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Our Man in Havana Audiobook

Our Man in Havana

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Publisher's Summary

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

Then follow some very real events, such as undercover work and even murder attempts, all backed up by phantom chains of information and invented covert agencies.

An often light-hearted but massively important complete and unabridged audiobook, which makes many comments on present-day life despite being published over 50 years ago. The book was also made into a hit film starring Carol Reed and Alec Guinness in 1959, and has recently (2007) been the subject of a play adaptation staged in Guildford to a enthusiastic public reception.

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    Alex 03-23-12
    Alex 03-23-12
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    "Excellent story ruined by horrible music choice"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Eliminate the bad Cuban themed music.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Classic Graham Greene.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeremy Northam’s performances?

    Yes, as long as it does not have the same producer, or whoever chose the music.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, Graham Greene is excellent this is one of his best stories.


    Any additional comments?

    Whoever chose the Cuban music has either no taste, no understanding of this book, or some combination of the two. Very intrusive, ruined the mood. I had to stop listening to it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua 06-13-15
    Joshua 06-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The music ruins it"

    Decent reading, but the production is sub par, especially the anachronistic Gloria Estevan music.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vladimir Shklovsky Richmond, VA 02-09-15
    Vladimir Shklovsky Richmond, VA 02-09-15
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    "Terrible music added for no purpose"
    Any additional comments?

    The book itself is good, and I liked the narrator.

    However, the bad music throughout the audiobook disrupted the experience. To reiterate, it is bad. It is repetitive. It is louder than the narration, so I had to change my volume back and forth. There is no reason for this to happen. Audible should push producers to fix such obnoxious mistakes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 09-16-13
    Diana 09-16-13
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    "Just About Perfect"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Our Man in Havana to be better than the print version?

    Although I am a Graham Greene fan, I haven't read Our Man in Havana in print. This performance was so wonderful, I look forward to listening to it again, but I may never try the print version after this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Our Man in Havana?

    In a book full of wonderful ironies, the vacuum cleaner diagram cum weapon of mass destruction was utterly delightful.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Northam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    A masterwork. I'll be sure to look for Jeremy Northam from now on.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Cold War farce.


    Any additional comments?

    I am adding this to my list of books to be treasured and re-read and re-heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Flemington, Australia 07-09-12
    Nicole Flemington, Australia 07-09-12
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    "Our Man in Havana"

    This was an audiobook that I didn't want to end: the story is amusing and entertaining, well written and it really brought the time and place to life. Jeremy Northam does an excellent job reading it, I'd like to hear more of his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-12-12 Member Since 2015

    Audio books changed my life and they become more important with each passing year for me. My favorite categories include history, biography, and both classic and modern police procedurals.

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    "Adding My Two-Cents on the Music!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Why on earth the loud, disruptive music! I thought those days were over!


    If you’ve listened to books by Graham Greene before, how does this one compare?

    I enjoyed the other two much more - sans music!


    What didn’t you like about Jeremy Northam’s performance?

    So many of your British men have deep, gravely voices that are hard on the ears and not clear. The women are fine and British men without the ancient whiskey voices are great! I love the accents, but not the tobacco-damaged sound.


    Was Our Man in Havana worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was better as a book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    E. Lewis DC 04-24-12
    E. Lewis DC 04-24-12

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    "Fun to listen to"
    Would you listen to Our Man in Havana again? Why?

    Possibly -- it is amusing. Well read, amusing characters, amusing story. Not serious but still not too light weight. Good book, good reader.


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

    Somewhat -- I did wonder what would happen next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Do not remember


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

    NO -- it was all amusing, as it is meant to be.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent for someone who wants an amusing book well read -- but not silly and with some interest in who the people are and what is happening in Havana and London.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Stratford, CT, United States 03-10-12
    Stephen Stratford, CT, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "The music is incredibly annoying"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Graham Greene and the narration is excellent, but the tacky music has no place in this book and is so intrusive that I am about to stop listening. Audible should monitor this sort of stuff and reject versions like this. Very disappointed.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Curry Washington, DC 08-24-16
    Andy Curry Washington, DC 08-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Just the story, please."

    One of Greene's less well known novels, it nonetheless features all of the elements of classic Graham Greene: class, religion, government bureaucracy, love and longing, and a struggle between "good" and "evil." A strong reading by Jeremy Northampton is marred by the producer's choice to add musical interludes. Just the story, please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 05-17-16
    Marianne PETERSHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, United States 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "so enjoyable"
    What made the experience of listening to Our Man in Havana the most enjoyable?

    The story and the reader.


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

    The plot and characters were brilliant


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Northam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He is one of my favourite performers and this is one of his best readings.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Better then the movie


    Any additional comments?

    This is unturnoffable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ian
    8/22/16
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    "Expected an audio book, not music."
    Would you try another book written by Graham Greene or narrated by Jeremy Northam?

    No. I am so disappointed in this audio book I would like my credit refunded.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story is fine, it is obscured by the music that is sometimes playing over the audio. It completely the book for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As I have said it is the playing of music within the book that detracts from this work.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Our Man in Havana?

    I would have cut the decision to include the music.


    Any additional comments?

    I like audiobooks, and I like to hear the story without distractions such as music being played.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stylo
    7/27/16
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    "Graham Greene never disappoints!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is an amusing story well read by Jeremy Northam.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Graham Greene's sense of humour.


    What about Jeremy Northam’s performance did you like?

    All of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T Dewey
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    7/15/16
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    "yeah. I"

    I liked it. easy read. fun. recent reads have been hard going.... not this. I looked forward to.more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. M. Craig
    Durham, County Durham United Kingdom
    7/8/16
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    "Audio Book or Dramatisation"

    Story line is fine and the reader is good. The music is superfluous and annoying

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innes
    7/5/16
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    "unnecessary lengthy musical interludes"

    good story but very much a dark farce, not as enjoyable as Travels with my Aunt or as well crafted and engaging the Quiet American. Also some what spoiled by the unnecessary and lengthy musical interludes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. C. G. Moore
    7/4/16
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    "Light black comedy spoilt by music"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had read about the music being terrible and thought I could overlook this. How bad could it be? It's about every 10 minutes (it gets less frequent as it goes on) and 30secs-1min long, it fades in to the dramatic/comic punchline of every chapter. It is also terrible - like the Sex and the City theme played on an 80s Casio keyboard. So jarring.

    Story is a bit lightweight if you after a Le Carre, Len Deighton style spy thriller.
    Don't get this looking for the prophetic Cuban Missile Crisis stuff, it's not there.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit of suspense but a little too late


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator is good with maybe some questionable accents.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Our Man in Havana?

    all the music


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mipsum
    UK
    5/22/16
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    "A decent performance undermined by loud music"

    Other reviewers have noted the long musical inserts between chapters. I too found these very trying, and gave up after only a few chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DartmoorDiva
    Dartmoor
    3/29/16
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    "Excellent… Except for the music!"

    One of Graham Greene's really first class stories, very well read by Jeremy Northam. The whole book was extremely enjoyable, only marred by the completely unnecessary and overlong musical insertions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MaDr8y
    Cambs., UK
    3/23/16
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    "sounds good"

    Jeremy Northam is excellent as ever, but the frequent super loud bursts of plastic samba (possibly from a bon tempi) detract from a great story read by an excellent actor. Still worth an ear though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    3/1/16
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    "TRAVESTY"

    Great story, fair narrator but book totally spoilt by gratuitous brass band music at the end of almost every chapter, which sometimes runs for minutes. Travesty is the only word for it. I couldn't get to the end of the book as the music was far too intrusive and deeply annoying. Editors, please note we do not need music in an audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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