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In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors. Then follow some very real events, such as undercover work and even murder attempts, all backed up by phantom chains of information and invented covert agencies. An often light-hearted but massively important complete and unabridged audiobook, which makes many comments on present-day life despite being published over 50 years ago. The book was also made into a hit film starring Carol Reed and Alec Guinness in 1959, and has recently (2007) been the subject of a play adaptation staged in Guildford to a enthusiastic public reception.
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By Boston Harbor on 10-11-11

Kill the music

I too wish I had listened to the prior review about the music ruining the listening experience. I only listened to about an hour and I can't listen anymore. Jeremy Northam is great, but dear lord. the LOUD music that plays incessantly is enough to make you scream. Like the prior reviewer stated, the music is louder than the narration like commercials on TV. Obnoxious. I've deleted the book from my iPod. I can't endure it.

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By Jean on 08-05-11

Delete the Music and It Would Be Fine

Aaarrgh! I wish I had listened to the reviewer who said the music made listening to this book intolerable. I thought if was worth a shot because I liked the sample of Jeremy Northam's reading so much, but it was a complete waste of a hard-earned credit. It is the same wretched piece of music every single time, it plays ever five minutes, and it's louder than the reading (like commercials during TV shows). Someone should lose their job over this because it would have been so enjoyable otherwise.

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32 of 34 people found this review helpful

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By DD Kaplan on 07-27-10

Shame about the music

Great story, well read. The recording could have done without musical interludes every 5 minutes, it breaks the flow of the narration

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful


By Emilia on 03-31-15

Very enjoyable, grit your teeth & ignore the music

For some reason this excellently read story is punctuated with long musical interludes: Cuban-style music when the action is in Havana and really badly produced, pompous music when it switches to the UK. The narrator, simply states the change of location anyway so it's also unnecessary for understanding the plot. I'm afraid it adds nothing but is a little annoying.

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By nick moody on 07-03-16

just an amusing tale of little substance.

just an amusing tale of little substance.at least to my un cultured ears you see.

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