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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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.
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.
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.
This story transports you to a unique time in world history when former British agents used there war experience to frame successful careers as novelists. The best example of which is Ian Fleming.
Well read with perfect dry English humor.
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.
Not really sure where it was going to begin with but only complaint, too short.
You can't get better than Graham Greene's Classic. A real pleasure beautifully voiced.
This convoluted tale of self-serving manipulation and struggle loses none of its drive and appeal for being interpreted and voiced instead of read internally. Characters and situations are all faintly Caribbean-sweaty, redolent with memories for readers who have visited Cuba, as the struggle spirals and develops around them.
It remains very relevant to the 21st Century. It is a powerful critique of the ruling cabal of the 1950s Civil Service from one of our Angry Young Men that has echoed down the years to find our country still held tight by Old Etonians, both in power and behind the scenes.
Buy, listen, learn and, of course, enjoy.
"Too many musical interludes!"
This excellent book is spoilt by the continual musical interlude after almost every change of scene/topic.
None because of the annoying music
Yes the repetitive music 'moved' me to switch off!
The book and the narration was excellent spoilt by that awful music. Can a version be done with the narration only?
Amusing spy satire
Dr. Hasselbacher's drunken conversation with the American whom he decides is a figment of his imagination.
No, it's not compulsive.
The music is TERRIBLE and I think it was the main reason I listened to it in stops and starts. It's used to signal the end of each chapter, and it gets repetitive very quickly, plus, it doesn't suit the mood a lot of the time.
I love the vivid characters and humour. Very atmospheric and romantic, like a great black and white movie.
"Quintessential Greene well read"
Great story which I have read myself some years ago. Well read in style suited to Greene's writing. Highly recommended.
Yes. Some of the language is brilliant and the characters are wonderfully realised.
Well matched to the text.
The musical interludes used to indicate the settings in each chapter (Havana or London) were rather long, and jarred slightly, but this is a very minor issue.
"Please cut the horrendous music"
I would have done anything to get rid of the hideous music that intruded loudly between every chapter & sometimes in the middle of chapters. Really awful.
He is absolutely brilliant. The book is beautifully read.
A brilliant book, superbly read. But dear god, whose idea was that GHASTLY music???
Performance ruined by stupid musical interludes every few minutes that take you out of the story and disrupt the flow.
"The music helps a lot"
Am I the only person who loved the musical intervals which distinguished events in London and Havana? Maybe because I was brought up on Cuban music (growing up near Miami) I thought it
added mood and flavour to Jeremy Northam's brilliant reading of this hilarious satire. I'd love to know who composed the Cuban music.
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