Peter Nichols' novel, which has been likened to the works of Jack London and Joseph Conrad, immediately rose to top places on best-seller lists across the country. Voyage to the North Star offers an amazing combination of high-seas adventure and human folly. It is also filled with authentic detail, since Nichols is an experienced sailor who has made a solo journey across the Atlantic. Carl Schenck is fabulously wealthy, but he aspires to be a great hunter. Africa is too tame, so in 1932 he buys the Lodestar and equips the yacht in luxury. Outfitted with rubberized boots and an arsenal of guns, Schenck sets out for Arctic waters to shoot bears, seals, and "every animal in sight." As days unfold on the frozen horizon, peril after peril confronts the boat and its crew. Although Schenck is unstoppable, others on the Lodestar are forever changed by this ill-fated voyage. Narrator George Guidall's performance conveys all the dangerous magic of the icy seas and captures the increasing madness of Schenck's expedition.
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"What happens when a man without sense or moral restraint has enough money to pursue his every whim? In this case, he outfits a beautiful, though absurdly delicate, yacht for an arctic hunting excursion. His wake of destruction is so appalling, and he is so emotionally removed from the suffering he causes that not even George Guidall's commendable reading can make this a pleasant listening experience. Guidall perhaps makes it bearable, provoking the listener to ponder whether this contemptible maniac represents perverse corporate greed or an individual's destructive power. Notable is Guidall's ability to match his narrative style to the writing; he switches seamlessly from an engaged conversational tone to a detached recitation of surreal violence. D.J. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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