A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp, and highly original tale that grips like a thriller.
Behold the man: stinking, drunk, and brutal. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the arctic circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.
In India, during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which man can stoop. He had hoped to find temporary respite on the Volunteer, but rest proves impossible with Drax on board. The discovery of something evil in the hold rouses Sumner to action. And as the confrontation between the two men plays out amid the freezing darkness of an arctic winter, the fateful question arises: Who will survive until spring?
With savage, unstoppable momentum and the blackest wit, Ian McGuire's The North Water weaves a superlative story of humanity under the most extreme conditions.
©2016 Ian McGuire (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
"The North Water...is a great white shark of a book - swift, terrifying, relentless and unstoppable." (The New York Times)
"Riveting and darkly brilliant.... The North Water feels like the result of an encounter between Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy in some run-down port as they offer each other a long, sour nod of recognition." (The New York Times Book Review)
"[An] audacious work of historical suspense fiction.... It's the poetic precision of McGuire's harsh vision of the past that makes his novel such a standout...absolutely transporting." (NPR's Fresh Air)
avid researcher and avid listener!
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. The narrator does a great job with it and was very easy to listen to. The sample your given to listen to,at least for me, makes me think of a game of thrones type of book simply set in a whaling atmosphere - very vivid, a very in your face kind of book. So I took a leap and got it. Where it made me regret it was just past the sample when a boy is raped... Had no idea it was coming, still I pushed on hoping the rest of the book would make up for it soon.... It happened again... Became a piece of the overall plot overall so I won't go any deeper than that. It also wasn't clear who the main character was for a good while, if there even was to be one. There is. As long as you can push past that, then it's not a bad book- ok plot, very detailed, great narration. That being said, would I listen to it again? No, it's just not a book for me.
Honestly the opening of his book was enough to make me stop listening. I got through the first 15-20 minutes. One should be warned before subjecting themselves to a story that opens with disgusting indication of pedophilia/child prostitution/sodomy. It is illegal; whether insinuated or actually described it should not be listened to.
The performance of the reader was magnificent and the description and choice of words very precise (although I not always knew all of them - as a non native English reader)
The unexpected turns and twists of the story
Many different once. For example: In the captain Brownlee's office when Sumner asks to be allowed to examine Drax or when they catch the polar bear cub. I was fascinated how the writer described smells and sounds.
I think the only one I would feel safe is Patrick Sumner
Wonderfully paced historical suspense story. The story is somewhat violent and there are some Scottish accents. If neither of those facts are issues for you then this is a great audio book. It is long listed for the Booker prize.
This book is historical fiction without any of the asides or descriptive digressions that often appear in works of the genre, The plot gripping and suspensful plot is often violent, and the characters are rough. Not for the faint of heart.
The author brilliantly creates a world you can nearly inhabit
The deplorable but resilient Drax. Who will be left in his wake?
Amazing performance with accents tilted just enough to carry you onto the ship and ice
The men gathered in the tent burning the last vestiges of wood
Will listen to this one again
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