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3.00117004680187 out of 53.00117004680187 out of 53.00117004680187 out of 53.00117004680187 out of 53.00117004680187 out of 5 3.00 (2,564 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Cruz Smith Narrator: Frank Muller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Arkady Renko Novels Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781461812388
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Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line”—the fish-gutting station—in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard subculture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

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  • “Stunning.”

    New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miles Kirke | 12/8/2016

    " One of the best books of the Renko series by Cruz Smith, which makes it a very good book indeed. The characters are exquisitely drawn, the plot intricate and the dialogue faultless and it's read by the master, the late, great Frank Muller. Who could ask for more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Z | 2/7/2014

    " this is the second one - really scary and intense... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tulsi | 2/6/2014

    " slow; plodding; intricate and with a very different sense of life and humor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 2/3/2014

    " Shunted off to a Soviet psychiatric hospital after Gorky Park (embarrassed the state, but son of a famous military father), former Inspector Arkady Renko manages to get sent to work on a Russian fishing/processing ship in the Bering sea, finding some peace on the "slime line" gutting and scaling. As usual, a body drops out of the nets--a young Georgian woman on bad terms with the Soviet authorities and Americans in Alaska. Arkady is called upon to redeem himself by wading into another diplomatically and emotionally charged situation, with the possibility of a return to civilization and a reunion with Irina. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dina | 1/23/2014

    " A mystery with Arkady Renko as the main character, Polar Star was of interest to me because of its Soviet-era setting. It takes place on a fishing factory ship in waters off Siberia, close to Alaska. It is a completely isolated, foreign environment and rather forbidding, as well as overly male. It took some time for me to really establish a feel for the book (perhaps due to the male-dominated storyline), but I enjoyed the Soviet speak and the resolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 HBalikov | 1/13/2014

    " One of my favorite Renko stories. His first exile and on a Russian fish factory ship where Smith gives you a palpable sense of what that must mean for the body and the spirit. The mystery and investigation is also top notch with typical Renko twists and insights. One of those rare mysteries that I have enjoyed reading over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/11/2014

    " An interesting venue for Arkady Renkos' latest murder investigation, in the middle of the Bering Sea aboard a Russian factory ship. I love this character and Martin Cruz Smith doesn't disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley Cunningham | 1/6/2014

    " The sequel to "Gorky Park" was ok, though I thought not as good as its predecessor. There seemed to be a couple of loose threads as well as little hints that seemed to lead somewhere yet ended up dying into nothing. Still, an entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denice | 1/1/2014

    " Outstanding. Continues with many of the same characters that were in Gorky Park. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 12/30/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It is more than just a predictable mystery. It captures the era of Soviet Russia in the 80's. The characters are human, believable and fallable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Larson | 11/30/2013

    " I really enjoy Martin Cruz Smith. I like the personalities and the adventure. In this book, he makes you feel the cold and the misery of working on a fish factory ship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcie | 11/22/2013

    " Probably my favorite Arkady Renko book, set on a factory ship in the Bering Sea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Giambo | 11/17/2013

    " A mystery set in exotic location (russian fishing boat in Bering sea). Was in a top five list in WSJ. Very good but not five stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/23/2013

    " I'm becoming addicted to Martin Cruz Smith, I think. Thanks Chip! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 2/10/2013

    " Excellent. Gripping, gritty, COLD! Renko is on a Russian fishing boat in the Bering Sea after being sent to Siberia for his activities in Gorky Park which I read years ago. Not sure why it took me all this time to read the second one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph Donovan | 2/2/2013

    " Another great Arkady Renko book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 yahya | 10/7/2012

    " yah is good program "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Grant | 6/29/2012

    " Loved the book. Gave it a 4 because it dragged a bit in places, but thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marieka | 5/12/2012

    " I'm totally into Russian espionage novels, and I might be a little in love with Arkady Renko, the thrilling protagonist of Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park, Polar Star and Stalin's Ghost. Next on my list is Arkady in Havana Bay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 4/8/2012

    " One of the best Arkady Renko novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isis | 3/16/2012

    " A great example of its genre, although the ending was a little Tom Clancy for my taste. What really made this book for me was the sharp and sparse writing which subtly built the atmosphere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chas | 11/13/2011

    " Enjoyable but a bit too long and obtuse at times. "

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About the Author
Author Martin Cruz Smith

Martin Cruz-Smith’s novels include Stalin’s Ghost, Gorky Park, Rose, December 6, Polar Star, and Stallion Gate. He is a two-time winner of the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and a recipient of Britain’s Golden Dagger Award. Currently, he lives in California.

About the Narrator

Frank Muller (1951–2008) was an Audie and Earphones Award–winning narrator. A classically trained actor, Frank appeared on both television and the stage. His credits include Hamlet, The Crucible, The Taming of the Shrew, The Importance of Being Earnest, Law & Order, All My Children, and many, many more. In 1999 Frank was awarded the AudioFile Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor in the audiobook community.