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Greenmantle | [John Buchan]

Greenmantle

Secret agent Richard Hannay travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic messiah. He is joined by three others: John S. Blenkiron, an American who is determined to battle the Kaiser; Peter Pienaar, an old Boer Scout; and the colorful Sandy Arbuthnot, who is modeled on Lawrence of Arabia. Their success or failure could change the outcome of the First World War.
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Publisher's Summary

In Greenmantle, Richard Hannay, the South African mining engineer and war hero first introduced in Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic messiah.

He is joined by three others: John S. Blenkiron, an American who is determined to battle the Kaiser; Peter Pienaar, an old Boer Scout; and the colorful Sandy Arbuthnot, who is modeled on Lawrence of Arabia. Disguised, they travel through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border to confront their enemies, the hideous Stumm and the evil beauty Hilda von Einem. Their success or failure could change the outcome of the First World War.

Spy guy: listen to more of Hannay's exploits in The Thirty-Nine Steps, which was the source for one of Alfred Hitchcock's classic films.

(P)1996 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"A specialty audio, a classic, but definitely a 'thinking man's audio'. Bravo, Blackstone Audiobooks, which seems to find these gems!" (KLIATT)

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    Johnny Littleton, CO, USA 08-08-07
    Johnny Littleton, CO, USA 08-08-07
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    "Incredible!"

    This book had me sucked in. I couldn't stop listening to it. I started it whilst I was doing a few long drives for work, and had to take it out of the car and finish it up at home.

    It may take a little time to adjust to the English, if you are not English. I've lived a fair amount of time in England, Canada and Australia, so it was not a problem. The book was published in 1916, so the language mirrors the time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jazztyke Australia 08-10-12
    Jazztyke Australia 08-10-12

    Don't settle for someone you can live with. Find someone you can't live without.

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    "Wonderful story from 1915"
    Where does Greenmantle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story is the perfect sequel to The Thirty-Nine Steps. It's so well written it's easy to imagine yourself walking the same streets and living in pre WWI.


    What other book might you compare Greenmantle to and why?

    This is a story of espionage and I kept thinking back to Callan (book by James Mitchell, currently out of print) - a TV series from the 1970s. Like Hannay, Callan was an 'everyman' and a reluctant spy living in dangerous times.


    What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader really made the characters come alive. His accents were quite believable and not at all distracting (as some are in their 'awfulness'). I've listened to a couple of different readers 'do' this book, but Robert Whitfield is the best in my opinion.


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

    Yes, definately a one-sitting book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Mount Hermon, CA, United States 05-25-09
    Elisabeth Mount Hermon, CA, United States 05-25-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A Great Audio Recording!"

    John Buchan is one of my favorite authors. This recording was well read and very engrossing. I would very much like to see some of his other titles offered. Huntingtower would make a great soud recording as would John MacNab. Thank you Audible for your great service.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • James
    Walberswick, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    8/17/08
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    "Excellent"

    Execellent narration, really captures Hannay's voice as well as the supporting characters. Aside from 39 Steps this is best of the Hannay series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    United Kingdom
    10/16/13
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    "Buchan's Best"

    This is the book that Buchan was warming up for when he wrote the 39 steps. Its essentially the same story but bigger, more action, more travel and more chums...Have you seen the Will Smith film Bad Boys? Well this is Bad Boys two.
    What I found surprising though was the comforting wisdom in it, the casts attitude to life, whats important and their struggles was gently inspiring.
    Its not the best book ever but its a good solid piece of quality classic British writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Serena
    Hythe, United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "Derring-do and stiff-upper-lips"
    Where does Greenmantle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good book and I enjoyed it - I love the old-fashioned language of John Buchan's novels.


    What other book might you compare Greenmantle to, and why?

    The writing is dated, and it compares well with any of the other adventure / heroic stories of that era, but political correctness, in particular to 'foreigners' had not been invented at the time Greenmantle was written.


    What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Robert Whitfield has the perfect well-spoken English accent for the book. And if some of his 'other' accents aren't quite accurate, it doesn't matter, it all works smoothly.


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

    Great heroes and brave spies...


    Any additional comments?

    The language is old-fashioned and it would be possible to laugh at the book, but it's great escapism back to my childhood when my father used to read Buchan to us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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