• The Wreck of the Mary Deare

  • By: Hammond Innes
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-06-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (58 ratings)


They dismissed the Mary Deare as ‘a piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap’. For 40 years this 6,000-ton freighter had tramped the seas, suffered shipwreck twice, and been torpedoed three times in two world wars. Then one March night, battered and bruised and empty, she emerged from severe Biscay gales into the English Channel - and into the newspaper headlines. Here was a ship of mystery and tragedy... in one of the greatest sea stories of all time.
©1956 Hammond Innes (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By R on 21-01-15

A great Seafaring Yarn

Where does The Wreck of the Mary Deare rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was well written and is a good tale. I would rank this high in the lists of books and typical of Innes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bill Wallis has bought the story alive by clever characterization. The main character brings the story together and draws the best from the story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The saving of the ship by starting the boiler and trying to keep her afloat as the storm destroys the ship. A picture is painted that puts you in the centre of the struggle for survival.

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

The sea does give up it's secrets.

Any additional comments?

It has reminded me of the work of Hammond Innes and I want to listen to some more of his work

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Peter Thomas on 15-07-10

Surprsingly Good

Chose this because of the narrator, was very pleasantly surprised very well written beautifully narrated a gripping thriller with many twists and turns perhaps too much nautical detail but I really did enjoy it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 03-07-10

Sea tale

First, I dimly remembered seeing the movie "Wreck of the Mary Deare" about 50 years ago with Gary Cooper as John, and Charlton Heston as Patch. I could not for the life of me remember the ending and not much of the story came back to me but I vaguely remember enjoying the movie so I downloaded this book. I am so glad I did. I do love a good tale and really love a good sea tale and this book does not disappoint. It is a very good tale of the sea, of men and ships and treachery of course. I enjoyed it so much I listened straight through and missed a nights sleep. I am in awe of the sea and know some of the things it can do. I am no sailor but have crossed to Bimini a couple of times in a very small boat and it can be scary when it kicks up and gets rough. This is a great adventure story well narrated. I do not think it could be better told.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 03-05-11

What a great audio book!

If you like a classic adventure story, and are at all interested in the sea and ships, you will appreciate this book. I read it years ago in print and really liked it, but the audiobook is even better. Bill Wallis is a superb narrator and his reading of this novel is among the best I've ever heard.
If you get the opportunity, try to listen to the first 2.5 hours in one sitting - as a sustained piece of nautical adventure writing, I don't think it could be bettered.

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