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Brighton Rock | [Graham Greene]

Brighton Rock

An unabridged audio edition of Graham Greene's classic gang-war thriller. A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.... Read by Samuel West.
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An unabridged audio edition of Graham Greene's classic gang-war thriller. A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.... Read by Samuel West.

©1938 Graham Greene (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    Pita North Shore City, New Zealand 11-29-11
    Pita North Shore City, New Zealand 11-29-11
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    "Chilling classic novel. Authetically read"

    Brighton Rock is a superbly chilling novel. The characters are incredibly well developed and despite the main character Pinkie being an manipulative, murderous psychopath, Greene still manages to make the reader entirely enthralled in what happens to him. The plot is enthralling and the writing style shows Greene's genius. Samuel West's reading is entirely in character and only increases the enjoyment of this remarkable novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nadia 12-03-12
    Nadia 12-03-12 Member Since 2013

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    "One of the best writers of his time"
    Where does Brighton Rock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Both the book and the performance are fantastic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Character portrayal is so convincing that you cannot put the book down. You know these people inside and out and want to read on. Rose's naivety and the complicated self-deprecating "boy" are superbly drawn.


    Which character – as performed by Samuel West – was your favorite?

    Both the boy and Rose.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. The only reason why I put 4 stars instead of 5 for the story is that I was more interested in the writing itself, which is matchless for the way the characters are portrayed. But even if you wanted a good story, this wouldn't let you down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 10-26-12
    Heather 10-26-12
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    "I found it hard-going"
    What did you like best about Brighton Rock? What did you like least?

    I have seen the movie but couldn't really remember it. I haven't listened to the end of this book as I lost interest. I might have another go at it one day. Perhaps I should see the movie again. It just didn't grip me. Perhaps I wasn't concentrating enough


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-07-12
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-07-12 Member Since 2014

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "A Real Treat"

    A man calling himself "Fred" Hale is about to lose his life, and he knows it. He tries to put off the inevitable murder he knows he's brought on himself by befriending Ida, a curvy broad he's just met at a bar, and asking her to tag along for the day. But the second she's got her back turned, "Fred" disappears for good. Pinkie, a young sociopath barely out of his teens is the new gang boss, and one little murder is no skin off his nose, but he wants to make sure he's got his tracks covered, so he romances Rose, a waitress and just a kid, as she'd seen "Fred" that fateful day, and the last thing Pinkie needs is a witness. Rose falls head over heels for Pinkie's rough ways, so now Pinkie must decide between committing another murder or marrying the girl. But marriage is forever, isn't it? And with Ida sniffing around and asking lots of questions, things get harder and harder to keep under wraps.

    An excellent novel by a writer who quickly became one of my all-time favourites, this story boasts a cast of wonderfully flawed characters, and the gripping tension doesn't let you go from beginning to end as the protagonists try to make choices between what they think to be right or wrong according to their own priorities, even as they fear the wrath of a God they're not sure how to serve. This version, as narrated by actor Samuel West is a treat not to be missed.

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    Lindyanne Cheltenham, Australia 01-13-12
    Lindyanne Cheltenham, Australia 01-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Evokes the time and place vividly"
    If you could sum up Brighton Rock in three words, what would they be?

    Graphic, compelling, well written


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

    Yes. I needed to know how far Pinky was willing to go.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many of them, can't choose


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    carol Coquitlam, BC, Canada 09-28-11
    carol Coquitlam, BC, Canada 09-28-11
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    "Great story, Great reader"

    I saw that this was a very popular book on the audible uk site, and thought I'd give it a go. Not disappointed at all. The reader , also, was wonderful. It is not a cheery story, but this story was written very well, and it came alive in your head.

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