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Kolymsky Heights Audiobook

Kolymsky Heights

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Publisher's Summary

Kolymsky Heights: a frozen Siberian hell lost in endless night and the perfect location for an underground Russian research station. It's a place so secret, it doesn't officially exist....

Once there, the scientists are forbidden to leave. But one scientist is desperate to get a message to the outside world. So desperate he sends a plea across the wilderness to the west in order to summon the one man alive who can achieve the impossible....

©1994 Lionel Davidson (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Sensationally good. Cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed. One of the great thrillers of the last century." (Charles Cumming)

"I've never read a thriller that so successfully transported me to a hitherto unimagined place." (Guardian)

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    gary SLEAFORD, United Kingdom 17/12/2016
    gary SLEAFORD, United Kingdom 17/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Worst book I've had to listen to"

    Well what a buildup at the beginning. Somebody was really trying to sell this, I was quite excited about getting stuck in to it.
    I spent the next god knows how many hours wondering why it was even written, the plot is so weak and poorly put together that at the end your scratching your head and wondering what that was all about.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    aileen 04/09/2016
    aileen 04/09/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"

    This was just amazing story telling at its best. Thrilling and gripping to the last sentence. Highly recommend

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    Gillian 10/08/2016
    Gillian 10/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    Everything about this story is excellent and it's narrated extremely well. Gripping story and the plot hang together very well!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 14/02/2017
    Gary 14/02/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "good story well told"

    this is a a good story but perhaps not great... everything really interesting happens at the end. very well narrated though...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Asbjørn 29/06/2016
    Asbjørn 29/06/2016 Member Since 2014

    My work takes me on frequent long distance travel. it used to be a chore. With Audible on my phone I frequently wish the flight was longer.

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    "Dry incident report "

    The story is laid out as a flat descriptive and over long incident report. "He then went to answer a call of nature. Then he had a drink of vodka. Then he walked to the car where he put the key in the ignition and started the car. He then drove the car down the street..." (paraphrased - not actual quote)

    There is no point in the narrative that is more exciting than an unexpected 1 euro coin in your back pocket.

    The introduction is therefore wildly misleading.

    The narrator does an ok job. Rather flat - but that is mainly due to a flat storyline.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wras 09/06/2016
    Wras 09/06/2016 Member Since 2017

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Get in, get out; if you can."


    Fast paced plot, that is a thriller spy story with elements of science fiction, but the main elements of the plot is getting to a secret place and escaping from the same place; for my taste the scape was the best part of the story.

    If your book comes with a prolog from Philip Pullman do not read it, it has spoilers and it hypes the book to much. Enjoy the story first then if you want to, read the comments.

    A good adventure that works well if you go with it and do not look to deeply into motivations or for realistic political motivations. This book reminded me of a victorian adventure, with exotic science, brutal humanity, and humans fighting against an implacable natural world.

    The reader's range of voices is very limited, it would have helped to have one more actor for a more entertaining performance.

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    exy 16/05/2017
    exy 16/05/2017 Member Since 2012

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    "Too long"

    It is as if the author wrote a book of 300 pages and then padded it to 500 Too much irrelevant detail which made it all too slow..

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    The Supreme Galactic Overlord of Ipswich Ipswich 29/04/2017
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    "Great story, well read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would, but more to my male friends than female friends. This is a man's book. The story keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen next. The scene sometimes changes and tells of related things happening in another place, thus it is never a boring linear narrative. The final third of the book is told in lock-step, shifting from one place and then back to the other. It is a genuine thriller.


    What other book might you compare Kolymsky Heights to, and why?

    I suppose the book is a little like a John Le Carre novel but much more expansive. Or maybe Eric Ambler is a better comparison. I have read one other book by Lionel Davidson, The Rose of Tibet, and he is clearly fascinated by exotic places. I can imagine him poring over an Atlas, both when he was a child and when he was writing his novels. In fact the setting is a large part of this novel's appeal.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Noble – was your favourite?

    The male narrator had a pleasant voice and I thought he had a pretty convincing Russian accent. You always knew which character was speaking from his tone of voice and even the women's characters were well done. It's quite easy for male narrators to do annoying women's voices but Mr. Noble was at no point annoying. He also did the intensity thing well. Some narrators overdo it and you are exhausted by the constant intensity. Others don't sound intense enough. I thought Mr. Noble got it about right. I neither fell asleep nor felt frazzled.

    My least favourite character as performed by Peter Noble was Johnny Porter, the protagonist. I now wish I had read the book before listening so that I could had formed my own idea of what Porter might sound like. As it is I now have the permanently sullen, dour sounding voice of Porter stuck in my head. This may indeed have been what the author intended. I just wasn't attracted to Porter at all and felt that a man with such a dead-pan voice was incapable of love, even sounded a bit dumb. Still, when I think about it I'm not sure that a smarter-sounding, more emotional Porter would have been true to character. That's the only misgiving I have about the narration.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Kolymsky Heights: the spy who went into the cold.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "highly recommended"

    I really enjoyed This book from start to finish.
    This could make for an exciting Thriller on the movie Scream.

    o.a.skaarbo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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