The Quiet American

  • by Graham Greene
  • Narrated by Joseph Porter
  • 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh, while his friend, Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on.Fowler's mistress, a beautiful native girl, creates a catalyst for jealousy and competition between the men and a cultural clash resulting in bloodshed and deep misgivings.Written in 1955, prior to the Vietnam conflict, The Quiet American foreshadows the events leading up to the Vietnam War. Questions surrounding the moral ambiguity of the involvement of the United States in foreign countries are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.


What the Critics Say

"There has been no novel of any political scope about Vietnam since Graham Greene wrote The Quiet American." (Harper's)
"Greene is a superb storyteller. He evokes the most actual streets, the most vivid skies, and individuals who can have a lacerating reality as they search the labyrinth of their lives." (Newsweek)


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Customer Reviews

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This reader is unbearable, could only stand it for an hour. Listen to a sample before you buy this one.
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- Vinchi "Vinchi"

I just could not listen to this narrator

with his silly attempts at an American accent and overly stilted British one. The story is a good one.
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- Jay A. Gladieux

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.