The Solitude of Thomas Cave


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Blackstone Audiobooks
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6.78 X 1.19 X 6.13 inches | 0.54 pounds
Compact Disc
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About the Author

Georgina Harding is the author of two works of nonfiction, Tranquebar: A Season in South India and In Another Europe. She lives in Colchester, England.

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning forty-four Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.


"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"