This novel was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's classic film of the same name.
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"The Initially Reluctant Spy.."
If you are bored of your surroundings take this tale as a warning.. You may uncover more adventure than you could have believed.
"Of its time but still a good yarn!"
A very well -read classic, most enjoyable. Rather different ending to the one I was expecting only having seen the film.
"Great introduction to audiobooks"
Truly a classic. Narrated well and I loved the different accents. A convenient way of accessing books. I would recommend.
Robert Powell does an excellent job telling the story, however he did pick an exceptional book to read from.
Gripping and suspending, I loved it start to finish.
"One of My Favourites"
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.
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.
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.
"An excellent yarn"
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.
Huntingtower, another of Buchan's great books.
Pace, diction and ability to get the atmosphere into the voice.
Well worth the listen
"Great fun but unbelievable!"
Yes it was great fun to read, hugely entertaining.
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.
He's an awesome reader. Keeps the pages turning!
Listen and enjoy it, tongue in cheek!
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.
"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.
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.
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