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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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  • Charlotte
  • 01-27-17

fantastic

great ghost story. very atmospheric. narrator was also excellent. possibly one of my all time favourites

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  • Ian O'Pray
  • 01-18-17

Chilling

An extremely atmospheric, creepy story is further lifted by Jeremy Northam's superb narration. The diary format works particularly well on audio book, particularly as the narrator begins to question his sanity and motives for making earlier diary entries later in the novel. I listened to the last two hours while painting a bedroom and found myself turning to face the room on more than one occasion having 'sensed' a presence lurking behind me. Recommended.

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  • "ajc2elder"
  • 01-14-17

Hypnotic and Engrossing

The story builds up slowly, the environment as much a character as expedition members. A story to listen to attentively.

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  • brummiedude
  • 01-12-17

Gripping - a classic ghost story

I was surprised at how much of a page turner this was, it's not as predictable as you might think and very atmospheric. Initially I thought the readers voice was going to be quite boring to listen to but I was wrong, just the right timbre for the story. Very absorbing, quite scary and brought neatly to a satisfying conclusion.

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  • Chaos
  • 01-11-17

Gripping read

This story had me from chapter one. Utterly gripping and superbly narrated. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 01-11-17

A very worthwhile listen

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A beautifully written book which chronicles the trials of a young man unfortunately left alone on an expedition lust before WWII. His descent into near-madness is hard to read but utterly compelling. I didn't quite get exactly what Jack's feelings towards Gus were, but I feel that may be deliberate. Is Jack gay or just overwhelmed with finally having a friend? At 6 hours, (for the Audible book), I felt this was just the right length. I can't say this was uplifting, but it was very interesting and Ms Paver uses English exquisitely. At times I felt so cold it was almost as if I were there. The only reason I've given it 4 instead of 5 stars is because, once again, the strap line lets the book down. It says "a ghost story", and I'm not convinced that it is a ghost story. The main story is about Jack and his feelings and state of mind as he starts to believe the island is haunted. When will strap lines become accurate? It drives me bonkers!!!! I'm pleased to recommend this book as a worthwhile read

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  • Clare
  • 01-03-17

Atmospheric

I loved this audiobook! It's definitely one of my all time faves. The narrative was perfect & couldn't have been any better & the story was exactly what I like in a horror/thriller. I could really imagine everything that was said & I felt like I was there. Will check out the authors other books.

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  • Rose Tupling
  • 01-03-17

A chilling tale

A beautifully written adventure/horror story where the lines between sanity, madness and the paranormal are blurred. The narrator did an excellent portrayal of the main character and it was easy to get sucked into his reality as the plot developed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-22-16

Captivating

Beautifully written and equally well narrated.
Haunting, mysterious and engaging. Eagerly anticipating each chapter as the story moved on.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-22-16

loved this book !

The narration is perfect for this tale, suitably solemn-sounds like he was really there!