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Huntingtower | [John Buchan]

Huntingtower

Dickson McCunn, a respectable, newly retired grocer of romantic heart, plans a modest walking holiday in the hills of south-west Scotland. He meets a young English poet and, contrary to his better sense, finds himself in the thick of a plot involving the kidnapping of a Russian princess, who is held prisoner in the rambling mansion, Huntingtower.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Newly-retired grocer Dickson McCunn ventures out to explore the hills of southwest Scotland only to be swept into bizarre and unexpected adventures. Contrary to his better sense, Dickson becomes tangled in a plot involving a kidnapped Russian princess and a revolutionary struggle. Narrator Steven Cree's light Scottish accent adds brightness to the first in a trilogy of stories about reluctant hero Dickson. In addition to his good sense of the story's quick pace, Cree has an exceptional feel for the characters, tweaking his accent and pitch to show differences in status and origin.

Publisher's Summary

Dickson McCunn, a respectable, newly retired grocer of romantic heart, plans a modest walking holiday in the hills of south-west Scotland. He meets a young English poet and, contrary to his better sense, finds himself in the thick of a plot involving the kidnapping of a Russian princess, who is held prisoner in the rambling mansion, Huntingtower.

This modern fairy-tale is also a gripping adventure story, and in it Buchan introduces some of his best-loved characters, including the Gorbals Die-Hards, who reappear in later novels. He also paints a remarkable picture of a man rejuvenated by joining much younger comrades in a challenging and often dangerous fight against tyranny and fear.

About the series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

About the Author: John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, was a Scottish diplomat, barrister, journalist, historian, poet and novelist. He wrote adventure novels, short-story collections and biographies. His passion for the Scottish countryside is reflected in much of his writing. Buchan's adventure stories are high in romance and are peopled by a large cast of characters. 'Richard Hannay', 'Dickson McCunn' and 'Sir Edward Leithen' are three that reappear several times. Alfred Hitchcock adapted his most famous book The Thirty-Nine Steps, featuring Hannay, for the big screen.

Born in 1875 in Perth, Buchan was the son of a minister. Childhood holidays were spent in the Borders, for which he had a great love. He was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was President of the Union. Called to the Bar in 1901, he became Lord Milner's assistant private secretary in South Africa. By 1907, however, he was working as a publisher with Nelson's. During the First World War Buchan was a correspondent at the Front for The Times, as well as being an officer in the Intelligence Corps and advisor to the War Cabinet. Elected as a Conservative Member of Parliament for one of the Scottish Universities' seats in 1927, he was created Baron Tweedsmuir in 1935. From then until his death in 1940 he served as Governor General of Canada, during which time he neverthelss managed to continue writing.

Public Domain (P)2013 Steven Cree

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  • Karen
    Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Classic adventure"
    If you could sum up Huntingtower in three words, what would they be?

    Unlikely hero's adventure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They're all brilliant - as usual from John Buchan - but the hero, Dickson McCunn, has to be the best. Wee Jaikie, Dougal, Thomas Younie and the other Gorbals Die-Hards are just cracking characters. Buchan had a wonderful way with characterisation that I have to say, as a writer myself, I somewhat envy.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Cree – was your favourite?

    Again, all good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The poet's entrapment in the tower, and his escape attempt had me on the edge of my seat. There were many other such moments, but that's the one I remember most clearly.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is classic John Buchan - ordinary people thrown into extraordinary situations and showing how anyone, in the right circumstances, can show themselves to be heroic far beyond what they would have thought possible. Memorable characters and a haunting landscape, expertly written. Can't fault it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prue Magee
    7/7/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "History alive"
    What made the experience of listening to Huntingtower the most enjoyable?

    Well read with good characterisation


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Huntingtower?

    The description of the defence of the house. Vivid description building suspense.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Cree’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but will be looking out for other books.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the urchins and the princess


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth reading. One forgets the great skills of story telling from the classic authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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