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3.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 5 3.87 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Guilliatt, Peter Hohnen Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781400185337
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In 1916, a nondescript freighter left Germany carrying 465 submarine mines, 16 torpedoes, 8 cannons, 1,400 shells, a seaplane, and 346 men who believed they were embarking on a suicide mission. That ship became known to Allied forces as the Wolf, and by the time it returned to Germany more than a year later it was home to more than 800 men, women, and children from twenty-five different nations, including its own crew. Led by Captain Karl August Nerger, an honorable man who sank more than thirty Allied ships but spared the crews and passengers on board by taking them prisoner, the Wolf traveled 64,000 miles and remained at sea for fifteen months without pulling into port. Capturing 400 prisoners, the Wolf became home to an extraordinary collection of humanity, from the secret lover of W. Somerset Maugham to a six-year-old American girl who was adopted as a mascot by the German crew. Forced to survive on plundered food, facing death from scurvy, and hunted by the combined navies of five Allied nations, the Germans and their prisoners came to share a close bond. The Wolf is a gripping war narrative, painting a rich, detailed picture of a world profoundly shaped by global conflict. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Page meets the double challenge of credibly delivering British English and the many German names and words. He navigates between the languages flawlessly, adding the perfect touches of bilingualism to a little-known tale of the Great War. AudioFile
  • "The Wolf is one of the strangest, and strangely thrilling, war-at-sea adventures I have ever read. It captures the excitement but also the moral ambiguity of war, with intriguing characters cast upon a vast stage.”

    Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941–1945

  • "The Wolf is an extraordinary work of storytelling and scholarship. From the very first pages, Guilliatt and Hohnen snap this ship’s dramatic journey into brilliant focus, and you feel for these people, get to know them, and you root for them to survive. This is history brought vividly to life. This otherwise unknown story of the Great War has found its great chroniclers.”

    Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers and In Harm’s Way

  • “To the short list of must-read nautical adventures, add Guilliatt’s and Hohnen’s The Wolf, a chronicle worthy of Conrad. I thought I was a student of military and naval history, but until I read this powerful and engrossing tale of tragedy, survival and heroism I had no idea that such an epic journey had occurred. Taut, poignant, and evocative, you can taste the salt wind in your face and smell the blood in the water, but you can’t put the book down.”

    Robert Drury, coauthor, Halsey’s Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 8/27/2013

    " Interesting story of a neglected aspect of WW I. This is about a German commerce raider, "Wolf", and it's round the world voyage with a load of prisoners from the ships it sunk. Good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Friedrich Haas | 7/5/2013

    " Aninteresting look at a very different experience of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Wallis | 6/21/2013

    " Good book. gives you the feel of what it`s like to be on a German Auxilliary Raider in World War 1. A good example of one of the most successful of ww1 raiders that have been completely forgotten by history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew McMillen | 3/26/2013

    " A breathtaking read. An incredible tale, told by a master storyteller. So glad I read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Ivan Brown | 3/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this read. It captured my imagination and took me along on the journey of the German WWI raider Wolf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 10/22/2012

    " This was a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerome | 6/27/2012

    " A bit of WW1 history I knew nothing about. Interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Gordon | 6/7/2012

    " Fascinating account of the surface raider "Wolf" in the Indian and Pacific oceans in 1917. Thoroughly researched and a pleasure to read, the story moves along at a good pace and holds the interest for this little known account from the Great War. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 2/19/2012

    " I think the subject is fascinating, however I just couldn't connect with this book-on-CD. I think it has more to do with the telling and not the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Lindgren | 1/3/2012

    " Very fascinating account of a little known aspect of WWI. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Thiele | 8/5/2011

    " A great story and excellent writing make this a book that is hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 5/16/2011

    " One of the strangest true stories I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 4/20/2011

    " The Wolf is a well researched and well written book it is easily read and very interesting. The book brought to light an interesting and not well know chapter in WWI naval history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Douglas Ivan | 1/14/2011

    " I enjoyed this read. It captured my imagination and took me along on the journey of the German WWI raider Wolf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 3/19/2010

    " The Wolf is a well researched and well written book it is easily read and very interesting. The book brought to light an interesting and not well know chapter in WWI naval history. "

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About the Author

Richard Guilliatt has been a journalist for thirty years and is the author of Talk of the Devil: Repressed Memory and the Ritual Abuse Witch-Hunt. Born in the UK, he was a feature writer at the Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to New York in 1986 to work as a freelance writer. His work has appeared in many leading newspapers and magazines, including the Independent, the Sunday Times Magazine, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently a staff writer at the Weekend Australian Magazine in Sydney. In 2000 he won Australia’s highest award for magazine feature writing, the Walkley Award.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.