Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over 50 years at his mother’s funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon South wood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay...
Accompanying his aunt, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies, war criminals and CIA men, as well as smoking pot, breaking all the currency regulations and eventually coming alive after a dull suburban life.
©1969 Graham Greene (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd
I've read this book many times, it being a personal favourite so I wasn't sure whether hearing it as well would add anything but I was wrong: Tim Piggott-Smith brought it all to life. I didn't want it to end. I'll be listening to this one again.
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My best friend recomended it to me over and over and over again... so there was too much hype.
I liked the charcaters, they were fun, but overall I was let down.
I have read almost everything by Greene, most of it on Audiobooks, but this one severely taxed my patience. Greene seems to have padded this out ad nauseum, and if this is an attempt to write a "comic" novel, it fails wretchedly. Avoid this one like the plague --and read as many of the other Greenes as you can get your hands on--especially as Audiobooks, all of which are beautifully read.
"Very enjoyable, and fun"
This is quite different to my normal reading, but I did enjoy it immensely. Quite a far fetched tale, but nevertheless one took to the 'cast' and it was great fun to watch the staid ex bank manager 'loosen up' and surprise even himself with his exploits!!
One to listen to again!
"Pleasing, but not a patch on Our Man in Havana"
This was a continuation of my audiobook journey with Graham Greene. I'd never read him before and I was very taken with my first (Our Man in Havana), enjoyed The End of the Affair and The Quiet American, and now my enthusiasm is starting to wane with Travels with My Aunt. To be fair, my audiobook selections have been based on how well rated the audiobook performances are, so much of my reaction might be down to the audiobook adaptation. That said, Tim Piggot-Smith was surprisingly versatile in his reading of Travels with My Aunt. I enjoyed his performance of the tale.
The material is of its time, undoubtedly, so I don't have issues with it being somewhat dated. But I saw the key plot 'hooks' approaching and then bemoaned them taking so long to arrive.
Still a pleasing listen, but not a patch on Our Man in Havana.
Yes I would. I'd even pay CTC. :)
Aunt Augusta is a fabulous character. She keeps surprising you until the end, but she is real.
He's a great reader. He transmits the changing emotions and circumstances of the characters just perfectly.
This has been just about the best thing I've got from Audible yet. So there.
"Wonderful - but not like his better known books"
This is a very funny, poignant story of what happens when a retired and rather dull bank manager meets his eccentric 'aunt', who shakes up his life and makes him question everything he has thought, believed and done in his life. Tim Piggott-Smith brings out the humour very well, so that the larger than life characters stay just on the right side of ridiculous.
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