The Thirty Nine Steps : Richard Hannay

  • by John Buchan
  • Narrated by Peter Joyce
  • Series: Richard Hannay
  • 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.
May 1914: Europe is close to war and spies are everywhere. Richard Hannay has arrived back in London to begin a new life, when a spy called Scudder asks for help to uncover a German plot to murder the Greek prime minister in London and to steal British plans for the outbreak of war. He claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone. A few days later, Scudder is murdered. Hannay is forced to continue Scudder’s work and is chased across Scotland both by police and German spies. The solution to the mysterious phrase 'Thirty-Nine Steps' is a thread that runs through the whole story.
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What the Critics Say

"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." (The Independent)

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I WAS IN THE SOUP

I THANKED PROVIDENCE
Ya, you thanked providence, without it you would have been toast. As often happens in early adventure type books, everything happens pretty much in favor of the main character. It is amazing how many strangers the main character talks into helping him, even though he is being chased by the law. Suddenly is a word often used. He is walking down the road and suddenly. This was probably a good book for it's time, but readers of today expect better plotting and expect the main character to get out of trouble on his own merits, not by the sudden help of a stranger.

I TOOK HIM INTO MY BEDROOM AND TURNED HIM LOOSE
I especially love the language used in older books. For instance in a lot of older books there is a lot of ejaculating going on. This book seems to have a sort of gay feel to it to, due to the out dated language. IN COMMON DECENCY I HAD TO LET HIM PUMP ME.

THE LIFT MAN HAD AN IMPORTANT FACE
If you can suspend belief and you are a lover of the noir genre this probably a must. Considered the birth of Noir.

The narrator is very good and makes the book that much better.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

epic!!!!!!!

epic story and outstanding narration!!!!!!! Peter Joyce does a great job of making you feel like you know the characters in the story.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-12-2010
  • Publisher: Assembled Stories