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The Thirty-Nine Steps | [John Buchan]

The Thirty-Nine Steps

When Richard Hannay offered sanctuary to the man he found on his doorstep, he took the first step on a trail of peril, murder, and espionage.
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Publisher's Summary

When Richard Hannay offered sanctuary to the man he found on his doorstep, he took the first step on a trail of peril, murder, and espionage.

This novel was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's classic film of the same name.

©1915 William Blackwood and Sons; (P)1991, 2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Scoobytooby
    Carmarthenshire
    4/4/14
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    "One of My Favourites"
    What did you like most about The Thirty-Nine Steps?

    I have always loved this story since I was a child watching it on TV. I loved the action-adventure, codes, spys, secrets and the race against time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thirty-Nine Steps?

    I loved the jumbled explanation Scudder gives at the beginning. As the reader or listener you are as confused as Richard Hannay and you only discover what is happening as Hannay does. I really like that device.


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

    Robert Powell was absolutely excellent in this reading. His change of accent and character was flawless. Of course, I have always loved him as an actor as he took the role of Richard Hannay in the 1970's version, so I can see him running about the countryside and of course this version was much truer to the book than the 1935 version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gerard Lynch
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "An excellent yarn"
    What made the experience of listening to The Thirty-Nine Steps the most enjoyable?

    The narration was first class. The story was very much in the boy's own yarn. The twists and turns were much better than the film versions.


    What other book might you compare The Thirty-Nine Steps to, and why?

    Huntingtower, another of Buchan's great books.


    What about Robert Powell’s performance did you like?

    Pace, diction and ability to get the atmosphere into the voice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Enthralled


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • janien
    hampshire, UK
    3/8/14
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    "Great fun but unbelievable!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes it was great fun to read, hugely entertaining.


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

    The story is so far fetched there are points at which you stand back and think......WHAT!!!!The main character extricates himself from possible situations in plausible ways, but it's fun.


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

    He's an awesome reader. Keeps the pages turning!


    Any additional comments?

    Listen and enjoy it, tongue in cheek!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EVA
    WRAY NR LANCASTER, United Kingdom
    4/30/13
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    "ENGAGING"

    I have seen the various versions of the film and TV series of this book and this is the best. Robert Powell has a most magnificent voice that covers the wholes breadth and variety of people encountered in the book. A truly good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    United Kingdom
    4/24/13
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    "Wish I could give 6 stars"

    This book was gripping, well written, beautifully narrated. Just absolutely brilliant. I'm really looking forward to trying some more John Buchan novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Bury, United Kingdom
    1/8/13
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    "Disappointed"

    It's not the fault of audible, or the narrator, that I was disappointed with this book. The narrator was Robert Powell who was perfect for the job in my opinion, because he played Hannay in the film that I used to watch as a child. I didn't realise though that the book is quite a lot different to the film, and much less exciting. I struggled to follow the plot about various political themes as I'm not really that way inclined, but it's only short so I stuck with it, and wasn't rewarded with the ending, which seemed to fall rather flat after the build up. Oh well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gustav
    London, United Kingdom
    6/17/12
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    "Ho-drum"

    Picked this one up because I keep seeing it mentioned as a play, and I thought it must have been a good book to make it into a play. It is OK, but nothing more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • caroline
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    5/14/12
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    "Brilliant"

    A brilliant 'boy's own' story and Robert Powell the perfect choice of narrator. Would definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Treadwell
    UK
    5/13/10
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    "Perfect!"

    Having watched the recent BBC dramatisation, I thought I would dive in the deep end and give the book a go!

    Storyline a little mundane but overall enjoyable.

    Plot: 6/10
    Narrator: 9/10 - Really suited the period in which the book was written!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Cambridge, Cambs, United Kingdom
    12/4/09
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    "cracking listen"

    Wonderful piece of storytelling - dated of course but that adds to the charm. I'd only seen the Hitchcock film so I was also gripped by finding out where the original story actually goes...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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