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Polar Star | [Martin Cruz Smith]

Polar Star

Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.
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Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

©1989 Martin Cruz Smith (P)1990 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 01-02-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 01-02-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Best Martin Cruz Smith"

    I preferred this so much to anything else I have tried by Martin Cruz Smith. I liked the main character and the confinement of the ship was well captured. I really enjoyed this a great deal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne DeLand, FL, United States 04-26-13
    Suzanne DeLand, FL, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2004

    * love to work (nursing informatics) * love dogs * love speed * listen to books constantly *

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    "This book was FABULOUS!"

    Really great book, written in a way that you see it, smell it, feel it like you are IN it...this is one of those books where you sit in the driveway listening, not ready for your ride from work to be over. A great story line, doesn't rush you but gently leads you, fleshing out the detail, filling out the characters - you KNOW them by the end. Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 04-24-13
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 04-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "This book is *cold* --"

    This might be a good book to take on a hot summer vacation, because it is *cold*. The mystery, which takes place on a fishing ship in the Arctic Ocean, is intriguing, the details of the culture fascinating, and the disgraced detective (from Gorky Park) a great character. I've always been interested in Russia, and I don't know how Martin Cruz Smith does it, but he creates a world that seems authentic to me, a non-Russian. Excellent listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James AUSTIN, TX, United States 04-10-13
    James AUSTIN, TX, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "For a week I thought I was a Soviet dissident!"
    What other book might you compare Polar Star to and why?

    Gorky Park - excellent follow up.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't stop listening. I honestly felt like I was out at sea in the Polar Star. The story and narration made me feel like I was trapped in tiny rooms, looking over my shoulder for surprises and elated to step foot on Dutch Harbor.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. I hope a follow up comes out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 02-07-13
    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2010

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    "Listen to Gorkey Park first or....."

    you miss a dimension to Renko's character.
    I picture the author writing at the computer with a paint brush stuck behind his ear. Smith paints with words!
    I look at the fish counter in the store a whole new way after listening to this story.
    An awful lot of this story happens BEFORE the beginning of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Spring Creek, NV, United States 12-21-12
    William Spring Creek, NV, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2009

    Listen to a lot of audio books driving across the wide open spaces of Nevada during monthly 450 mile trips to and from Las Vegas.

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    "Terrific!"

    5 stars all the way! Should have been a bit more frugal with my 5-star ratings for other books I've enjoyed to save them for this one. I loved the writing, the story, and the performance by Frank Muller. Well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Kjersem 11-08-12
    E. Kjersem 11-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Stellar"

    The Polar Star is rusty factory ship working together with american trawlers in the Bering sea. A dead women is caught in the net, and the scene is set for an artic game between spys, commissars, smugglers and the political unstable Arkady Renko (the protagonist from Gorky Park).

    A decaying soviet state entering perestroika makes a great setting for any crime novel – all in all an entertaining read by Martin Cruz Smith.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Lohmeyer Smyrna, GA United States 11-02-12
    Bill Lohmeyer Smyrna, GA United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Exceeded expectations"
    Would you listen to Polar Star again? Why?

    No. Excellent book, but life is too short for second readings of popular fiction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Renko, of course.


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings a personification to each character that I might not take from the book. He makes each character important within the context.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure, but not practical. It is always nice to come back to a good book.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shuh Chutung, Hsinchu County, Taiwan 10-09-12
    Shuh Chutung, Hsinchu County, Taiwan 10-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Full of twists!"
    Would you listen to Polar Star again? Why?

    I probably will. The story is full of twists and intriguing.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Somewhat.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It is as good as usual.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not exactly.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Asako MOUNT KISCO, NY, United States 01-26-13
    Asako MOUNT KISCO, NY, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "There is another world in the sea"
    What did you love best about Polar Star?

    I, inabitant of the land, have seen another world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story progressed rapidly, but the mystery part did'nt come quickly.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I listened to Frank Muller. I could see the characters appear before my eyes and speak and move. I want to listen to him more.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Crime novels are gloomy, but especially in the Polar Star.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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