The Golden Gate

Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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A tense and nerve-shattering classic from the highly acclaimed master of action and suspense.

A rolling for Knox is how the journalists describe the Presidential motorcade as it enters San Francisco across the Golden Gate. Even the ever-watchful FBI believe it is impregnable - as it has to be with the President and two Arab potentates aboard.

But halfway across the bridge the unthinkable happens. Before the eyes of the world a master criminal pulls off the most spectacular kidnapping in modern times....

©1963 Devoran Trustees Ltd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Startlingly good...tense...ingenious." ( Sunday Express)
"Alistair MacLean is a magnificent storyteller." ( Sunday Mirror)

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Good book; Awful narrator

A good narrator can make a book, an awful narrator ruins a good book. This narrator thinks that the only way narrate is for long dramatic pauses. If you removed his pauses you would shave off an hour of the book. His style is irritating to say the least. I know I will never buy another book Jonathan Oliver has narrated.

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Next...

Alistair Maclean, nothing else really needs saying. I grew up reading these as my introduction to spy/thriller/mystery and having them begin to be Audibled is just cause for a happy dance. The narration was easy to listen to and thus, enjoyable. Now to keep my eye out for which other they will do... hoping to see The Golden Rendezvous, and Way to a Dusty Death...
Anyway, more credits, and cash, will be exchanged for more Mavcean's.

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good, but possibly outdated

The story was enjoyable, but the ability of people to break in hijack parts of the presidential motorcade these days is impossible. Therefore the fundamental premise of the story no longer exists. But if you suspend your belief the story is good.

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I have a problem with the narrator voice I find it to be irritating. I am a great fan of Alistair Maclean books

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Interesting story

The story was interesting, but I was distracted by all of the Americans using British phrases. The buses were “earthed” not grounded. They were taken to hospital, not the hospital. I understand the doctor, he was from Ireland, but Branson was the son of an American banker.

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Another fabulous adventure!

Alistair MacLean Is always up for a good time. I’ve never read a book of his and been disappointed! This is another great adventure, I read the book several times before the audiobook came out, so I was really thrilled to see it available! For those who found the Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare a bit bloodthirsty, this one involves absolutely no bloodshed at all, but the good guys triumphing over the bad guys. Suitable cloak and dagger, spy-style stuff, with a happy ending as always. Revson is a great addition to the MacLean heroes!

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  • 04-16-19

What a disapointment

I hadn’t read the Golden Gate for many years so when I saw it come up I thought, let’s go for it. I wish personally I hadn’t. I wish the characters voices had stayed in my head and imagination not what the narrator did to them. Killed it stone dead. Ruined a really good book from memory. Can’t get beyond 40 minutes.

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