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January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as a specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

As the young men set sail from a gloomy Britain on the verge of war, Jack feels the overwhelming excitement of not knowing what lies ahead. Little can he imagine the horrors that await him in their destination, Gruhuken, a place that cannot escape the savage echo of its past.

©2010 Michelle Paver (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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God-less Heathen

Well, its no wonder you're insane, look at what you fill your mind with!

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  • Noelle Kelly
  • 04-03-17

A chilling, beautifully written ghost story

I absolutely adored this book! I adored the story and the narrative. The reading of the book suited it perfectly. That was 'Jack's voice reading to me. I loved the way the tension and general demeanour of the main character was reflected in the reading. I couldn't wait to finish work every day and listen to it. This was horrible and beautiful and a fantastic ghost story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-17

Be afraid!

Atmospheric, chilling and brilliantly performed. Not one to read alone in the dark. First class.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-23-17

Chilling story in the Arctic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was a chilling tale. Left alone in an Arctic outpost the main character conjures up his own nightmares - or are they real? It's being set in 1937 means his isolation is complete.

Have you listened to any of Jeremy Northam’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The narration without a doubt added to the atmosphere of the tale.

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The book made me want to keep reading and gave a real frisson of fear.

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  • Hanna B
  • 03-14-17

Gripping!

Couldn't stop listening, finished it in one day! Narrator has the perfect voice and rhythm. The story is wonderfully dark and ominous, chilling and subtle. All told from the point of view of Jack, you get a true sense of who he is and what he's going through. Would recommend to anyone wanting an unsettling listen!

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  • Heisenberg
  • 03-08-17

Wonderful ghost story.

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One of the best audio books I have listened to so far, with excellent narration. Nice length to listen to in one or two sittings, and held my interest right until the end.

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  • Alexandra
  • 03-04-17

Spooky and Gripping

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Gripping and spooky story, interesting background of young men between the wars. Totally scared me in parts especially one night driving home late down country roads while listening to some scarier chapters. I felt somewhat let down by the ending though, something didn't quite hang together and felt a bit rushed, really good story for the most part, great narration and delivery of the characters.

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  • White Socks!
  • 02-26-17

Hypnotic and gripping

Beautifully distressing. The slow, but sure, decline into despair.
It had me hooked, and I finished it in a few days.
Well read; clear, crisp and the narrator helps build up the atmospheric tension.

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  • Chris the gardener
  • 02-25-17

Absorbing and chilling

This is a well-narrated book that managed to chill my marrow whilst listening to it. I do not regret buying the book even though it was not quite what I expected. Although somewhat simplistic, the plot was well devised and kept my attention throughout.

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  • reeceyp123
  • 02-12-17

thoroughly enjoyed it, good old style ghost story

Excellent story.
A good fashioned ghost story with a hint of Poes gothic mastery.
You won't be 3 disappointed .

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  • samantha burton
  • 02-09-17

excellent narration

unusual storyline, gripping and so different from my normal genre but glad I strayed. very atmospheric and the narration was perfect for this story. well worth a listen.