The Riddle of the Sands

  • by Erskine Childers
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Widely recognized as the first modern spy thriller, this 1902 lone masterpiece by World War I Royal Navy officer Erskine Childers was written as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses. It accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since. Praised for its nautical action and richly authentic background as much as for its suspenseful spycraft, The Riddle of the Sands is the brilliant forerunner to the realism of Graham Greene and John le Carré.


What the Critics Say

"This is a book of great renown....Its beautifully sustained atmosphere...adds poetry, and...real mystery." (Ian Fleming)
"Simon Vance lends a mature sound and considerable technique to his narration, making Childers's seafaring not only apparent, but contagious." ( AudioFile)


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I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The plot unfolded at a good pace.
The narration by Simon Vance was excellent and was well suited to the story.
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- mrs m

Classic brilliantly told

I have read riddle of the sands twice before, but listening to it on audiobook added another dimension. An enchanting story brilliantly told and narrated,
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- Jacque Hughes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-10-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.