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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It was a good listen. It keep my attention. This was my first Martin Cruz Smith book. I intend to get Gorky Park next. I usually read a series in order.
The scene at the autopsy.The ells was not something I would forget quickly.
The trip across the frozen sea between the Russian and the American ships
Yes I would do that if it were a option for me.
Yes. It was a detail oriented story that is very different than the run of the mill crime novel
I have not listened to his books before.
Pretty good reader. Keeps you engaged.
Polar Star is a very interesting tale of intrigue and murder during the soviet years. As usual Frank Muller's narration is superb.
The narrator made this book come alive. I realized I was on the edge of my car's seat listening to the action unfold.
The main character, Renko, was voiced so well it's easy to feel you are on the ship and a part of the investigation.
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.
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.
Amazing Reader! Amazing Story 5 STARS - I had heard this was suberb and I concur! I could listen to it all over again :)
His voices is incredible! Brings the story to life!
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.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
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.
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.
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.
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