The Solitude of Thomas Cave by Georgina Harding audiobook

The Solitude of Thomas Cave

By Georgina Harding
Read by John Lee

Blackstone Publishing 9781596912724
5.74 Hours Unabridged
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In 1616, as the last warm days dwindle in the north Atlantic, the men on an English whaling ship prepare to head home. But there is one exception among them: the quiet, headstrong Thomas Cave. Cave has made a bet with the rest of the crew that he can spend a winter on this Arctic island—alone. His shipmates sail away, the days shorten, and the cold weather moves in. Thomas Cave faces months of darkness, ice, and blizzards with only his rations, shelter, and a journal—a record in case he doesn’t survive to tell his story. But nothing so threatens the sailor as his own mind, haunted by the remembrances of another life and a lost love. From his post at the edge of the known world, Cave sees his own past and begins to reflect on man’s relationship with God and the wilderness.

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Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

In 1616, as the last warm days dwindle in the north Atlantic, the men on an English whaling ship prepare to head home. But there is one exception among them: the quiet, headstrong Thomas Cave. Cave has made a bet with the rest of the crew that he can spend a winter on this Arctic island—alone.

His shipmates sail away, the days shorten, and the cold weather moves in. Thomas Cave faces months of darkness, ice, and blizzards with only his rations, shelter, and a journal—a record in case he doesn’t survive to tell his story. But nothing so threatens the sailor as his own mind, haunted by the remembrances of another life and a lost love. From his post at the edge of the known world, Cave sees his own past and begins to reflect on man’s relationship with God and the wilderness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The Solitude of Thomas Cave, published in hardcover in February, brought barely a ripple of attention. Happily, Blackstone Audio, whose staff has a knack for discovering unheralded gems, recently released an unabridged audio version…The story, tailor-made for audio, combined with Lee’s performance is captivating. With the ears fully engaged, the mind’s eye is free to wander north, to where the aurora borealis shimmers, where the full moon casts a violet glow on the white landscape.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“[A] shimmering historical…Harding probes Cave’s solitude and his responses to a landscape that, in a heartbeat, can be unrelentingly bleak or dazzling. It’s a simple story of spiritual purification, and it is handled beautifully throughout.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“From the moment that contemplative symphonic music introduces John Lee’s full, rounded voice, we know we’re in for a treat…John Lee offers a deeply felt, beautifully paced reading of the enigmatic Cave, enlivened by colorful interpretations of Cave’s shipmates and the people who inhabit his Arctic dreams. This is a mesmerizing tale, entrancingly read.” AudioFile
“It’s man versus nature in this tautly spun morality piece…This bleakly evocative journey is well worth the trip.” Booklist
“Harding’s clear and evocative prose allows readers to see the beauty of a stark winter there, yet feel the pain of an isolated existence in frigid conditions…thought-provoking and realistic.” School Library Journal
“Harding’s US debut is a brief, spare historical parable of personal endurance and enlightenment…[a] carefully told tale of reason versus superstition and imminent earthly despoliation.” Kirkus Reviews

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.74
Audience: Adult
Language: English