The White South

  • by Hammond Innes
  • Narrated by Hugh Kermode
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A 22,000-ton whaling ship steams into a broken plain of white, glimmering ice during the howling fury of an Antarctic gale. What madness drives the ship forwards, deeper and deeper into the ice until its jagged edges hold her fast? Marooned amidst the pitiless, frozen wastes, the crew of the Southern Cross make a desperate attempt to survive against the odds.
Hammond Innes was born in Sussex, in 1913. He wrote 30 international best sellers, all of which are now being reissued. It was in the early '50s, with books like The Lonely Skier, Campbell's Kingdom, The White South and The Wreck of the Mary Deare, all of them filmed, that he achieved international fame. His final novel was Delta Connection.


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If you could sum up The White South in three words, what would they be?

Compelling -- suspenseful -- entertaining

Would you be willing to try another book from Hammond Innes? Why or why not?

Although a good storyline, because of the subject matter (stranded in the Antarctic) it was self-limiting. However, that said, the author was able to make you feel isolated and lost in a cold barren wasteland along with his characters.

Which character – as performed by Hugh Kermode – was your favorite?

All of them were compelling.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No particular point.....there were several where you felt the desperation and isolation.

Any additional comments?

The business relationships and the motives of some of these characters was a little confusing at times.....However, once the race for survival started, the storyline took off.

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- jstrfic

Escapist comfort food

Yes it reads and feels a bit dated but it is a fun read well performed. Good clean prose with an entertaining plot. Makes for a welcome change from reading authors with too many stylistic flourishes. Like having a good burger after eating too many snooty foodie dinners.
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- nokbee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-30-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios