The Riddle of the Sands

  • by Eskine Childers
  • Narrated by George Hagan
  • 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service by Irish author Erskine Childers is often described as the first modern thirller and was one of the first popular spy novels.
Published in 1903 novel it spearheaded a genre and influenced the great espionage writers John Buchan, Ian Fleming, John le Carre and many others.
The plot involves the uncovering of secret German preparations for an invasion of the United Kingdom and is sited by Winston Churchill as one of the major reasons the Admiralty decided to establish naval bases at Invergordon, the Firth of Forth and Scapa Flow.
Robert Erskine Childers (1870 - 1922) was an Irish nationalist. Son of British Orientalist scholar Robert Caesar Childers; the cousin of Hugh Childers and Robert Barton; and the father of the fourth President of Ireland, Erskine Hamilton Childers.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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Excellent including narration

I found this audio book to be enjoyable listening. The narration made it believable. I can highly recommend it.
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- Nancy

The narrative would have been perfect.....

I haven't completely finished the book, although at more than halfway, I find it fascinating. But the narration is an unpleasant surprise. The narrator would be perfect - right accent, excellent modulation, BUT. Every two or thee sentences he stumbles over words, or mispronounces, and goes back to correct the mistake. It happens so frequently that it quickly becomes unacceptable for a professional performance. As well, there are audible page turnings and microphone adjustments. I've never experienced anything like it in the many years I've been buying Audible books. This book really needs to be re-recorded.
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- Doris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-22-2009
  • Publisher: RNIB