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Night Without End

Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed master of action and suspense. The all-time classic.

An airliner crashes in the polar ice cap. In temperatures 40 degrees below zero, six men and four women survive.

But for the members of a remote scientific research station who rescue them, there are some sinister questions to answer – the first one being, who shot the pilot before the crash?

©2017 Alistair MacLean (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Admirably written – one gasps and freezes and burns with the frightful cold." ( Sunday Times)
"Hair-raising! MacLean has done it again." ( Manchester Evening News)

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  • Wayne
  • 10-06-2018

Suspense thriller from 1959

Scottish author Alistair MacLean was well known for his suspense thrillers. NIGHT WITHOUT END is one of his earlier novels. The novel is set in northern Greenland where a plane crashed. It includes elements of murder and espionage, but is mostly constant suspense and uncertainty as the survivors try to survive in some of the lowest temperatures on earth. Narration is okay.

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  • Morgana
  • 11-12-2018

The Master of Suspense!

Read this story forty-five years ago. Despite the massive changes in technology, it is still a crackling good story. The characters have to survive in one of the most inhospitable environments on the planet.

Pull up your chair in front of a roaring fire, wrap yourself in a warm blanket and prepare to be entertained!

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  • Douglas Richardson
  • 15-11-2018

Entertaining... the night could have gone on

A good entry into the MacLean cannon and overall one of the better ones. The first 1/2 of the book is very well done framing the tension and driving the cold arctic conditions deep into your soul. The novel loses a little momentum in the 2nd half but remains an interesting and entertaining story that could have gone on longer with pleasure.

The narrator, Jonathan Oliver did a good job with this one lending interest and characteristics to his voices that suited the story. I felt he did a terrible job on the excellent HMS Ulysses where he lent the wrong voice and inflection to main characters draining the untypical first MacLean of some of its intensity, but Oliver was well suited to this book.

Overall very enjoyable and well written 5th novel from Maclean's better early period.

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  • Kayla H.
  • 13-10-2018

couldn't stop listening.

really enjoyed this book. my husband recommended it to me and I finished it in a week.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-2018

One of the intresting books i have ever listened

One of the most intresting books i have ever read and listened . I loved it.

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  • DE
  • 02-02-2018

A Maclean I didn't like

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The main character makes an annoying number of mistakes. Not what I expect from Maclean.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alistair MacLean again?

Yes. I bought this based on other titles that were more interesting.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Oliver – was your favorite?

IDK

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

Disappointing story. Narrator was fine.

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  • Casey
  • 11-01-2018

Non-stop narrative!

This was a fun story. A mix of characters in dire situations, scientific/technical jargon without slowing the story, and a great pace.
The narrator was great.

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  • MR J R POWELL
  • 21-11-2017

ice cold thriller

If you don't like snow or the freezing cold, this book probably isn't for you. MacLean combines the atmosphere of both Greenland and a murder mystery where survivors of a plane crash and their rescuers endure a desperate struggle to survive in Arctic conditions, knowing killers are among them. Terrific story.

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  • anne
  • 07-10-2017

Aged well

Despite being written so many years ago, this remains an exciting adventure story. Where the attitudes of yesteryear do show through , its almost charming. But nothing detracts from Alistair McLeans ability to write a cracking good story.

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  • struggling
  • 13-10-2018

One of the author's best..

MacLean is a master at describing the effects of cold without straying too far from the plot and you may want a warm blanket round you as you listen to the all-too-realistic narrative. The choice of narrator has been well-considered and suits the tone of the book.

An aeroplane lands off course onto the desolate ice-covered Greenland wasteland. The survivors are rescued by the members of a small scientific team which is starting to run low on supplies. They could radio for help if only one of the survivors hadn't broken the radio. A life and death journey through Arctic conditions begins, with inadequate supplies. And there's a murderer amongst them.