January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as a specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.
As the young men set sail from a gloomy Britain on the verge of war, Jack feels the overwhelming excitement of not knowing what lies ahead. Little can he imagine the horrors that await him in their destination, Gruhuken, a place that cannot escape the savage echo of its past.
©2010 Michelle Paver (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited
Love epic fantasy, war stories, monsters, and zombies.
The author writes well, and the voice talent is perfectly capable. Nothing in this work draws attention to itself as being sub-standard. I'd probably try to author again, and definitely try the narrator again.
No, I wouldn't recommend it. I'd say,
I loved this audiobook! It's definitely one of my all time faves. The narrative was perfect & couldn't have been any better & the story was exactly what I like in a horror/thriller. I could really imagine everything that was said & I felt like I was there. Will check out the authors other books.
"A chilling tale"
A beautifully written adventure/horror story where the lines between sanity, madness and the paranormal are blurred. The narrator did an excellent portrayal of the main character and it was easy to get sucked into his reality as the plot developed.
Beautifully written and equally well narrated.
Haunting, mysterious and engaging. Eagerly anticipating each chapter as the story moved on.
"loved this book !"
The narration is perfect for this tale, suitably solemn-sounds like he was really there!
"Cold, Creepy, & Utterly Absorbing!!"
You know, I'm not the biggest fan of "ghost" stories, and so it was with some trepidation that I selected this. The story describes a mesmerising and, at times heart-wrenching account of a doomed 1937 three-man polar expedition to Gruhaken in Norway, a wilderness purported to be haunted by the malevolent spirit of a dead Norwegian trapper. The expedition proceeds reasonably well at first (weather readings, glacial research), but the real fun ensues when two team members are forced to withdraw because of illness to a town two days distant (by boat). Much of the story then focuses on the gradual emotional disintegration of Jack Miller, the team member forced to remain alone at the camp for several weeks of "endless night" in an effort to keep the expedition from failing. It is during this time that Jack experiences the haunting! The author's attention to detail - historical, geographical, and psychological - deserves much applause, as does the inspired choice of a first person narrative device (Jack Miller's diaries) to drive the story forward and keep the reader engaged. Jeremy Northam sets a wonderfully hallucinogenic narrative pace, very effectively projecting Miller's sense of creeping paranoia and ultimately, paralysing fear, that accompanies the everlasting winter darkness. In my view, the darkness is the real villain of this story. I mean, who isn't afraid of the dark, especially when there is no light to follow it?
I wish the language was a little more of its time as I really enjoyed the narrators 1940s / 50s accent at the start. I was really surprised how good the book was. Usually this type of book tapers off into something generic and boring. This kept me guessing. One of the best books I've listened to in ages and I get through a lot.
Stunning work of literature and suspense. Lost for words really and am not a fan of horror or crime genres usually or often left so in awe...highly recommended.
Narrator was excellent. Set the mood and brought the atmosphere to life. Creepy and original.
"Pretty good, reasonably scary"
Good story, sufficiently gay. Minus points for dogs dying and terrible pronounciation of Norwegian words. Inspired me to continue avoiding anything north of Bergen, which is probably a morally sound takeaway.
"Excellent delivery....of a fairly average story..."
I agree with the other reviewers, the delivery is excellent - the narrator even gets Northern Norwegian accents spot on!
But sadly, the story was a little too formulaic for me, and didn't seem quite as good as I hoped. Each to their own!
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