Buying Options

Kindle Price: $9.99

Save $10.00 (50%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

You've subscribed to ! We will preorder your items within 24 hours of when they become available. When new books are released, we'll charge your default payment method for the lowest price available during the pre-order period.
Update your device or payment method, cancel individual pre-orders or your subscription at
Your Memberships & Subscriptions

Buy for others

Give as a gift or purchase for a team or group.
Learn more

Buying and sending eBooks to others

Select quantity
Buy and send eBooks
Recipients can read on any device

Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time.  Learn more

These ebooks can only be redeemed by recipients in the US. Redemption links and eBooks cannot be resold.

Kindle app logo image

Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more

Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.

QR code to download the Kindle App

Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by [Jennifer Niven]

Follow the Author

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 241 ratings

Price
New from Used from
Kindle
$9.99
Audio CD
$44.98

Only $5.95 a month for the first 4 months on Audible. Limited-time only.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Eighty-five years after a famous but ill-equipped Canadian Arctic expedition of 1913 had sacrificed 16 lives, some artifacts appeared on an Internet auction site. They had originated at a "ghost camp," discovered in 1924, where four of the expedition's 28 men, one woman, and two children had perished. Jennifer Niven has completed the unfulfilled mission of survivor William McKinlay to produce a "more honest and revealing account" of the wreck of the Karluk and its aftermath.

The explorers became split into several dispersed groups living "in the shadow of death." Their simultaneously grim and gruesome experiences are interwoven in this minutely detailed and atmospheric retelling, created by combining and comparing firsthand accounts and other sources. The characters are vividly re-created, from the expedition's self-interested leader, whom McKinlay called "a consummate liar and cheat," to the heroic ship's master, who struggled over 700 miles to organize a rescue. Supplemented by haunting and fascinating photographs, The Ice Master makes for harrowing and compulsive reading. This is a momentous story of the Arctic; of adventure, misadventure, and the heights of human endurance. But it is also a story of human failings and the waste of young lives, as poignant now as it was when it was big news in 1914. --Karen Tiley, Amazon.co.uk

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From AudioFile

Abandoned by their expedition leader, cast adrift from their crushed vessel, the crew of the Canadian ship KARLUK fights to survive in the Arctic while the ship's captain looks for help. Jennifer Niven's research and writing of this terrifying story are impeccable. Drawing from diaries, news accounts, and published interviews, she retraces the entire expedition, which began in 1913 and ended two years later. Unfortunately, her skills as a narrator fall far short of her historical skills. Niven's soft, whispery voice, carrying strong overtones of a Southern belle, is decidedly unmatched to the horrifying stories of death, starvation, illness, and perseverance that she tells. Haunting musical interludes and chapter separators help, but not enough. R.P.L. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0095Y21Z4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hachette Books (October 1, 2001)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 1, 2001
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2808 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 241 ratings

About the author

Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations.
Brief content visible, double tap to read full content.
Full content visible, double tap to read brief content.

Jennifer Niven is the Emmy Award-winning, #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of nine books, including All the Bright Places and Holding up the Universe. Her books have been translated in over 75 languages, and All the Bright Places has won literary awards around the world, including the GoodReads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2015. It was named a Best Book of the Year by Time Magazine, NPR, the Guardian, Publisher's Weekly, YALSA, Barnes & Noble, BuzzFeed, the New York Public Library, and others, and was the #1 Kids' Indie Next Book for Winter '14-'15. The film starring Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Luke Wilson, and Keegan-Michael Key, is currently streamable on Netflix, with a script by Jennifer and Liz Hannah (The Post).

Jennifer is at work on her fourth and fifth novels for young adults, with number three-- Breathless just out now. She also oversees Germ, a literary and lifestyle web magazine for girls and boys age high school and beyond that celebrates beginnings, futures, and all the amazing and agonizing moments in between. Her previous works include four novels for adults, as well as three nonfiction books. She divides her time between Los Angeles and coastal Georgia with her husband, kids, and literary cats.

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5
241 global ratings

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 14, 2011
4 people found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 3, 2013
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 17, 2022

Top reviews from other countries

sunnydays64
2.0 out of 5 stars Story provides great opportunity for a novel but I found it a ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 23, 2016
bob woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on August 16, 2020
susan
5.0 out of 5 stars a great true read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on June 8, 2015
Mrs G
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling story that stays in your memory.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 6, 2013
Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 12, 2018
Report an issue

Does this item contain inappropriate content?
Do you believe that this item violates a copyright?
Does this item contain quality or formatting issues?