The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk

The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk

by Jennifer Niven
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The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by Jennifer Niven

"Into Thin Air meets Titanic in this truly chilling adventure" (Glamour) — now available in paperback.

The Karluk set out in 1913 in search of an undiscovered continent, with the largest scientific staff ever sent into the Arctic. Soon after, winter had begun, they were blown off course by polar storms, the ship became imprisoned in ice, and the expedition was abandoned by its leader. Hundreds of miles from civilization, the castaways had no choice but to find solid ground as they struggled against starvation, snow blindness, disease, exposure — and each other. After almost twelve months battling the elements, twelve survivors were rescued, thanks to the heroic efforts of their captain, Bartlett, the Ice Master, who traveled by foot across the ice and through Siberia to find help.

Drawing on the diaries of those who were rescued and those who perished, Jennifer Niven re-creates with astonishing accuracy the ill-fated journey and the crew's desperate attempts to find a way home.

One of Entertainment Weekly's 10 Best Books of the Year.

Jennifer Niven is an award-winning screenwriter, and formerly an associate producer at ABC Television. The Ice Master is her first book. She lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565114401
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Edition description: Abridged, 4 CDs
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 0.98(h) x 4.98(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Niven's first book, The Ice Master, was named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Books of the Year by Entertainment Weekly and was selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The book, which has been translated into nine languages, has been featured in such publications as Newsweek, the New York Times, Glamour, the Washington Post, Outside, and Writer's Digest, and was the subject of full-length documentaries on Dateline NBC and the Discovery Channel. For more information, visit www.jenniferniven.com.

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The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly amazing. I loved this book. I've read a few others about arctic expeditions, but this one was the most riveting. This book makes you feel as if you are there. You can really get a feel for what these characters experienced. I was reporting updates to a friend each time I read more and the joke was... I have to keep reading this because I simply MUST know what happens to the cat! I won't give it away though. If you want to know what happens to the cat, you'll have to read the book (wink) ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone please tell harriet klausner to stop with the plot reveals? She ruins every book she reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cut my teeth on tales of a distant cousin who was an Arctic explorer. I learned what I could of his heroism and bravery and of the deprivations he suffered during his time as a member of the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913. However, our family history was limited and there were many unanswered questions. Until now. Jennifer Niven has done a brilliant job of filling in the details and of at last making a forgotten story known to the public. I am a historian myself and had thought for years of writing a book on this expedition. I can honestly say it would not have been this good. To doubt her credulity-- and the only place I have seen it doubted is in this particular forum by one reader-- is ridiculous. The book is painstakingly researched and I, for one, can fully vouch for the accuracy of her research, including her details of George Washington DeLong's Jeannette expedition (most of the information of which she gleaned from DeLong's own diaries). Ms. Niven has given my family-- and the memory of my cousin-- the greatest gift anyone could give: she has brought this forgotten hero back to life and she has taught us something about ourselves in the process. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have enjoyed reading about the Arctic/Antarctic, then this will be another book you'd love to add to your collection. In the same vein as "The Lost Men", this book basically tells the tale of a shipload of men out to reach an unknown land in the Arctic but never getting there. The story is not as well told as "The Lost Men", but the same thrilling situations occur regarding lack of food, poor shelter, squabbles and conflicts among the men, and their final rescue. One extra tidbit, this story has a true murder mystery and one that I feel the author did not do justice to. That particular part of the story is anti-climatic and put a damper on an already tired story. Overall, though, this story was good enough for me to buy the audio book as well as the paperback. The audio is abriged, yet the paperback includes details that you wouldn't have otherwise known about just listening to the audio. An entertaining story and good enough read to make you glad you aren't an Arctic explorer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in a discussion group that just finished reading Jennifer Niven's THE ICE MASTER. Our group is large, diverse and opinionated, and debate always seems to swirl around what our next read will be! However, THE ICE MASTER had a lot to recommend it-- adventure story, historical narrative, great press and the high opinions of friends who'd read it-- and we all dove in with unanimous curiosity and excitement. And now I want to let anyone who is looking for a first-rate travel tale to know that THE ICE MASTER is a must-read! It's a splendid marriage of information and entertainment; academic (in the best sense of the word) when it must be, but far from dull; breezy and never terse; and engaging from beginning to end. We supplemented our discussion with the audio tapes, which come across with the sharp intelligence and cool assurance of a radio broadcast from the Arctic Circle. You can't help but wander, first-person, into the narrative, and feel all the terrors, hairpin twists and triumphs of good fortune and character: it's like you were living the story yourself! THE ICE MASTER is a harrowing and ultimately transporting work that was a joy to read and terrific fun to talk about. Absolutely do not miss it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best novelist in the world could not write this story any better than Jennifer Niven! And no fiction could compare to the true-life events that are related in this book.
barbarapen More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. One of the few books in my library I will re-read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To quote an old TV show, 'You Are There.' You are a member of the ill-fated Karluk, you battle the ice,snow and unrelenting wind. You fight to abate the ever growing hunger of Wragel Island. You daily live with fortiude and courage as well as encounter threat, selfishness and betrayal. You benefit from the inate good in some men and suffer the human weaknesses of others. Most of all you learn the importance of true character. Jennifer Niven has demonstated man's ability to meet and conquer unbelievable obstacles in life. This book is reality at its most unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading The Ice Master was like watching a train wreck, you just can't look away or in this case put the book down. The crew was amazing in many ways. Niven worked wonders w/journal accounts of the crew and scientists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much that I am about to read it for the third time
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Niven has done a truly amazing job with this book. The story she wove now ranks as my favorite! The way she described the men, the family and the conditions made me feel I was with them. This must be made into a movie!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Jennifer Niven's Ice Master! In fact, I would venture to say it is one of the best books that have ever been written in this particular genre! One can see that Ms. Niven was very meticulous in her research and unlike so many researched books that become stale long before the end of the story, this book lives and breathes the very life of these men all the way to the final pages! It is like you are there, and you know them personally. Because of her tireless research and soulful account of these men,they come right off the pages and into your heart, and enliven your senses. I believe this book will become a classic read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am probably one of the only people who read this book and THEN bought the audio tape. It's an incredible read by a fantastic first-time writer, and I was wrapped in blankets the entire time I was reading this book. I suggest you wrap up, too, and enjoy the ride! You will want to read this book in its entirety in one sitting, or at the very least in one weekend. I was unable to put it down and by the end of the journey I felt so close to the people of this expedition that I was moved to tears by their tragedies and their triumphs. (I am a man, but I'll admit to those tears.) Jennifer Niven's naturally soft-spoken, melodic voice in the audio version is a haunting contrast to this ruggedly masculine story and I found this to be highly effective and moving. Everyone expects these books to be written or read by grizzled old sea salts, but I could not imagine the riveting story of the ill-fated Karluk and her courageous captain being told or read by anyone other than Niven.
usmcLS More than 1 year ago
I could put it down but was informative for me since I know so little about this type of expedition. I read a variety of books, usually at least one a week, on history. I especially like info on Nazi regime since I can't for the life of me see how those clowns were able to dominate for any length of time. this book was just a "jumping off place" for reading something that was new for me.
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TX-LA-MS-CG_Family More than 1 year ago
I stumbled onto this book in a small bookstore in Sitka, Alaska.  I'd previously enjoyed books about Shackleton's voyage so I picked it up.  Wow!  What a great book!  And if you like this one let me recommend "Hell on Ice" which tells a similar true story that occurred decades earlier.  
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Inspiring and captivating story.
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