• Gone to Sea in a Bucket

  • A Harry Gilmour Novel, Book 1
  • By: David Black
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Gone to Sea in a Bucket

By: David Black
Narrated by: James Langton
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Publisher's Summary

Like all young men of a certain age, Harry Gilmour had his own notion of how a naval battle should be. This wasn't it.

Norway, 1940: Sub Lieutenant Harry Gilmour's first encounter with battleship action is not the adventure he had hoped for. Faced with a thankless task and ill equipped to handle it, Gilmour's inexperience leads to a damning allegation. His future hangs in the balance.

But then Lieutenant Peter Dumaresq steps in to offer him a lifeline - an advanced navigation course that will take him aboard a crack submarine, HMS Pelorus, under the command of a Royal Navy hero. Faced with a possible court martial, Harry chooses life underwater. Once aboard, however, Harry is confronted for the first time by the full horror of submarine warfare. If he can just overcome his fears, it will be the making of him.

Because survival itself is the challenge now. For Harry and the rest of the crew, the next depth charge could be the one that sinks them.

©2015 David Black (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Outstanding series

If you like historical fiction or the adventurous sort, especially of the naval WW2 sort, you will love this series. It's not a super-hero type who goes around shooting up everything and being a genius. It follows a 19 yr old in 1940 who is thrust into the madness of war (and Brit navy bureaucracy) and ends up in submarine service. Of course, being in a WW2 submarine inevitably leads to bone-chilling white knuckled 'adventures', all of which are quite enjoyable for the reader, though I am quite glad to not experience these thrills in person.

I just finished first three books, all on audio. Best fun I've had in a looooong time. Great story, great writing, and particularly excellent narration.

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Detailed, gripping and multi faceted

This book had a lot of descriptive text that at first seems too much but helps understand the nuances of the characters. It’s starts off a bit slow but hang in there, before long you will hooked. A good military history based book that has several underlying stories. Very much worth listening to.

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WWII and Life on a British Sub

Interesting listen about a green British lieutenant serving in a submarine in WWII, who earned the respect of his peers and his supervisors through trial and error . . . and some scary times under water! Lots of laughs, and lots of teachable situations as well.

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Great Adventure

An engaging young man finds himself in the Royal Navy’s submarine service at the beginning of WWll. The reader is wonderful and the story engrossing.

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1939?

I am currently listening to chapter two...The narrator is superb...The plot is promising...But I just heard the narrator read the Cultural-Marxist "his or her". A very recent attack on the English language. One more Marxist transgression and the book goes back...My wife grew up under the evils of Communism.

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Bad Language

Was excited about this book and was looking forward to listening to all 6 in the series. I realize this is a book about sailors but it didn't take long for the language to get to be so blasphemous I had to give up on it. No thankyou. Not for me.

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Harry Gilmore is the perfect hero....

Loved "Gone to Sea in a Bucket." Informative tale of the British Submarine Service WW2.

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A great WII story, excellently written!

David Black has written an excellent story of submarines during WII and James Langton has done a great job of bringing it to life!

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Reminiscent of The Cruel Sea.

Tremendous story of WWII naval sub warfare told and read in an easy to digest and understand way. It feels old fashioned and reminds me of my favorite war movies like Run Silent Run Deep and Enemy Below. I found this Kindle book and others as well as the Audible version free under the Kindle Unlimited tab in a section called Prime Reading. Or search for Prime Reading and you will find many good choices at no cost to Prime members. I do not work for Amazon but wanted to pass it along because it is a bit hard to find.

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Absorbing, well narrated story of WW II submarine service

Harry Gilmore is a fresh idealistic young man who finds himself in the crew of a Royal Navy submarine fighting Nazis in rousing sea battles. The characters are admirable; the action lively. I especially liked all the details about the undersea service. The narrator couldn’t be better - so British.

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  • Craig
  • 04-05-22

Great Listen.

Really enjoyed following Harry Gilmour and his fledgling career in Sumbarines of the R. N. Looking forward to his next adventure.

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  • Charman
  • 08-12-21

WHY CAN THEY ALL BE LIKE THIS !

It's no good having a good story if the narrator lets it down. this is a good tale well read.

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  • 04-06-20

Exciting adventure

Good story and compelling. Interesting immersion for reader's in war-time submarine adventure which is like the real situation.

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  • John Hirst
  • 03-09-20

Captivating

Couldnt put it down. The technical detail was very well integrated into the human story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-19

submarines

really felt I was there. {thankfully not } it was performed really well. could not believe it was fiction.

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  • mr
  • 11-17-18

Worth a read

Interesting account of submarine warfare WW2
A bit snobby in parts, accounts of rank and class very prominent. But overall enjoyable.

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  • BigG
  • 12-10-17

A Great Yarn

What made the experience of listening to Gone to Sea in a Bucket the most enjoyable?

It’s a great story which gives you the feeling you are in the sub with the crew. I had an expectation when I purchased the book but in reality it far exceeds my expectation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

A difficult one but probably Harry. You almost felt you were him when listening to the book.

What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

James read the book with very clear diction and didn’t send me to sleep as many narrators do!
Listening to the book in bed, in the dark, gives you the feeling that you are there.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I’d like to have listened to in one sitting but couldn’t spare eleven hours.

Any additional comments?

This is only the second book I have listened to on Audible and was a truly amazing experience.

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  • Techhead
  • 12-03-17

wow! What a thrilling read....lots of tension

fantastic read...lots of detail and delivered in an interesting way.tThe narrator is one of the best I've heard...reallly captures the moment...i had to switch off before bed when the escape scene was on...otherwise no sleep!!! I will definitely read the rest in the series.

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  • aquababe
  • 08-02-17

Gone to sea in a bucket

Good book very realistic shows what happens in war and how people cope with it

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  • Robi
  • 01-23-17

A cracker for your book bucket list

Enthralling, realistic, with pace and elegance. Takes you to periscope depth, to the submariners' world, to 1940. Read and enjoy.

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  • Joshua Wilson
  • 02-20-22

Excellent storytelling

Just wonderful. This book hooked me for the series and I’ve just bought book 4….part of me is already sad that there are only 6 books in the series - I don’t want it to end!!

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  • Ian Pettigrew
  • 05-20-21

Great Read

No a genre I thought I would enjoy so much. Just a thoroughly good read.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 03-29-21

Not the yellow submarine

Although war stories are not my genre, I thought this book might be different - and it was.
Submarine stories are not a normal setting.
The pomposity and class system of the poms grated and I enjoyed that part of the story as much as Harry Gilmour.
As soon as people speak the class divide is set. It is ugly and repressive.

Once Harry is accepted as a submariner, the whole tone of the book improved.
Their lives and journeys were interesting and dangerous.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-20

Excellent! Beautifully written sea story

One on the best naval novel I have listened to. For lovers of a good ww2 sea novel (and I have listened to a lot) this is one of the most engrossing and enjoyable I have listened to, I am about to read the next book in the series about a dog called Stalin! Reader was excellent. Same reader for the next book! David from Australia.