The Thirty-nine Steps

The Thirty-nine Steps

Audiobook CD - 2010
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"Starred Review: "...highly enjoyable and highly recommended."--Publishers Weekly.
In the days leading up to the First World War, typical everyman Richard Hannay finds himself caught in the middle of an anarchist plot to plunge Europe into chaos by assassinating the Greek Premier. However, when his American contact is murdered, Hannay makes it his duty to elude his enemies and save the Greek leader.
Publisher: [United States] : Bbc Audiobooks America, 2010.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781602838604
Characteristics: 2 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: The Thirty nine steps.


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Sep 22, 2015

Wonderful and faithful to the novel. Tom Baker is a delight.

Aug 27, 2013

It's a ripping yarn, but the anti-Semitic rant at the beginning left a persistent, sour taste in my mind.

Jul 02, 2012

This book has very little to do with the Hitchcock movie, or rather vice versa: a couple of the main plot points (innocent man gets caught up in spy plot, has to run thru Scotland to stay ahead of the police and to prove his innocence) and a couple of twists; but some of the main points in the movie are pure fabrication: there is no music hall setting (minor point) and no woman brought in to the whole plot. There is actually no female characters at all, aside from a couple of unnamed women who are mentioned in passing.

That said, it's a fun first-person narrative thriller with lots of twists, tho a little provincial and oh so British.

The reader, Robert Powell, played the main character in the 1978 movie (which I understand is more closely based on the book than the Hitchcock film) and a subsequent British TV series. He did a great job with some of the dialects, especially the various Scottish characters who populate the middle section of the book.


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