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Sintesi dell'editore

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 1902 lone masterpiece by World War I Royal Navy officer Erskine Childers was written 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.
©2001 Mary Daheim (P)2002 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"This is a book of great renown....Its beautifully sustained atmosphere...adds poetry, and...real mystery." (Ian Fleming)
"Simon Vance lends a mature sound and considerable technique to his narration, making Childers's seafaring not only apparent, but contagious." ( AudioFile)

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ollie
  • 16/04/2015

A great perspective on the threat of war

Any additional comments?

This book is not for those looking for an action-packed spy novel. I enjoyed it and was fascinated by the setting and the historical perspective - the book was written in 1903 to warn of the potential threat of German invasion of Britain. There is a lot of detail about sailing and tides on the northern coast of Germany. This detail can be a bit tedious at times, particularly if you can't imagine the geography. The printed book had a series of maps that help considerably, and these can be found online in the Project Gutenberg version. As a spy novel, it isn't particularly thrilling by today's standards, but it is a valuable perspective on the time before the first world war. Simon Vance's narration is wonderful.

5 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anniebligh
  • 30/12/2017

One of the Best Reads

A very good read and sadly a disappointing listen.

Mostly 2 characters and the voices do need to be clearly distinguishable to work as an audio. Simon Vance usually is an excellent narrator and in this classic story of the sea, he misses the mark.
I appreciate the voices are not forced and accept it is a hard task.

Over a hundred years have passed since the writing of this classic British Espionage story, and there are some lovely allusions relating to the seas. The love of sailing and boating, curious minds, challenging the natural and man made forces by ordinary people and some good old fashioned adventures as the Riddle is solved. Even Riddles are a very British adventure, reflected in another more modern classic with .'.What have I got in my Pocket?.' (Bilbo Baggins)

If the act of reading is difficult, and you are ready to listen closely then this is a book well worth getting to know. Simon has a voice that is easy to listen to that does not jar on the ear drums, and, you will need to listen carefully.

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • murf
  • 30/12/2020

Excellent writing but the story is lacking.

If you are a sailor and love excellent writing this book is for you. If you are not a sailor, the details about the seas, canals through estuaries and boating details become monotonous with little action to hold interest.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Dennehy
  • 02/10/2020

Well written but very detailed

You'll like if you are a student of western history or naval affairs. Very well written and performed.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Allen
  • 21/10/2019

A very interesting book

A very interesting, well written and well-read book. The attention to detail was at the forefront of this genre of literature. Some of the elements of this book proved to foreshadow future military events.

  • Generale
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Sandy
  • 09/12/2008

Only if you love sailing...

Sounded interesting, but a real snoozer if you do not love sailing with all your heart and soul. I don't. The plot was lost in the interminable descriptons of sailing and shifting sandbars. A tremendous disappointment.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • mrs m
  • 01/08/2014

Captivating

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The plot unfolded at a good pace.
The narration by Simon Vance was excellent and was well suited to the story.

3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jacque Hughes
  • 01/02/2017

Classic brilliantly told

I have read riddle of the sands twice before, but listening to it on audiobook added another dimension. An enchanting story brilliantly told and narrated,

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Peter
  • 23/02/2012

A rather tedious riddle

The publisher's description of this book as a "spy thriller" is, in my opinion, somewhat inaccurate!
It took me a lot longer to listen to it than it should have done because I kept falling asleep with the tedium and rather boring storyline.
Simon Vance gave a valiant performance but even his dulcet tones could not counteract the failure of the tale to fire my imagination.
The story is riddled (pun intended) throughout by seafaring & yachting jargon which, for a landlubber, I found quite incomprehensible and largely unecessary.

3 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sam Tuke
  • 19/01/2021

brilliant

the author's intelligence shines through. full of picturesque details that will carry you away on the adventure. a slice of authentic nautical life with the trappings of the British upper class.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Roland
  • 26/10/2020

A Rare Gem.

I've read the entry for Erskine Childers on Wikipedia and I don't really understand why he was executed at the age of 52. What a tragedy! He seems to have been a man of inspiring energy, intelligence and principles.

I only wish this extraordinary book were twice as long. It makes me want to go back in time a hundred years and take up sailing.

Simon Vance gives a perfect rendition. He is also a great talent. What a combination!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anthony
  • 26/03/2019

Almost perfect..

I listened to this at a slower speed.. so the narrator almost sounded like a computer voice. I found this slower speed worked very well. Obviously great story. I bought '39 Steps' afterwards!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • MR
  • 04/07/2017

A little gem from the dawn of the 20th Century

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I first met this book as a prescribed text on my GCE English course maybe 60 years ago. I found it totally enthralling then and perhaps even more so now when I can fully appreciate the careful detail of the narrative. The plot is simple and neat but the story is woven into a complex tapestry of authentic nautical descriptions and set in a mysterious, shifting and foggy seascape. A startlingly prophetic warning of dire troubles ahead for the seemingly invincible British Empire, the book was a deliberate attempt to sound the alarm against Germany's growing industrial power and military potential.

Nicely told by Simon Vance who perfectly captures the youthful derring do of the story in the infectious enthusiasm of his narration.