Somewhere in shadowy post-war Vienna, where everyone has something to sell on the black market, lurks "the third man", who witnessed the murder of Harry Lime. The police don't care to investigate, but novelist Holly Martins is haunted by the death of his friend, and his search for the killer makes for electrifying drama.
©2009 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works
The cast are excellent, bringing this story to life with wit and skill. Greene's story of Vienna's ugly black market trading is carefully recreated by the cast, the soundtrack and the sound effects used, and it works well - it's entertaining and engrossing. Kelsey Grammer gives a particularly praise-worthy performance as Holly Martins.
Rather then performing Graham Greene's brilliant play about 1945-46 war-ravaged Vienna, the theater troop change Greene's words, which changes the deep meaning of Greene's sophisticated characters. Much better to buy the original movie and see what Greene originally wrote as a movie.
Been alive to veto this travesty of his work.
Someone faithful to the writer's writing.
Cut this whole performance and saved my money for the original movie.
I listen to my shelf of Greene audiobooks frequently – all his great novels – but this audiobook is not NOT the spirit or words of Greene's screenplay – so it sits unused as my only bad purchase from Audible. (Thank you Audible for offering this "review" function on your site.)
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