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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. The all-time classic.
Millions of pounds in gold bullion are being pirated in the Irish Sea. Investigations by the British Secret Service, and a sixth sense, have bought Philip Calvert to a bleak, lonely bay in the Western Highlands. But the sleepy atmosphere of Torbay is deceptive. The place is the focal point of many mysterious disappearances. Even the unimaginative Highland Police Sergeant seems to be acting a part. But why?
This story is Alistair MacLean at his enthralling best. It has all the edge-of-the-seat suspense and dry humour that millions of fans have enjoyed for years.
©1966 Devoran Trustees Ltd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Keeps up its high-wire tension all the way. Not to be missed." (The Guardian)
"A cracker-jack opening. Insistently readable." (Evening Standard)
"Breathless action...and a sterling plot." (Financial Times)
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By Carl on 09-27-17

My Favorite Thriller Writer

I thought I had read all Alistair's books more than 40 years to go but to my surprise I missed one. Alistair Maclean has always been my favorite thriller writer because he has great characters, his books move at a fast pace, his stories are well researched, and the action is realistic and non-stop. Glad to hear that his books are now on audible and it was better than reading it. Guess now I'll have to go down the list of all his books I read before to listen to them this time because they are still as great as when they were first written. Thanks Audible.

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By Richard S. on 12-04-17

Terrible Narrator

Would you try another book from Alistair MacLean and/or Jonathan Oliver?

Alastair MacLean? Absolutely! Jonathan Oliver? Not even on a dare.

What other book might you compare When Eight Bells Toll to and why?

John LeCarre, or Ian Fleming, would be the closest comparisons, I think. MacLean was probably the best of the Cold War - spy - thriller authors, at least until Tom Clancy came along. All of MacLean’s novels are really great reads, and “Eight Bells” is one of his best.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Oliver’s performances?

Not only no, but h*ll no. Listening to him ruin two good books was three too many.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme disappointment. A really great book, one of my favorites, ruined by terrible narration.

Any additional comments?

Did someone really think Jonathan Oliver was a good choice of narrator? Really?Please, please... for the love of good literature, and all that is decent and good, re-do the entire Alastair MacLean collection, with a narrator who doesn’t make every character sound like a tweaked-out cockney cab driver. Perhaps Bill Bryson, Michael Pritchard, David Tennant (perfect choice!), or Frank Muller?

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By Rodge on 09-18-17

I love this book.

Ive been reading Alastair Maclean since I was a teenager this book. This book has always been one of my favourite books of his so to find it as an audio book has been a delight. It was hugely enjoyable. I devoured it in 3 listenings.

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