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Publisher's Summary

It is 1940, and Mr Graham, a quietly-spoken engineer and arms expert, has just finished high-level talks with the Turkish government. And now somebody wants him dead.
The previous night, three shots were fired at him as he stepped into his hotel room, so, terrified, he escapes in secret on a passenger steamer from Istanbul. As he journeys home - alongside, among others, an entrancing French dancer, an unkempt trader, a mysterious German doctor, and a small, brutal man in a crumpled suit - he enters a nightmarish world where friend and foe are indistinguishable. Graham can try to run, but he may not be able to hide for much longer....
©1944 Eric Ambler; (P)2009 Audible Ltd
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By Dennis on 02-14-10

enjoyable read

This is a solid classic of war time British suspense writing. The characters are aluring the settings exotic, and the pace moves the story forward at a pace that keeps one interested. The narration is very good as well. I would recommend giving Journey Into Fear a chance. This was my first experience with Eric Ambler and I will look into another of his stories as a result of my experience with this one.

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By Leon Miller on 03-07-16

A classic that continues to please.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. On the basis of the audio alone, the narrator was excellent, one of the best I've heard. His characterizations were so solid and distinct that sometimes I imagined I was listening to an ensemble instead of one very talented actor.

What did you like best about this story?

Beginning in Turkey amid the turmoil of early WWII, the book wonderfully evokes regional tensions in exotic locales filled with mysterious characters. Think "Casablanca" on a boat.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Casablanca on a boat."

Any additional comments?

A 1940 spy thriller from one of the inventors of the genre, Eric Ambler’s “Journey Into Fear” evokes regional tensions in the early days of WWII and focuses them on one person, a British engineer working in Turkey whom Germany wants dead. Mysterious characters, constant suspense, and an exhilarating ending make this classic well worth revisiting.

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By Kirstine on 06-30-10

An engaging thriller

Eric Ambler is a name I know but haven't read. Authors go in and out of fashion and I reckon he's due for a. revival to judge from this well-crafted thriller, that reminds me of Graham Greene, but without all the religious agonizing.
This recording has an interesting and informative introduction that puts the author in context and gives the listener a bit of biograpahical background.
It's a pacy thriller with plenty of twists and turns as the lead character, Graham, an armaments engineer gets embroiled in Second World War political intrigues when on a visit to Turkey. The narrator is excellent and does some impressive switches among accents and languages.
A most enjoyable romp with humorous touches.

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By Annie on 05-19-17

Set In 1940, Sounds Of That Time.

I start by saying that I had to read this book, for a class.

The book is set in 1940. Graham is a quietly-spoken engineer & arms expert.

After high-level talks with the Turkish government, he was due to go home, but his life was threatened.

Graham escapes in secret, on a passenger steamer from Istanbul. This leaves him more, not less, vulnerable.

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