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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Eliminate the bad Cuban themed music.
Classic Graham Greene.
Yes, as long as it does not have the same producer, or whoever chose the music.
Yes, Graham Greene is excellent this is one of his best stories.
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.
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.
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.
In a book full of wonderful ironies, the vacuum cleaner diagram cum weapon of mass destruction was utterly delightful.
A masterwork. I'll be sure to look for Jeremy Northam from now on.
Cold War farce.
I am adding this to my list of books to be treasured and re-read and re-heard.
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.
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.
Why on earth the loud, disruptive music! I thought those days were over!
I enjoyed the other two much more - sans music!
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.
It was better as a book.
Possibly -- it is amusing. Well read, amusing characters, amusing story. Not serious but still not too light weight. Good book, good reader.
Somewhat -- I did wonder what would happen next.
Do not remember
NO -- it was all amusing, as it is meant to be.
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.
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.
Maybe. A classic by Greene, spendidly voiced, but overlong musical interludes and uneven sound levels ruin the experience.
He's a master of character. I can almost see the main character, Wormold, who is a man under duress and basically a weakling. The other characters are likewise masterfully voiced.
It's a funny, ironic book.
A little tweaking of sound levels, and getting rid of that music would make this an A+ experience.
Stupid music ! Spoilt the performance.
Plus the fact that my review was not long enough and I had to type this further comment
"Expected an audio book, not music."
No. I am so disappointed in this audio book I would like my credit refunded.
The story is fine, it is obscured by the music that is sometimes playing over the audio. It completely the book for me.
As I have said it is the playing of music within the book that detracts from this work.
I would have cut the decision to include the music.
I like audiobooks, and I like to hear the story without distractions such as music being played.
"Light black comedy spoilt by music"
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.
A bit of suspense but a little too late
Narrator is good with maybe some questionable accents.
all the music
"Entertaining. Good narration"
Selected this after 'stalins English man' and wondered about fiction by a writer who had moved in these circles. Was not disappointed. Good story which illustrates the system but demonstrates the flaws ! Inspired to read more from author. Also more fiction and non fiction about espionage about that time.
"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.
"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.
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!
"Great story, shame about the music!"
This story is a graham Greene classic and it is well-read by Jeremy Northam (some slightly dodgy accents), but the music used to separate the chapters is really annoying and unnecessary; like some kid thought it would be a really cool idea without giving any thought as to how it was messing up the performance of the story.
"Why so much music"
Music at the beginning and end is ok but this would probably be 15 minutes shorter without all the interminable musical interludes.
"Excellent narration and story, let down by music"
A great audio book - perfect length, well written story with great narration. What's not to like? Well the awful lift music preceding each chapter, location change or plot element for one! Whoever thought that was good idea needs to change careers and why is it so long, there were sections of a couple of minutes at times? It only serves to break up the narrative and annoy - CSA Word take note please.
However, please do persevere with this title. It's the only version available on Audible (in the UK at least).
Jeremy Northam does a sterling job with the characters and sets the right tone - finding the comedy without going to far.
Greene's Havana is pre-Castro and populated with foreigners who all seem to have a second (or third) motive. The main protagonist is an Englishman getting in over his head in the world of espionage.
As others have noted there is a change between the sections in Cuba and London, the heat and alcohol being replaced with smog and damp. Greene's characters feel well created with depth, ambiguity and their own motives. He takes a few week aimed pokes at the establishment and those in public positions, with a few plot points tied up a little too neatly. However it's a great novel and we'll with your time, just skip over the awful musical interludes.
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