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The Quiet American Audiobook

The Quiet American

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Publisher's Summary

Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh, while his friend, Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on.

Fowler's mistress, a beautiful native girl, creates a catalyst for jealousy and competition between the men and a cultural clash resulting in bloodshed and deep misgivings.

Written in 1955, prior to the Vietnam conflict, The Quiet American foreshadows the events leading up to the Vietnam War. Questions surrounding the moral ambiguity of the involvement of the United States in foreign countries are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.

©1983 Graham Greene; (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"There has been no novel of any political scope about Vietnam since Graham Greene wrote The Quiet American." (Harper's)
"Greene is a superb storyteller. He evokes the most actual streets, the most vivid skies, and individuals who can have a lacerating reality as they search the labyrinth of their lives." (Newsweek)

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    Iysis 10-18-16
    Iysis 10-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Predictable"

    I did not enjoy the story because it was to easy to figure out. I had the impression it was a novella that had been told 1000x.

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    Linda J. Sisco Morristown, NJ, USA 10-16-16
    Linda J. Sisco Morristown, NJ, USA 10-16-16 Member Since 2014

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    "A brutally honest indictment of America in Vietnam"

    America learned nothing from the French disaster in Vietnam. And now the insanity is returning in the form of Donald Trump.

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    J. Dieterle New Jersey 09-09-16
    J. Dieterle New Jersey 09-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic book, hilarious narration"

    The book is a masterpiece. The narrator, while not nearly as bad as indicated here, only has two modes: the default "Evil British Guy" voice and the worst attempt to mimic an American accent (or more accurately, all American accents at once). I doesn't fit the tone of the novel, but it is mighty entertaining all the same.

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    Tom 08-12-16
    Tom 08-12-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting Historical Perspective"
    What did you love best about The Quiet American?

    When one considers that this was written before the US officially entered the Vietnam War, this book is a powerful statement. We can learn from it with today's events too.


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    Samantha R. Van Doren 07-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "NOT a soy book, and the narrator doesn't get comma"

    The story is supposed to be a spy Thriller but it is more a romance until the last couple chapters. The narrator has a weird way of reading commas and quotations, it made it hard to listen to and understand what timeline we were on in the book. His accents and voices were so crazy and not always unique, rather indistinguishable.

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    Alfonso Perez Iglesias 07-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Parecía que estabas en una montaña rusa..."
    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Joseph Porter?

    Joseph Porter... NO!!


    What didn’t you like about Joseph Porter’s performance?

    Nada!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    He escuchado varios... y con diferencia es el peor de todos... Joseph Porter es muy malo. Cuándo lo estabas escuchando... constantemente con subidas y bajadas de tono sin venir a cuento... ¡¡Muy mala interpretación!! Unas voces horribles...

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    Veritas Cambridge, MA 07-08-16
    Veritas Cambridge, MA 07-08-16
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    "Nasal Brit and Offensive Accents"

    The reader of this audio book has a big task: he must perform at least 5 different accents, and he's awful.

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    Stephen Silver Spring, MD, United States 05-26-16
    Stephen Silver Spring, MD, United States 05-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Book and Fine Narrator"

    People need to take it easy on the narrator. His upper crust British accent is perfect for the material. His "American accent" is a bit distracting at first, mostly because of all of the horrible reviews it got. It isn't that big of a deal. He uses it relatively rarely throughout because the book contains much more narrative than dialogue. The writing is exquisite.

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    Joseph 04-03-16
    Joseph 04-03-16 Member Since 2009

    A storyteller, reader, and writer (in that chronological order) since childhood, Audible helps me to bring all 3 together.

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    "Great book, but mediocre narration"

    Most of the interest of this story relies on the fascinating, and engaging character of the narrator, a cynical British journalist, whose moral sense is paradoxically awakened by the naive, seemingly-innocent, but fundamentally even more corrupt idealism of a crusading young American. The title misrepresents the book in my opinion: it's less about this man than the Brit who tells the story, and the American is not all that quiet, either. But it's a superb story, with a surprise ending. Even more surprising to me, is that it came from Graham Greene. I'd thought of him more or less as a Catholic author, but any limitations suggested by that label are blown out of the water by this book. Its moral subtlety and irony is like Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Doctrinaire Catholics (or doctrinaire anything) would certainly be disturbed by it.
    However, the narration was ... well, tolerable is all I can say. At times, the narrator speaks mechanically, as if he's reciting a text. At other time, he comes more alive, but it's very uneven. He adopts a cynical tone, which is quite appropriate for the novel's narrator, but he overdoes it, using it all the time, even for situations where it sounds incongruous.

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    Peter Henderson III New York, New York United States 02-10-16
    Peter Henderson III New York, New York United States 02-10-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Do not let the mediocre narration get in the way"

    This is absolutely one of my favorite Graham Greene novels, one that I have reread three times now. It provides a very unique insight into Vietnam during the 1950s prior to direct US involvement. Though the narration is uneven and the American accents in particular are dreadful, do not let that get in the way of this incredible story.

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