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.
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.
The story and the reader.
The plot and characters were brilliant
Yes. He is one of my favourite performers and this is one of his best readings.
Better then the movie
This is unturnoffable
"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.
"Graham Greene never disappoints!"
Yes, because it is an amusing story well read by Jeremy Northam.
Graham Greene's sense of humour.
All of it.
I liked it. easy read. fun. recent reads have been hard going.... not this. I looked forward to.more
"Audio Book or Dramatisation"
Story line is fine and the reader is good. The music is superfluous and annoying
"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.
"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
"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.
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.
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!
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