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  • Our Man in Havana

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    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.

    Jean says: "Delete the Music and It Would Be Fine"
    "Brilliant story, worth the terrible music"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Our Man in Havana to be better than the print version?

    Definitely not


    What other book might you compare Our Man in Havana to and why?

    The script of Dr. Strangelove: they're both brilliant satire.


    What three words best describe Jeremy Northam’s voice?

    excellent, excellent, excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Published four years before the Cuban Missile Crisis, this is a brilliant, very funny cloak-and-dagger about a vacuum cleaner salesman enlisted into British intelligence. The so-called agent reports on unidentified military emplacements that, coincidentally, look a lot like vacuum cleaners. What's real, what's not, and what becomes real are in the mix of this great send-up. Jeremy Northam is a superb reader. The producers, however, got carried away with their own importance and tried to gussy this up with a repetitive snippet of carnival music that works against Graham Greene's straight-faced telling. Even so, it's terrific and well-worth listening to. Let's hope the producers don't come close to wrecking too many other audio productions.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostwalk

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rebecca Stott
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    A Cambridge historian is found drowned, clutching a glass prism in her hand. The book she was writing about Isaac Newton's involvement with alchemy remains unfinished. When her son, Cameron, asks his former lover, Lydia Brooke, to ghostwrite the missing final chapters of his mother's book, Lydia agrees and moves into Elizabeth's house. Soon Lydia discovers that the violence that has fallen across present-day Cambridge may have its origins in the troubling evidence that Elizabeth's research has unearthed.

    txkimmers says: "More of a stroll"
    "Terrific"
    Overall

    This skillful historical novel vividly portrays 17th century Cambridge: Stourbridge fair, Venetian glass, drafty university life, the plague, alchemy, and the young Isaac Newton. The 20th century love and detective story that frames the earlier history also works well. The characters from both periods are engrossing. Even the spooky goings on in the contemporary story are plausible enough in the novel's context. A pleasure to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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