The Captain and the Enemy

  • by Graham Greene
  • Narrated by Kenneth Branagh
  • 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Victor was only 12 when the Captain took him away from school to live with Liza, his girlfriend. He claimed that Victor, now reborn as Jim Smith, had been won as the result of a bet. Having reached his 20s, Jim attempts to piece together the story.

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"Who is This King Kong?"

Most of those "Top 100", "Best Of" lists (would love to meet anyone that has contributed to those compositions) will either have a novel by Greene, or list him as a top author; so what? Point is, Graham Greene was a wonderful writer and exceptional story teller, and if you've read any of his novels, you know that they truly are unforgettable -- the "Best". I'm a fan of Greene, especially his earlier works; the most recent novel I've read of his was The End of the Affair (published in '51) and that was a while ago. So I was anxious to listen to this later work of his.

C & E was a bit reminiscent of Great Expectations...the mysterious may-or-may-not-be-a-criminal benefactor and a young boy, the almost melancholy retelling of the story, and of course the very different styled, but wonderful and transportive writing. Greene always has an agenda - a parable, a moral indictment - and this short piece is no exception, but I was surprised at the completely unexpected little bit of humor...King Kong undercover international secret agent?! (What a hilarious mental picture this scene was in my head!..."Find this King Kong"...) It was so out of nowhere, and irreverantly placed, that it was like getting the giggles at a funeral. Greene and Branagh are the perfect pairing and make this one of the few that I will listen to again. Everyone should have at least 1 Graham Greene under their belt.






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- Mel

Imagine Conrad wrote Treasure Isle as a SPY novel

An under appreciated milky gem of a Greene novel for sure. One that resonated strongly with me. Greene is always a bit of a risk taker and this novel proves no different than many of his others. It is ambiguous, slightly absurd, and feels a tad like Conrad wrote Treasure Island as a Central American spy novel. As Greene's last novel, it incorporates aspects of both his more Catholic novels with his spy novels. To me C&E read as a fragmented meditation (read map) on love, kindness, truth, sacrifice and buried underneath it all - God.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios