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The Thirty-Nine Steps Audiobook

The Thirty-Nine Steps

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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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    Ian Newcastle, Australia 07-28-11
    Ian Newcastle, Australia 07-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Way different to the movies"

    This is a classic adventure story of its day, very well read by Robert Powell. It is dated, but quite enjoyable still if you regard it as a period piece. I was expecting it to be very similar to the original Alfred Hitchcock movie made in England in 1935, but the movie only bears a superficial resemblance to the book. Even the significance of the '39 Steps' title is completely different between the book and movie. A good 'read' nevertheless.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Colin R. 04-03-16
    Colin R. 04-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant Narration of a Classic!"

    Exceptional story telling of a well scripted novel. Evil is so poignantly described in that it is scarcely noticeable to the eye of the average onlooker. The protagonist doesn't miss a detail!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KB's Mom 07-15-14
    KB's Mom 07-15-14 Member Since 2014

    I love books, no matter the form. They have always been the place to go for peace and quiet.

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    "Buchan - maybe the father of this genre."
    Would you listen to The Thirty-Nine Steps again? Why?

    Yes. I like the story. I like the movie adaptations. It is a war story with enemy agents daring do and a good plot.


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

    All of his books. I particularly liked this because there are no damsels in distress.


    What aspect of Robert Powell’s performance would you have changed?

    His voice is a little grating, flat, and slow at the same time. His reading didn't convey the excitement of the most, well, exciting parts.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The Thirty Nine Steps not an adaptation"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William M Storm MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 10-11-12
    William M Storm MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012

    An academic who listens to novels on runs and commutes to campus.

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    "International Intrigue"

    This narrative moves quickly, but it never seems that the events of the narrative are being pushed to further the action. Though the actions of three weeks are compressed into just four hours of story-telling, the story never feels rushed. While Richard Hannay is thrust into political intrigue, his history as a military officer and mining engineer allows him to engage with German operatives without being out of his element. Though perhaps the narrative allows him to escape too easily from capture or figure out connections a little too readily, this story is quite enjoyable and worth the time.

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    Raymond Lebanon, CT, United States 08-07-12
    Raymond Lebanon, CT, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Exciting Adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to a friend who likes an exciting plot and an excellent narrator.


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

    I don't read many thrillers but I heard about this old one on a recent trip to Scotland.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Powell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, never heard him before. Will look for him in the future.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I found myself wanting to get back to my listening.


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  • Prof V. Alexander
    Newquay, Cornwall, U.K.
    3/24/17
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    "Old classic brought to life"
    What made the experience of listening to The Thirty-Nine Steps the most enjoyable?

    Robert Powell is an excellent narrator. His voice brings the characters and places to life.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Powell – was your favourite?

    The story is told in the first person and it is easy to like him, feel his fear, uncertainties and devotion to duty.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    You are kept on your toes, straining to see a glimpse of the hunters on the roads in the distance, so you might will our hero to keep hidden or make a break for it. Robert Powell keeps your heart in your mouth, every step of the way.


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  • D. Eastwood
    North Yorkshire
    2/17/17
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    "CLASSIC "CLASSIC" !!"
    Where does The Thirty-Nine Steps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like this one of the best Audio Books I have downloaded but that said I loved the films - all of them! (There are three that I know of) This is a ripping good yarn, well written and beautifully narrated by Robert Powell.


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

    I suppose you could compare this to "mysteries" but to my mind it stands in a class of it's own.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Powell – was your favourite?

    Richard Hanney without a doubt !!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Gripping tale of politics and intrigue prior to World War 1


    Any additional comments?

    I will not be returning this book as I know it is one I can just listen to over and over again, and each time I do to date I still find some little trick I have missed!

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  • Ed Switzerland
    8/12/16
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    "Classic story perfectly read by Robert Powell"

    Can highly recommend! Difficult to believe that this was written a hundred years ago. Different from the classic Hitchcock film version but equally good.

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/17/16
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    "YAWN!!!"

    Can only say I endured it to the end. I have enjoyed several film adaptations and was looking forward to the book. Thankfully the films are far superior to the book. In fact they are so different they might not even be linked to the novel if you were unaware!!!. However...Robert Powell was brilliant in the performance of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Megan
    Evesham
    4/11/16
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    "Original"

    Nice to have the original story rather than the various film attempts to make it more entertaining. There is enough tension and urgency in the original to make it a readable (and re-readable) story, even if the language and politics are now less fashionable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Keighley + Rachael Keighley
    3/4/16
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    "Excellent"

    A great story, made all the better by the wonderful way Robert Powell narrates. First class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MBNA
    2/25/16
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    "Well read"

    This really was a classic. I'm afraid it wasn't for me, the voice suited the character and time very well. I didn't look what it was about so it's my fault. I found it hard going with all the spy stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jemma Kamara
    2/10/16
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    "charming"

    nice story, well delivered. I can see why this continues to be one of the top 10 all time espionage books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jodie
    England
    2/7/16
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    "Bit dull, forgets women exist."

    A book by a man, solely about men (I don't think a single female appears in the story, not even a wife or a maid and even the dogs are male) probably best enjoyed by men who also like to forget that women exist. That aside, the story was slow, not particularly gripping and even the climax was weak.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    2/1/16
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    "OK but dated (naturally)"

    I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would - some of the language was a bit 'hard to take', and it certainly was dated. In one instance - someone was bestowing grateful thanks for something and said 'You're a white man'!!! Odd to say the least as he wan't stating the obvious - he was implying his respect!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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