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Publisher's Summary

Aboard the Orient Express as it heads across Europe towards Constantinople, a relationship develops between Carleton Myatt and Coral Musker, a naive English chorus girl. Around them a web of espionage, murder and lies twist in this spy thriller.
©1992 Graham Greene (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Poignance and Power on the Orient Express

With themes of sacrifice and betrayal Greene's Stamboul Train/Orient Express/Stamboul Express is able to provide a moving bio-dome of the human experience on this train headed to Constantinople. There is a definite reason trains are so often used in literature and film. The sealed quality, the movement, the modernity gives the writer room to experiment with characters and themes in a way that others settings would make difficult.

This isn't a major Greene novel. Greene definitely wrote better as he matured. But, for those who love Graham Greene's approach to literature and story-telling, this book is a must. Greene's characters are amazing in their capacity for love, sacfrice, betrayal and tragedy. That is what makes Greene's novels so compelling and his characters so beliveable.

Maloney does an admirable job at letting the novel speak for itself. He illuminates the text without distracting the reader from it.

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Not Exactly a Whodunit

I love reading (listening to) Greene. This is not really a 'spy thriller' as suggested by the "Publisher's Summary". It is a story about characters ranged on a spectrum of moral ambiguity; how they think and behave; and the consequences. The mystery is trying to guess where on the spectrum each character lies. Greene ties all strands as expected, but not, I think, as the reader might have chosen.

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A classic story wonderfully read

A story by Graham Greene that reminds us why he is regarded as a master story teller. The narration by Michael Maloney is superb--he does a wide array of voices with perfect pitch.

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Not one of his best

Greene has produced much better than this. The story is initially very promising with outstanding character descriptions leading to a climax in a snowy border town. It has all the makings of a great thriller, but in the end it is as if the author's inspiration deserts him and he wraps the whole thing up in a few paragraphs that are unsatisfying and inconclusive. The ending betrays the characters who have been constructed so carefully throughout the book. Good narration.

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Great thriller from the 30's

I loved this book, and the narration. It gives you a good feel for Europe in the late 20's and early 30's.

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first rate listen!

This was a very satisfying "read", well written and very well read. Worth it -

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Warning: Anti Semitic Content

What would have made Stamboul Train better?

While this book performs well as something to be read aloud, readers should know, before proceeding, of a substantial amount of anti-semitic content.

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Do not pass it up

One of his early works Greene said "In Stamboul Train for the first and last time in my life I deliberately set out to write a book to please, one which with luck might be made into a film. The devil looks after his own and I succeeded in both aims". Very well read, this is great reason to listen to books.

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Not one of Graham Greene's best

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Let's face it, Graham Greene is one of the best writers of the 20th Century. Not one of his best books still puts it miles above most other books. I personally liked "The Comedians" best, although there are many other excellent ones. This book didn't have the depth of his other books and while being very good and quite interesting and entertaining didn't leave me thinking much about it after I finished listening. I believe any Greene book is worth the listen, but this shouldn't be your first.

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An unfocused ‘entertainment’

Apart from the train heading to Stamboul, this is a rambling and unfocused narrative by Greene. It had some entertaining and intriguing parts, but lacked the driving tension of adversity to be overcome that other Greene novels have. If you like character-driven stories, tragi-comedy or exaggerated voicing, then you may like this novel, which Greene calls an entertainment, but which I returned.

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  • 05-22-09

Greene never disappoints

OK Stamboul Train is one of Greene?s entertainments rather than a full blown novel but it does what it says, it entertains! I remember reading it 35 years ago working as a student in a petrol station and getting the sack because I couldn?t put it down to go an fill up Morris Minors with 3 star.
Re-reading it in this splendid audio version it is as compelling as ever but it is also a delightful period piece, set in the early thirties, it time slips back to the age of steam and Balkan intrigue and it pulls no punches on the attitudes to Jews, lesbians and show girls. Greene's voice is as human and sophisticated as ever and as ever the characters are vivid and complex.
What a book to dismiss as an Entertainment!

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  • GC
  • 03-24-09

Greene/Maloney - Audiobook Heaven!

As a lifelong Graham Greene fan I have no hesitation in recommending any of his books to Audible listeners (except, perhaps, The Human Factor)and I am pleased to see so many recent Greene additions to the Audible catalogue. What makes this book special, however (Greene regarded it merely as one of his 'entertainments' i.e. not proper literature), is Michael Maloney's splendid narration. The book is set on the Orient Express, and the narrative is just as thrilling, but a bit more sophisticated, than the Agatha Christie story that is perhaps better known.

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  • Duncan
  • 01-22-10

Disappointing

This is the first Greene book that I've downloaded. I was full of anticipation, but unfortunately I was so bored with the characters and the narration that I didn't finish it. Poor characterisation from the narrator that seems to become even more irritating the longer the book goes on!

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  • Andrew D.
  • 11-28-09

The Stamboul Train

It was a long time since I had read a Greene and I was looking forward to listening to this on a few long drives in the car. To be fair the narrator had an easy style and kept the listener interest throughout. He was however a little too limited in the range of voices he had available for characterisation. In particular I thought the lead female voice was just wrong (even though she was supposed to have a deep voice)and another sounded just like her too. Unlike another reviewer, I did get to the end of the story, though I do think it suffered for the telling. All in all, I was a little disappointed

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  • David
  • 06-09-09

Stamboul train

Beautifully written, wonderful pacing, fascinating characters, cruel, very well read, grown up.

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  • Hobbledehoy
  • 12-19-19

Anti Semitic

Ridiculous extended racist caricature. Probably not untypical of much inter-war literature written by public schoolboys with this bigoted priestly backgrounds. Totally inappropriate in today’s environment. Should be withdrawn.

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  • Janet
  • 09-04-16

Voice of liquid gold

I choose an audio book for something to lull me to sleep. This is my first Graham Greene, and although languidly written, it does get a tad too exciting to doze off to! I enjoyed the style and the unexpectedness of the storyline. Above all, I enjoyed listening to the liquid gold of Michael Maloney's beautiful voice. I've always enjoyed catching Maloney in his appearances on tv, ever since Truly. Madly, Deeply, where he played Juliet Stevenson's new love interest. He conveys intelligence, humour and an unassuming sensuality.
At the beginning, I had to keep rewinding, because I was revelling in the voice instead of listening to the words! An excellent range of voices and accents as well, to keep track of the widely varying characters so poignantly portrayed by Greene. Very enjoyable.

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  • D. Kelly
  • 04-24-16

Great thriller

Exciting thriller in the Eric Ambler mode with some Catholic guilt thrown in
Well read by the narrator as well

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  • sandandstars
  • 12-28-14

very good, bit complicated

another excellent story from greene, and well read. the complex use of language and multiple characters make it worth a second listen. as a book to relax to it needs a bit too much concentration.

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  • Mahmood
  • 09-15-15

Exquisitely Written

Graham Greene's first success as a writer and I can see why. Great characters and very well narrated.

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