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The North Water Audiobook

The North Water

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Publisher's Summary

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, brutal and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaling ship bound for the hunting waters of the Arctic Circle. Also aboard is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to embark as ship's medic on this ill-fated voyage.

In India during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which a man can stoop and imagined he'd find respite on the Volunteer, but now, trapped in the wooden belly of the ship with Drax, he encounters pure evil and is forced to act. As the true purposes of the expedition become clear, the confrontation between the two men plays out in the freezing darkness of an Arctic winter.

©2016 Ian McGuire (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Fast-paced, gripping. A tour de force of narrative tension and a masterful reconstruction of a lost world." (Hilary Mantel)

"Utterly convincing and compelling, remorselessly vivid and insidiously witty. A startling achievement." (Martin Amis)

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  • Brian
    Linslade
    8/24/16
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    "Fluid and fluids"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Because I have a surprising number of friends who are into that whaling / snow / survival / grime genre but have been looking for something that mashes this up with psychopaths.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a cracker - fetid, foecal, visceral, funny, unpredictable, atmospheric and fast paced.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Not saying to avoid spoilers but there's a bit with a non- human protagonist...


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

    Maybe not a book for maiden aunts (though mine would love it) this is a book ultimately about loneliness, greed and motivation. Existentialist and grim - great fun!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/3/16
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    "Epic, brutal and brilliant."

    This is a superb novel that I absolutely loved and could not stop listening to. It is a great story that unfolds like a thriller. The language is coarsely, wonderfully evocative - reading by the 'eggy light of a blubber lamp'. Violent, profane as well as mystical - it is a staggeringly audacious piece of writing and brilliantly enjoyable to listen to. I bought the book too, so that I can go over my favourite passages. Seriously great literature.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Zurich
    8/24/16
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    "Great story"

    Really enjoyed this, story was engaging and the narrator is one of the best I have heard.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neal
    11/21/16
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    "A Great book"

    An excellent historical expose of the hardships of the time. Great language and great characters

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AEC
    11/15/16
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    "Brilliant"

    I listen to a lot of audio books but don't often write a review....I make an exception for such a great listen. Get it and enhance a few hours of your life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • pat taylor
    10/14/16
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    "northwater"

    what a great adventure this was ,the story had me on the edge of my seat with fear,bit disappointed it ended so abruptly,i will definitely try some more storys written by Ian Maguire. The narration by John Keating brought this adventure to life, i didnt want it to end its a thrilling STORY . PATRICIA.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jp Russell
    Chichester harbour
    9/30/16
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    "Brilliant"

    A perfect storm of story, characters an narration. Not for the physically or verbally squeamish - a no holds barred of life on a whaler. I hope the movie is brave enough to capture its grittiness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MooseMalloy
    9/24/16
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    "And then . . ."

    Fantastic narrative and great narrator. Fantastic. A really great performance! Wonderful writing style. I have been looking for a proper new writer for ages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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