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A misanthropic war tragedy. There's not much light or redemption in this unrelievedly grim tale of an arctic convoy during WW2. Misery upon misery ending in disaster, death and disgrace. I guess a gritty true-to-life account of what it was really like is an appropriate antidote to the boys-own-annual view of the navy and war but pheeww this one is really depressing. The writing is taught and Quilly's cut glass accent is perfect. If you can stand the tragedy its an interesting well crafted work.
This is a fantastic book however, abridging it ruins a great work.
I personally would read the full version as you get a better grasp of events and a better story all together.
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When you read this book, the writer, Alistair Maclean gives the story atmosphere a
really great atmosphere, but this version as no atmosphere at all. It's just like the
narrater was reading a telephone book. It is a shame that Audible have spoiled all of the books by Alistair Maclean. They have cut a lot of pieces out of the stories and made them shorter spoiling great books. I will be sending this book back because it is a very poor version, a waste of a great book.
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