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
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Was recommended this novel by a friend and was a bit cynical - but wow - loved it - draws you in, slowly, to a genuinely creepy atmosphere -and by the end I was unableto switch off - I had to know what happened - great audiobook too - reallysympathetic and nuanced performance by the narrator! highly recommended if you liked things like the Woman In Black!
"Lonlieness in Darkness"
Entertaining mystery / horror fiction. Good flow. Suitable length. The main features are the environment and psychology of a man in isolation in true cold darkness.
kind of a homage to true and fictional Arctic stories.
For me it was good entertainment, good drive. But no real lasting value or impact.
When I first heard the sample of this book on the website I was not sure. However once I started the book I could not stop my self from playing it. I just wanted to hear more. The book is very well written and keeps you on edge for long periods of time. The narrator is brilliant and I will be looking for more work by him. A true 5 star recording that you will love.
Enjoyed the story and the narration - gripping enough to keep me listening. Worth downloading.
Michelle Paver conjures up a claustrophobic, chilling and incredibly engaging tale. Yet it's all done with such an economy of words that there's as little fat in the plot as there is on the whale bones that feature so prominently within it.
This is a really frightening tale. It transports you to a world of ice and butal behavior exploring the position of outsiders to the group. Well worth listening to.
I have a lot of audiobooks in my collection (they help me work) but this is the first I have listened to over and over again.
The story is brilliant - evocative and creepy - but the reader is so good I felt drawn into the story from the start and couldn`t stop listening. This is one of very few audiobooks I constantly revisit. Well worth buying.
"Dark but slow"
A slow start. There are good description of the bleakness and loneliness of the arctic. There are some frights, but they are more atmospheric than shocking. Overall it lacked the punch I was expecting.
"A bit disappointing"
I really enjoyed the Wolf Brother series and was hoping to enjoy this more than I did. It was okay but didn't really seem to get going. As in Wolf Brother, the magic is mostly suggested and imagined. The writing was clear and engaging but I found the book a little depressing. If you are looking for something upbeat and exciting this isn't it, but it is quite thought provoking.
"Stunning atmospheric horror"
Simply the best audio book I've ever listened to, in fact I've listened twice already. It's so well written and narrated it stays with you for days after finishing it. The characters are brilliant especially Jack the main character, and the setting is so isolated and creepy it chills you to the bone. Can't recommend this highly enough. If you like stories of any kind you need to get this in your life.
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