The Riddle of the Sands

  • by Erskine Childers
  • Narrated by Patrick Tull
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. It is the only novel written by Erskine Childers, an Intelligence Officer for the Royal Navy during World War I, a decorated soldier, and a suspected double agent and mastermind of the rebellion against the young Irish Free State.


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the gold standard

The best spy novel I've ever read, and one of the best sea stories to boot. The author (executed by a firing squad--what a credential!) didn't set out to write an entertainment, he wanted to alert the British public to what he thought was a terrible threat (I won't give it away). To get the message to the most possible people, Childers had to come up with a story that was un-put-downable, and in so doing he came up with many of the narrative devices that make the modern thriller thrilling. One guy I know keeps four or five copies on his bookshelf at all times to give away.
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technical difficulty is fatal

I really wanted to hear Patrick Tull read this alleged masterpiece, but the sound was so bad I couldn't follow it. I understand the Burton Jouney to Mecca and Medina is being remixed, and I hope this one can be next. This is one of the greatest readers of the sport -- as those who've heard him read the Patrick O'Brien novels well know.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books