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Albert

Grafton, MA, USA

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  • Cause for Alarm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Nicky Marlow needs a job. He’s engaged to be married and the employment market in Britain in 1937 is pretty slim. So when his fiancée points out the position with an English armaments manufacturer in Italy, he jumps at the chance. Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth about his predecessor’s departure and finds himself courted by two agents with dangerously different agendas.

    Thomas D. Johnson says: "The Original Spy Novel"
    "Is it the book, or the performance?"
    Overall


    Not one of my favorite Ambler novels, and I can't decide whether the problem is the book itself or the performance. The protagonist is an insufferable bore and constant complainer, but to some degree, perhaps a large degree, that may be due to the way Thorpe inflects his every utterance with a plaintive, grating whine. Similarly, the other main character, a Russian agent masquerading as an "American" businessman, is rendered with an American accent that is a bit of a mess and very distracting. Given that the bulk of the story involves these two in a sort of buddy-movie escape plot, this novel may be much better to read than to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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