of those. But would I recommend this book, only if you are a Martin Cruz Smith fan. Frank Muller is a great narrator but somehow he missed it on this one. His narration seemed a little slow and at no time did I feel I was on a russian ship. A risky use of a credit.
speed it up it just bored me to tears and sleep love frank muller tho
dead girl, the rest of the book seemed confusing with an investigation that didn't go any where
the end, when the dude jumps in a hole in the bearing sea and swims away
the middle was jumbled the Russian names seemed to similar or something because I found my self day dreaming
good beginning, muddled middle, good ending frank muller is awesome Gotta be one of the best narrators out there!
I think I would benefit from reading Gorky Park first - there were characters and relationships that made little sense to me without the back story. It was somewhat slow as there was a body - but you really didn't care about her any more by the end than the beginning. There were a lot of characters and sometimes hard to follow - but throughout the story, many characters kept asking the investigator "who cares" and to a large degree I felt the same way.
The narrator did not work for me - spoke and hissed with too much intensity for what should have been nearly transitory scenes. Always seemed to be trying to keep a sanguine plot edgy but think it served more to detract than ad to any drama.
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.
I read the reviews and thought maybe I have found a new fav author but I'm more than 2 hours in and I am so deadly bored I can't stand it. I don't care about any of these people and I sure as heck don't care about Russia. Dismal, bleak, and boring as hell.
I guess, maybe, who the hell knows.