The Riddle of the Sands audiobook

This is an audiobook recording of The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers. The book is the retelling of a yachting expedition in the early 20th century combined with an adventurous spy story. It contains many realistic details based on Childers’s own sailing trips along the German North Sea coast. The plot involves the uncovering of secret German preparations for an invasion of the United Kingdom. It is often called the first modern spy novel, and although others are as well, it was certainly very influential in the genre and for its time. The book enjoyed immense popularity in the years before World War I and was extremely influential. Winston Churchill later credited it as a major reason that the Admiralty decided to establish naval bases at Invergordon, the Firth of Forth and Scapa Flow.

 

 
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