I beg to differ from the other reviewers. I believe the late Frederick Davidson (aka David Case) was without exception the best reader of audiobooks. Although I agree that this reading is slightly below his usual standard, Davidson below par is still better than most other readers at their best. The novel is the first sequel to The Three Musketeers and, although there is a bit less humor in this work, if you liked the original you will probably like this sequel.
This was Greene's last novel published during his lifetime. He famously said that half his novels were "entertainments," and this is one. But while most of the entertainments, very much including this one, are indeed entertaining, they also usually contain considerable insight. Again, this is no exception. In Greene's more famous novel, "The Quiet American," a book with many virtues, he displays an appalling blindness to the evil of communism. There is some of that in "The Human Factor," but not as much. Some of communism's warts, at least, are visible in this book. Of the Greene novels I have read, I still prefer the earlier ones: "The Power and the Glory," "Brighton Rock," and "The Heart of the Matter." But whether you are looking for entertainment or insight into the human condition or both, "The Human Factor" will satisfy. Huzzahs for Piggot-Smith for a very fine reading.
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