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Summary

A classic thriller from the best-selling master of action and suspense.

The atomic submarine Dolphin has impossible orders: to sail beneath the ice floes of the Arctic Ocean to locate and rescue the men of weather station Zebra, gutted by fire and drifting with the ice pack somewhere north of the Arctic Circle.

But the orders do not say what the Dolphin will find if she succeeds - that the fire at Ice Station Zebra was sabotage and that one of the survivors is a killer....

©2017 Alistair MacLean (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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"A thoroughly professional cliff-hanger." ( Sunday Telegraph)

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Not the Movie, but still good

If you have seen the movie then the story here is similar for the first third to half of it, but it changes afterward. In fact the book is less cold war spy thriller ala the movie, but more arctic murder mystery.

The story is generally good, varied and interesting with a few moments that Macleans just about gets away with. There are some errors, for instance the mannicker schoenhower one (they never made pistols), but in general it is a good listen and worthy of a credit.

Where most of the recently release Maclean books fall down, is in the narration. Jonathan Oliver is ok and just about bearable in this one, unlike the Guns of Navarrone and Where Eagles Dare. He does better with the normal narration here, but he struggles to maintain the American accent, and I am not convinced with the irish and scottish ones. Some times he is good, sometimes it hurts my ears, which leads to a mixed response on my part.

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Old school!

Revisited a book I read at school. Old school but engrossing and gripping. Wasn't sure about the narrator at first but actually he was very good.

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Ripping Yarn

very good book for the first three quarters but the end is a little lame a bit like a classic who done it with all the main suspects gathered together for the big reveal, but still a good listen

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classic book

very good dont like the narrator s voice though. would preferd someone else voice hello

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Page Turner

I last read this as a teenager and I remember it as very exciting. I recently saw the film and thought I would read the book again. The book is streets ahead of the film with jeopardy around every corner. I highly recommend it.

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My favourite book

I first read this book when I was about 12 and must have read it at least 50 times since. So much better than the awful film. I know most of it off my heart so it was lovely to have it read to me. I didn't take immediately to the voice of the reader but I got used to him after a while and he did a good job.

A wonderful vintage classic.

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Daring do!

This was a very old fashion feeling audiobook. Not as this is a bad thing. It felt like those Sunday afternoon films when the English guy is the plucky hero. The narration fits the lead character, but some of the other parts made me laugh! The ending was a little rushed. But all the scenes on the sub and ice station are very good.

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A classic submarine yarn

This is a classic submarine yarn although it rather loses its way in the last act which is more murder mystery. Several differences from the film of the same name although Patrick MacGoohan' s portrayal is always in the back of one's mind.

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tense nervous headache

classic MacLean. great tension all the way through, even if the eventual reveal is a bit telegraphed.

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Crackerjack storyline.

Loved it. The whole book was memorable.
Narrator excellent. one of my all time favourites.

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  • 03-10-20

pleasure

I love the story, the well drawn characters, the suspense, and I can not imagine anyone other than Jonathan Oliver reading any of Alistair MacLean's books. And I really wish he'd hurry up with the rest of my favorites, like San Andreas, Golden Rendezvous, Circus, and the lot.

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  • 31-01-19

Much Much Better Than The Movie

I have seen the movie numerous times. The book was very different and far better. Jonathan Oliver is a great narrator for this book. I heartily recommend this book.

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  • Davy
  • 18-08-20

New Narrator, Please.

I couldn't make it past two hours into this book because the narration was horrendous. Hardly ever changed his voice for any character, he would just change between high and low for the tone of his voice and then would just start talking louder for some people's voice but, he would keep the accent. He would also constantly pronounce things in the weirdest way I've ever heard. I know the narrator has a English accent but, I've never heard anyone from the U.K. pronounce some stuff as way off as this. I wouldn't waste your money or token on this book.

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  • hassan samir
  • 31-05-19

the end of an 18 years read!

Wy 18?i bought this book for one Egyptian pound in my hometown mansoura 18 years ago and read very few lines then it was one of huge pile of books removed by my mother for being lagging in my college and filling the house with books this of course was supported by my father.Now they're both gone and I graduated long time ago.May they rest in peace .For the book i read it listening at the same time.Excellent experience the narrotor had a very good grasp of the reading process may have misread one word across the whole book.The story itself is a whodunit in the cold war era showing meticulous details about navy life that I was sure the author was working in the field which I found it to be true.I wish there were few more pages after the final revelation but it's ok.Happy I could read it after all this years

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  • Jennifer Teo
  • 14-05-20

Great book, strange American accents

This is a classic Alistair Maclean book, one of my favorites. I was hoping to find The Golden Rendezvous, but sadly no audiobook is available. The British narrator has a nice voice, but his American accents are pretty terrible. The American characters all sound like they have a mashed up vaguely pseudo-Southern accent. Sometimes you get the feeling he just gives up. And there is so much American dialogue! So it gets quite distracting and takes you out of the story. Surely there are many excellent British voice actors who can do a better American accent?

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  • dfwjr
  • 25-04-20

Not Bad

This book was good, not great. The story was interesting but slow in some places. And the narrator... pretty bad at American accents.

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  • CalvinS
  • 04-12-19

Suspenseful

Anyone who has seen the film version will enjoy the original novel that inspired it. The premise is the same, but the story is more involved, and adds a Whodunit element that was edited out of the screenplay. Well read by Jonathan Oliver whose voice reminds me a little of Patrick Mcgoohan. Well done!

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  • mr kieran j murphy
  • 04-10-19

classic maclean

i really enjoyed this novel and the narrator was excellent. Definitely worth a listen if you like MacLean

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  • mkl929
  • 19-07-21

Terrible narrator

Alistair Maclean was a great story-teller. I wish Audible would provide all of his books. But with a different reader. With this guy, everybody talks with a sing-song lilt that sounds like everything is a joke. But again, the story is superb.

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  • JULIA
  • 29-04-21

Excellent!

Always liked Alistair MacLean's novels, have most of them, read them a lot (I read my favorites yearly). But gave up 'physical' books 'cause the only other thing I could do while reading was eat ... which became a problem. So looked for favorites on CD; but most weren't ON CD, or ... when technology changed ... as books-on-phone either.
So, very VERY glad whenever I find them, and look forward to getting more of his titles - been a long time since a MacLean re-read! :)
Great story, terrific narrator, a thoroughly enjoyable few hours. Thanks, Audible!