This novel was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's classic film of the same name.
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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.
I'd recommend this book to a friend who likes an exciting plot and an excellent narrator.
I don't read many thrillers but I heard about this old one on a recent trip to Scotland.
No, never heard him before. Will look for him in the future.
Yes! I found myself wanting to get back to my listening.
Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.
I listened to this book with 2 of my teens. We all enjoyed it. You have to listen close to follow all of the twists and turns. John Buchan originated the Spy thriller genre. This is the first story that he did. Richard Hannay is the main character. He is strong and clever, and is loyal to his country. The story takes place just prior to WW I.
Richard Hannay is the main character. A man dropped into the middle of an adventure that he doesn't understand in the beginning. As he learns more the chase gets hotter and hotter as he is chased by both the police and the evil Blackstone.
A great accent and kept the story moving along. Easy to understand.
It is nice to have stories that are interesting for parents and kids. This story didn't have anything that I would be embarrassed to have the children hear.
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.
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