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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;

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  • Miss
    United Kingdom
    4/24/13
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
    Overall
    "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
  • Duncan
    Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
    9/10/09
    Overall
    "Excellent"

    A really excellent version of this classic tale. Well read and presented - a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    6/25/14
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    "A real classic I loved every bit of it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Thirty-Nine Steps to be better than the print version?

    Better, this is the version I would recommend to anybody interested in reading this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The protagonists and his sense of adventure


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

    Allot he added so much to the character and really brought him to life a perfect match of story character and voice actor.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite audio books so far highly recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    MunichGermany
    4/1/10
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    "awful"

    Possibly the most overated novel of all time. Unbeleivable coincidences & "luck" abound.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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