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    • The Riddle Of The Sands

    • By: Erskine Childers
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Riddle of the Sands is set during the long suspicious years leading up to the First World War and is a classic of spy fiction.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Slow beginning, but worth the wait

    • By Katherine on 04-26-12

    Regular price: $20.34

    • The Riddle of the Sands

    • By: Erskine Childers
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Widely recognized as the first modern spy thriller, this 1902 lone masterpiece by World War I Royal Navy officer Erskine Childers was written as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses. It accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great perspective on the threat of war

    • By ollie on 04-16-15

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Riddle of the Sands

    • By: Erskine Childers, Tony Evans
    • Narrated by: Rob Penman
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3

    "It seems pretty clear to me that sooner or later we’ll be at war with Germany, whether we like it or not."

    Carruthers is looking forward to a relaxing holiday when he sets off for the Baltic Sea. Instead he finds himself at the centre of a complicated and deadly plot. Will Carruthers and his friend, Arthur Davies, discover why the sinister and mysterious Herr Dollman is so interested in their little yacht, the Dulcibella? What does Clara Dollman know about her father’s plans?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellently written and narrated

    • By Katherine Herrin on 05-01-16

    Regular price: $5.15

    • The Riddle of the Sands

    • By: Erskine Childers
    • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The time is 1903. Carruthers, on leave from Britain's Foreign Service, accepts an invitation from his friend, Davies, to sail around the Baltic. But Davies has a secret mission. He has run afoul of a secret German invasion plot and persuades Carruthers to push into unknown waters with him to find out what it is the Germans are hiding before it is too late. The Riddle of the Sands is considered the first modern espionage story.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • technical difficulty is fatal

    • By Robert on 02-08-06

    Regular price: $30.07

    • The Riddle of the Sands

    • By: Erskine Childers
    • Narrated by: Dermot Kerrigan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Carruthers is rescued from a hot summer at a deserted Foreign Office in London, by an out-of-the-blue invitation to join an acquaintance, Davies, on his yacht in the Baltic. He arrives to find not only that he comprises the whole crew, but also that Davies needs his help in a spying mission with enormous stakes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lost treasure

    • By Anne on 01-18-05

    Regular price: $11.19

    • L'enigma delle sabbie

    • By: Erskine Childers
    • Narrated by: Silvia Cecchini
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    L'autore inglese di questo romanzo (1870-1922) fu un ufficiale della marina britannica e, in seguito, un rivoluzionario irlandese. Questa sua opera fu il primo romanzo in cui si parlava di spionaggio e che dette il via ad un nuovo filone (di cui ad esempio "I trentanove gradini" fu un altro rappresentante). Che non ci si immagini un romanzo d'azione alla James Bond; qui l'azione è solo interiore, fatta di speculazioni e tattica, che si muove al ritmo lento delle maree dei mari del nord.

    Regular price: $5.24