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HMS Ulysses

Narrated by: Denis Quilley
Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
3.8 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Summary

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 as they are crippled by enemy attack and the bitter cold of the Arctic.
©1955 Alistair MacLean (P)1992 HarperCollins Audiobooks, London, United Kingdom

Critic reviews

"A story of exceptional courage which grips the imagination." ( Daily Telegraph)
"It deserves an honourable place among 20th-century war books." ( Daily Mail)

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Shouldn't be abridged.

This is a fantastic book however, abridging it ruins a great work.
I personally would read the full version as you get a better grasp of events and a better story all together.

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The waste of a great book

When you read this book, the writer, Alistair Maclean gives the story atmosphere a
really great atmosphere, but this version as no atmosphere at all. It's just like the
narrater was reading a telephone book. It is a shame that Audible have spoiled all of the books by Alistair Maclean. They have cut a lot of pieces out of the stories and made them shorter spoiling great books. I will be sending this book back because it is a very poor version, a waste of a great book.

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A good story ruined

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Having read this book I was disappointed at the cuts to the story used on this audible book. I think it didn't fully give you the sense of the struggle the ship and crew faced in their battle against the Germans and the development of the characters.
Read the book and don't listen to this

Who was your favorite character and why?

CPO Hartley-backbone of the story

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

read all the book

Was HMS Ulysses worth the listening time?

No

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DO NOT BUY - IT IS ONLY ONE QUARTER OF FULL BOOK

This is one of my favourite books of all time. The writing is outstanding but this audio version is a huge let down. Narration is brilliant (Dennis Quilley) but large sections of the book are missing. To help put this into context - unabridged audio versions of the book are 13 hours this is under 3 which totally ruins the book. Don't waste your money on this - buy an unabridged version.

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Like a Weather report!

Very disappointed with this book, Quilley reads it like a News Broadcast, and the book itself is more like a Weather report. There is so much about the weather, so many superlatives used, and yet it goes on and on. Not much of a actual story, just a very long report on the weather conditions.

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HMS Ulysses

Lacking in story action more about description of north sea.

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  • Simon Bowler
  • 19-10-09

What a misery

A misanthropic war tragedy. There's not much light or redemption in this unrelievedly grim tale of an arctic convoy during WW2. Misery upon misery ending in disaster, death and disgrace. I guess a gritty true-to-life account of what it was really like is an appropriate antidote to the boys-own-annual view of the navy and war but pheeww this one is really depressing. The writing is taught and Quilly's cut glass accent is perfect. If you can stand the tragedy its an interesting well crafted work.