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Polar Star Audiobook

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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    Richard United States 08-30-12
    Richard United States 08-30-12
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    "Russians"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a detail oriented story that is very different than the run of the mill crime novel


    If you’ve listened to books by Martin Cruz Smith before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to his books before.


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

    Pretty good reader. Keeps you engaged.


    Could you see Polar Star being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. B. MAUTERSTOCK Cape Cod, USA 08-27-12
    R. B. MAUTERSTOCK Cape Cod, USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating story"
    Would you listen to Polar Star again? Why?

    Polar Star is a very interesting tale of intrigue and murder during the soviet years. As usual Frank Muller's narration is superb.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Westport, MA, United States 08-27-12
    Kyle Westport, MA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Bought based on the reviews, was blown away."
    What did you love best about Polar Star?

    The narrator made this book come alive. I realized I was on the edge of my car's seat listening to the action unfold.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    The main character, Renko, was voiced so well it's easy to feel you are on the ship and a part of the investigation.


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

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 08-27-12
    Laura SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "You can almost smell the fish!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Gloucester, MA, United States 08-23-12
    Melissa Gloucester, MA, United States 08-23-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Best Reader I have ever listened too. I love this!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Polar Star to be better than the print version?

    Amazing Reader! Amazing Story 5 STARS - I had heard this was suberb and I concur! I could listen to it all over again :)


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    His voices is incredible! Brings the story to life!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Palm Desert, CA, USA 11-29-12
    Ellen Palm Desert, CA, USA 11-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Over dramatic Reader spoils the book"

    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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 03-16-13
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 03-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "A Cold Saga of the Cold War Era"

    While some reviewers call this book the "best ever" and others described it as "plodding" the best I can offer is somewhere in between these two dichotomies. Far from the best I've listened to, but certainly not plodding or boring, this book just didn't hit the four or five star mark with me. It seemed to have the same tone throughout. . . no urgency, no drama, really very little suspense. You don't even smell the fish!

    What I did like about it was the description of life on a fish processing vessel and the then-Russian perspectives about communism and the contrasting American way of life. It is a bit grim, laden with grey skies and even darker dispositions of a sultry and homicidal crew. Renko is the hero and does a fine job moving from the slime line to the role of homicide detective.

    Just an average mystery listen from my view.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John 08-26-12
    John 08-26-12
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    "An average who done 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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K R D 09-27-15
    K R D 09-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good listen..."

    Not in the same league as Gorky Park, but an excellent way of bringing Renko back.

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    Tom Perrysburg, Ohio 08-14-15
    Tom Perrysburg, Ohio 08-14-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Entertaining, but over hyped"

    Good performance, and an interesting story, but I was disappointed. The other reviews suggested this was an all time great book, but it didn't live up to those expectations. Still, I learned a lot about many subjects, and I was entertained. I would recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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