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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erskine Childers Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Widely recognized as the first modern spy thriller, this lone masterpiece by World War I Royal Navy officer Erskine Childers was written in 1903 as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses. It accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since. Praised for its nautical action and richly authentic background as much as for its suspenseful spycraft, The Riddle of the Sands is the brilliant forerunner to the realism of Graham Greene and John le Carré.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a book of great renown…Its beautifully sustained atmosphere…adds poetry, and…real mystery.”

    Ian Fleming

  • “Eric Ambler fans will find this a fascinating antecedent.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Simon Vance lends a mature sound and considerable technique to his narration, making Childers’ seafaring not only apparent, but contagious.”


  • The Riddle of the Sands has delighted generations of sailing aficionados and thriller readers with its nautical and political verisimilitude.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andy | 2/20/2014

    " Hmm... Swallows and Amazons meets James Bond. I liked it, but it was over long on sailing description and short on action. Interesting, atmospheric and unique never-the-less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dermo | 2/20/2014

    " well I ploughed through the last hundred pages. gripping stuff. the narrator takes a bit of getting used to, as he's a stuffy, pretentious, obnoxious bastard for the first few chapters. after a while on the boat though, he mellows out. We don't see much of Davies' character until a good halfway through, and it's quite obvious that the main focus of the first half of the novel is the land/sea-scape, knowledge of which is pretty much vital to understanding the plot, and adds to the suspense built during the second half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff Rostolder | 2/18/2014

    " A bit long winded and nautical, but a fairy interesting read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laura | 2/15/2014

    " I found this a really hard book to read. "

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