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Extended Audio Sample The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,337 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erskine Childers Narrator: Dermot Kerrigan Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Carruthers is rescued from a hot summer at a deserted Foreign Office in London, by an out-of-the-blue invitation to join an acquaintance, Davies, on his yacht in the Baltic. He arrives to find not only that he comprises the whole crew, but also that Davies needs his help in a spying mission with enormous stakes. The Riddle of the Sands, with its early warnings of the dangers of a German invasion by sea, created a sensation when it appeared in 1903. It is the forerunner of the spy novels of John le Carré and Graham Greene, and its detail and dry humor have made it a classic for sailors as well as for thriller addicts. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David Hayes | 2/11/2014

    " This historical curio gets bogged down as surely as the Dulcibella in a German sandbank. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Durdles | 1/25/2014

    " To my mind one of the great book titles. And a cracking adventure story. It's Swallows and Amazons for adults. I love this sort of book with specialist technical details, charts to follow and a mystery to solve. It also caused the Government to wake up to the real threat posed by Germany in the early 20th century. I've read it twice and look forward to doing so again in a few years time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mike Roach | 1/24/2014

    " Often billed as the first spy novel, unless you are REALLY interested in yachting,the Frisian Islands, yachting, early 20th century European naval policy, yachting, spies, and yachting, then this probably isn't for you. Tedious at times and unreadable during the rest, this book hasn't aged well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Paul | 1/14/2014

    " First half of this early espionage novel is very heavy going, and it was something of a relief to finally finish reading it. The sailing terminology is frustrating for the casual reader, and the action only really starts to pick up in the final third. "

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