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Gone to Sea in a Bucket

A Harry Gilmour Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: James Langton
Series: Harry Gilmour, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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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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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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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 08-14-19

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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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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Very Good Tale!

found myself feeling like I missed something at the end. As if the author skipped a chapter? Otherwise enjoyed it. Hopefully they will gill in the blanks in the next volume.

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  • Joyce
  • Miamisburg, OH, United States
  • 02-12-18

Submarine Warfare

Although submarine warfare was much older than WWII, it didn't truly come into its own until the second world war.

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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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  • Lurch
  • 01-11-16

Brilliant

I absolutely loved this audio book, fantastic characters, and a really good story. One of the best, if not the best audio book I have listened to so far. Highly recommended.