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HMS Ulysses Audiobook

HMS Ulysses

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Publisher's Summary

The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century's greatest writers of action and suspense - an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II.

The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea as one of the classic novels of the navy at war.

It is the compelling story of Convoy FR77 to Murmansk - a voyage that pushes men to the limits of human endurance, crippled by enemy attack and the bitter cold of the Arctic.

©1955 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"A brilliant, overwhelming piece of descriptive writing." (Observer)
"A story of exceptional courage which grips the imagination." (Daily Telegraph)
"It deserves an honourable place among 20th-century war books." (Daily Mail)
"HMS Ulysses is in the same class as The Cruel Sea." (Evening Standard)

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    Steve 06/04/2017
    Steve 06/04/2017 Member Since 2015

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    "Finally!!!! An unabridged version of this classic!"
    What made the experience of listening to HMS Ulysses the most enjoyable?

    Although this is fiction the Arctic convoys to Murmansk really happened in WW2. I first read this book as a teenager and have always loved it. The book empersizes the harsh conditions and the extreme cold and whether conditions in the Arctic, and life on board HMS Ulysses, a cruiser and flagship of the escort force for Convoy FR77 to Murmansk North Russia. At times the story is very moving and you feel for the characters. Of all the books Alistair MacLean wrote this should have been a movie!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ships Captain ' Captain Richard Vallery. He was a leader and he was empathetic to his crew


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The storm in the Arctic Ocean was very dramatic


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could I would


    Any additional comments?

    Reading this as a teenager the book made me aware of the Convoys and the hell those crews went though and so many were lost to U boats and air attack. Again although HMS Ulysses is fiction the convoys and their escorts isn't. I like this as much as The Cruel Sea. The Merchant Seamen in these convoys even today are so unrecognised. Thank you Audable for releasing this Gem as an unabridged audio book as it should be listened to. The Abridged version is a waste of time...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    alexander 14/08/2017
    alexander 14/08/2017 Member Since 2011

    Retired Swiss MBA, living in Ireland, 2 years at sea ongrowing up in Australia and Africa. Travelled the world training corporations and..

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    "British navy as it really was in the 1940s"

    this story needs to be heard when sitting comfortably by a warm fire. it is about the cold and the north Atlantic when Russia needed Great Britain's help with fuel, tanks, etc to keep Germany on their side.

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    I WHITE 07/08/2017
    I WHITE 07/08/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic read."

    I read this book over 50 years ago (when I could still see to read) I had forgotten what a great & exciting story it is! Starts off at a sprint & keeps going to the climatic finish. No time to get your breath. Alistair Maclean was a great loss to readers of all ages. If you like naval fiction, this is not one to miss!

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    Lynne 15/06/2017
    Lynne 15/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    Excellent reproduction of the novel. Jonathan Oliver's performance was first-rate, bringing all the characters to life.

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    Andrswal 12/06/2017
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    "Best naval book I have read"

    He dragged it out in a couple of story lines but the descriptive narrative and way he got into the men's minds and fellowship were. Brilliant and finally he doesn't see the need to introduce a token mindless liason with the opposite sex

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  • Brian67
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    "Amazing but heartbreaking and sad."

    One of the most heartbreaking, saddest books I've ever read. The novel has stuck with me for over 50 years, reading it first at the age of 15 and now as an audiobook. I am fascinated by the nature of leadership, heroism, and our human response to extreme physical and psychological environments. Amundsen, Shackleton, and Bligh come to mind in listening to MacLean's imaginary Captain Vallery of the HMS Ulysses.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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