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The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1 | [John Buchan]

The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1

Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.
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Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.

May 1914: Europe is close to war and spies are everywhere. Richard Hannay has arrived back in London to begin a new life, when a spy called Scudder asks for help to uncover a German plot to murder the Greek prime minister in London and to steal British plans for the outbreak of war. He claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone. A few days later, Scudder is murdered. Hannay is forced to continue Scudder’s work and is chased across Scotland both by police and German spies. The solution to the mysterious phrase 'Thirty-Nine Steps' is a thread that runs through the whole story.

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    "epic!!!!!!!"

    epic story and outstanding narration!!!!!!! Peter Joyce does a great job of making you feel like you know the characters in the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "One of my favorite listens ever!"

    So I took a chance with this one for a road trip I was driving on solo. I absolutely loved it! excellent story line and performance. If you want to hear a great story check this out, you wont be disappointed.

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    K B's Mom 07-13-14
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    I love to read. Right now I am reading a lot of regency romance. However I am just as likely to be reading historical non fiction. I read.

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    "John Buchan"
    What made the experience of listening to The Thirty Nine Steps the most enjoyable?

    I have read this book several times. I also watched the movies. Listening to the story while reading made it very pleasurable.


    What other book might you compare The Thirty Nine Steps to and why?

    There are 5 Hannay books. Hannay is the protagonist in all 5 books. I have read them all and although the stories reflected the attitudes regarding racial predjudics and the religiou s beliefs and I cringed at reading them. I am mature enough to understand that that was the way it was. The books were written at least one hundred years ago and the stories are of that time.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Joyce – was your favorite?

    Hannay


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Surely. But life goes on and there are more things to do.


    Any additional comments?

    I stumbled my way into John Buchan. The 39Steps was a free ebook @Gutenberg Press. I thought that it was the story behind the Hitchcock movie. Twas better. One of the most unexpected things was the female character and the role she portrays in the story. There are very strong characters and this book is definitely a thriller.

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    Amazon Customer BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 09-18-13
    Amazon Customer BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Gripping story and narration"
    Would you listen to The Thirty Nine Steps again? Why?

    I would listen to it again. It has a great pace, wonderful characters, and Peter Joyce's voice and style are perfect for the tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thirty Nine Steps?

    Many -- I think my favorite is his explanation of why he becomes sure the culprits are truly who he is looking for


    Have you listened to any of Peter Joyce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I would like to and will


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It kept me enthralled and I did listen to it much faster than other books


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    Platypus Perth, WA, Australia 08-05-13
    Platypus Perth, WA, Australia 08-05-13
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    What did you love best about The Thirty Nine Steps?

    The suspense and the main character's trials and tribulations.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, you never knew what was going to happen to him next.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Joyce – was your favorite?

    Hannay


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Don't know, I'm not a great one for such things.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent book. Well worth a listen,

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    6/23/11
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    "good yarn!"

    enjoyed hearing the original version - seen quite a few film & tv versions. bit wordy at times but it goes with the period. good ending.

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  • Louise
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    5/4/11
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    "Classic rendition of an espionage classic"

    I defy anyone not to be utterly transported by this classic thriller. Brilliantly narrated by Peter Joyce.

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  • Sharon
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    3/16/11
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    "Boys Own Adventure"

    This is a well known story to me having seen two film versions, which I have always enjoyed. The narrator gives a very 'Dan Dare' type delivery, which keeps you interested, even if you already know the story. The adventure starts when Richard Hannay (our hero) is suspected of the murder of a mysterious stranger he befriends. This stranger tells him a tale of political intrigue and conspiracy which unravels throughout the plot. There follows the chase of Hannay who is being pursued by sinister men across Scotland, as he adopts a series of disguises to escape his would be captures.

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