The Elder Ice Audiobook by David Hambling (REVIEW)

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Review of: The Elder Ice Audiobook
David Hambling

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On September 13, 2019
Last modified:September 13, 2019


The Elder Ice Audiobook

By: David Hambling

Narrated by: Brian J. Gill

Published by: David Hambling 08/22/16

Audiobook Cover: The Elder Ice (The Harry Stubbs Adventure #1) by David Hambling read by Brian J. Gill

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The Harry Stubbs Adventures #1

2 hrs and 58 mins

Genre: Historical Sci-Fi

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The Elder Ice Audiobook

3.5 Hearts

The author contacted me about reviewing this book. I haven’t read many books like this one, as I don’t read a lot historical stories, but I do love a good mystery, so I thought I would give this one a try. My understanding is that this has a Lovecraft aura to it. As I’ve never read Lovecraft, I can’t comment on it, but seems to be a common theme from others who’ve read this work. There is also the Cthulhu mythology in the story.

Harry Stubbs is former military and boxer, turned collections agent. Here, Harry is asked to investigate the now deceased Ernest Shackleton. He is to find out what or if Shackleton found anything when he was exploring Antarctica. Stubbs gets more than he bargains for with this investigation. He is chased by assassins and more, when he was expecting just digging up information without much, if any, danger.

This is a short story, coming in at less than three hours. But it is a full and complete story, taking place in the 1920s. As I’ve said, I don’t read much historical stories, but you can really feel the research that the author did with this story. Mostly, I noticed his research into Antarctic explorations (and that of the Arctic as well), boxing and even the occult of the times. I really fell into the story and the history that went along with it. It made me want to read more about the early explorers of Antarctica.

Harry Stubbs is also a great and fully developed every-man type of character. I really liked Harry. I felt he really wanted to do a good job for his employer and better his station in life, as a guy without a huge amount of education. He wants to see this investigation thing become a bigger part of his role, instead of just being muscle to collect on debts.

If you like stories with science fiction and investigations, set in the past, this is a great story for you to try.

The Elder Ice Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

This is my first time with Brian J. Gill narrating a story. I thought he did a good job with the accents and different voices of the characters. He really brought Harry to life in this story. I would listen to him narrate more stories.

Author: David Hambling

David Hambling is a journalist and author who has lived in Norwood, South London since 2000. He writes about science and technology for New Scientist magazine, The Economist, WIRED, Popular Mechanics, and writes a science column for Fortean Times (“the magazine of unexplained phenomena”). In addition to non-fiction books, his ‘Shadows From Norwood’ project seeks to bring HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos to South London, via the Harry Stubbs novels and a number of short stories.

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Narrator: Brian J. Gill

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I like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. This book is giving me a noir vibe. Also like that at 3 hours long, the book didn’t leave you unsatisfied.

  2. The setting is quite intriguing witht the period and all

  3. I don’t read much historical stories either, but it sounds like you enjoyed this one. Nice review and thank’s for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Glad you liked it, thanks for taking the trouble to review.

  5. hmmm I’ve never heard of Lovecraft before but after seeing the definition it certainly is up my alley. Thanks for the review and putting it on my radar Melanie

  6. Lovecraft can scare the bejeebers out of me, but books that are 20’s noir or just a little Lovecraft-esque are great. Oh, and I enjoyed Shackleton when I read it.
    This sounds like just the thing for me. 🙂
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  7. Interesting blend of genres for this, definitely sounds like it will be a good series. Wonderful review for this!

  8. Hmmm… this sounds like it’s right up my alley. I love historical mysteries and sci-fi. I’ll have to keep it in mind, especially since it is so short. Thanks!

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