- Narrated by: Michael Maloney
- Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-24-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
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By Darwin8u on 07-10-12
Poignance and Power on the Orient Express
With themes of sacrifice and betrayal Greene's Stamboul Train/Orient Express/Stamboul Express is able to provide a moving bio-dome of the human experience on this train headed to Constantinople. There is a definite reason trains are so often used in literature and film. The sealed quality, the movement, the modernity gives the writer room to experiment with characters and themes in a way that others settings would make difficult.
This isn't a major Greene novel. Greene definitely wrote better as he matured. But, for those who love Graham Greene's approach to literature and story-telling, this book is a must. Greene's characters are amazing in their capacity for love, sacfrice, betrayal and tragedy. That is what makes Greene's novels so compelling and his characters so beliveable.
Maloney does an admirable job at letting the novel speak for itself. He illuminates the text without distracting the reader from it.
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By Robert on 07-26-10
Not Exactly a Whodunit
I love reading (listening to) Greene. This is not really a 'spy thriller' as suggested by the "Publisher's Summary". It is a story about characters ranged on a spectrum of moral ambiguity; how they think and behave; and the consequences. The mystery is trying to guess where on the spectrum each character lies. Greene ties all strands as expected, but not, I think, as the reader might have chosen.
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By Andy Parsons on 05-22-09
Greene never disappoints
OK Stamboul Train is one of Greene?s entertainments rather than a full blown novel but it does what it says, it entertains! I remember reading it 35 years ago working as a student in a petrol station and getting the sack because I couldn?t put it down to go an fill up Morris Minors with 3 star.
Re-reading it in this splendid audio version it is as compelling as ever but it is also a delightful period piece, set in the early thirties, it time slips back to the age of steam and Balkan intrigue and it pulls no punches on the attitudes to Jews, lesbians and show girls. Greene's voice is as human and sophisticated as ever and as ever the characters are vivid and complex.
What a book to dismiss as an Entertainment!
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By GC on 03-24-09
Greene/Maloney - Audiobook Heaven!
As a lifelong Graham Greene fan I have no hesitation in recommending any of his books to Audible listeners (except, perhaps, The Human Factor)and I am pleased to see so many recent Greene additions to the Audible catalogue. What makes this book special, however (Greene regarded it merely as one of his 'entertainments' i.e. not proper literature), is Michael Maloney's splendid narration. The book is set on the Orient Express, and the narrative is just as thrilling, but a bit more sophisticated, than the Agatha Christie story that is perhaps better known.
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