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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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  • Jamickle
    Scotland
    5/22/17
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    "The 39 Steps"

    Story narrated by Robert Powell who played part of Richard Hannay in the 1978 movie and the subsequent tv series of the 1980's. Told very well and characters well described and interpreted. Book enjoyable to new and previous readers of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M James
    4/12/17
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    "39 Steps"

    Great story and well read, this is my 3 rd audio book and again I'm sold to it. it was too fast when it started listening I'm not sure if this was a glitch but if you get the same thing reduce the speed and sit back and enjoy a classic spy adventure. I loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • debbie
    4/12/17
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    "A silly and fun spy romp"

    A short read which centres around the protagonist and his various escapes from those who want to expose the secret he holds. I found this book to be silly and felt like an adult version of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books. It had old fashioned language and attitudes and the general overriding belief of good overcoming bad. The overall peppiness and class distinctions which form part of the story could alienate and confuse the modern reader.

    However I had loved the Famous Five as a child and based upon this foundation I found The 39 Steps to be charming. The addition of Robert Powell’s narration and clear cut English accent gave this audio added distinction and a feeling of nostalgia.

    I would recommend this book to those who enjoy black and white films and old fashioned tales of spies and danger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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