The Cruel Sea

  • by Nicholas Monsarrat
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on the author's own vivid experiences, The Cruel Sea is the nail-biting story of the crew of HMS Compass Rose, a corvette assigned to protect convoys during World War II.
Darting back and forth across the icy North Atlantic, Compass Rose played a deadly cat-and-mouse game with packs of German U-boats lying in wait beneath the ocean waves. Packed with tension and vivid descriptions of agonizing U-boat hunts, this tale of the most bitter and chilling campaign of the war tells of ordinary men who had to master their own fears before they could face a brutal menace - one that would strike without warning from the deep.

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One of the best 2nd world war naval stories

It was good to get back to this book which I can remember sitting on my fathers book shelf and having seen the old movie many years ago. What was very clear from the start is the understanding the author has of life at sea and of the characters. I googled Nicholas Monsarrat to find that he actually served on the vessels he writes about. Although he states at the start it is a true story but all characters are fictionalized it is clearly based on his actual experiences. Having been at sea much rings very true.
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- Peter

Good. Could've been great.

Simon Vance is the main reason I chose this book, and as usual his performance was amazing. How one man can keep that many voices straight in his head - and do them all so well - is beyond me. Narration - top notch.

The story... I nearly put it down a few times and just left it. But I'm glad I didn't. In the end, it's a good story. The characters are really compelling and what kept me coming back to it. A little slow in the beginning, and a good editor could've shortened a few places, but overall a really enjoyable listen.
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- scottpen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.