We, the Drowned

  • by Carsten Jensen
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1848, a motley crew of Danish sailors sets sail from the small island town of Marstal to fight the Germans. Not all of them return - and those who do will never be the same. Among them is the daredevil Laurids Madsen, who promptly escapes again into the anonymity of the high seas. This is also the story of the port town of Marstal, Denmark, whose inhabitants sailed the world from the mid-19th century to the end of the Second World War and about the women and children they left behind.
The novel tells of ships wrecked and blown up in wars, of places of terror and violence that continue to lure each generation with their cannibals, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, tragedies, and miraculous survivals. The result is a brilliant seafaring novel, a gripping saga encompassing industrial growth, the years of expansion and exploration, the crucible of the first half of the 20th century, and, most of all, the sea.
Hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned, spanning four generations, two world wars, and a hundred years, is an epic tale of adventure, ruthlessness, and passion destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wow! The sea of life and humanity.

Narration by Simon Vance is sublime to the ears and mind. The story translated into English is done with perfect balance of wind and sail and sea.
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- Xiaantin

Encompassing the time-typical Danish megalomania, from a past not too distant yet worlds away from the current state of tiny DK

Sets out high paced with great building of characters, although the storyline often will, instantaniously, skip through years of untold events.
The character of Alfred is never build to the strenghts of the his father Laurids, althoug he is the pivotal charater thoughout the entite mid section.
On a general note, the mid section may be of historical interest to locals, but exiting it is not.
Last 1/4 is great.

A must read if you're Danish and/or interested in seafaring.
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- Aske

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-23-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.