The Cruel Sea

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Nicholas Monsarrat

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2016

Duration: 17 hours 50 minutes


Based on the author's own vivid experiences, The Cruel Sea is the nail-biting story of the crew of HMS Compass Rose, a corvette assigned to protect convoys during World War II.

Darting back and forth across the icy North Atlantic, Compass Rose played a deadly cat-and-mouse game with packs of German U-boats lying in wait beneath the ocean waves.

Packed with tension and vivid descriptions of agonizing U-boat hunts, this tale of the most bitter and chilling campaign of the war tells of ordinary men who had to master their own fears before they could face a brutal menace-one which would strike without warning from the deep.

"An impressive novel, portraying the war at sea with emotion, drama, tenderness, and terror."-Chicago Tribune


  • Rhonda Armstrong

    Book and narration were excellent. . I only have a little gripe. . .I like to listen to the books while in bed just before sleep on my Toshiba tablet. . another app has a sleep timer which allows me to set and forget this app would be really great if allowed something like that.