Richard Hannay

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The Thirty Nine Steps Publisher's Summary

Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.

May 1914: Europe is close to war and spies are everywhere. Richard Hannay has arrived back in London to begin a new life, when a spy called Scudder asks for help to uncover a German plot to murder the Greek prime minister in London and to steal British plans for the outbreak of war. He claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone. A few days later, Scudder is murdered. Hannay is forced to continue Scudder’s work and is chased across Scotland both by police and German spies. The solution to the mysterious phrase 'Thirty-Nine Steps' is a thread that runs through the whole story.

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  • Book 1

    • The Thirty Nine Steps

    • A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1
    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 187
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
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      4 out of 5 stars 161

    Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • epic!!!!!!!

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-10

    Regular price: $10.65

    • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: David Thorn
    • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    Richard Hannay, Buchan's hero in this 1915 thriller, stumbles across a dark plot to attack England by the German Reich (of World War I vintage) but has to flee when his discovery becomes known. He then engages in several hot pursuits and narrow, if theatrical, escapes, but all's well that ends well.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great classic mystery

    • By Byron on 08-06-13

    Regular price: $5.59

    • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Robert Powell
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 92

    An espionage thriller that has been called the first great spy novel, it has sustained its popularity, being embraced by each new generation. The first in a series of five novels it features the spy Richard Hannay, an action hero with a stiff upper lip who gets caught up in a dangerous race against a plot by German spies to destroy the British war effort. When Richard Hannay offers sanctuary to an American agent seeking his help in stopping a political assassination, he takes the first step on a trail of peril and espionage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Way different to the movies

    • By Ian on 07-28-11

    Regular price: $11.72

    • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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    This classic thriller, set in England prior to World War II, involves murder, mystery, a country-wide chase, espionage and international intrigue.

    Regular price: $14.69

    • The 39 Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    May 1914: Europe is on the brink of war. London is riddled with spies. Richard Hannay has just returned from Rhosesia, and intends to begin a new, quiet, sedentary life. But a shady man named Franklin Scudder calls on him for help. Scudder is a freelance spy who has just uncovered a German plot to murder the Greek Premier, thus forcing Europe into war. He is the only man living to have penetrated into the ring of German spies who call themselves the Black Stone. Scudder tells Hannay all he knows. The next day, Scudder is murdered in Hannay's apartment.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Red blooded!

    • By P. Teague on 04-24-18

    Regular price: $8.39

    • The 39 Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    When Richard Hannay returns to London after an action-packed life in Rhodesia, he finds life unbearably dull. He is on the point of leaving the city in search of adventures, when mystery and intrigue turns up at his door in the shape of Franklin Scudder, Hannay’s neighbour, who turns out to be a spy trying to escape the clutches of a shady international organisation, bent on sparking a European war. When Scudder is mysteriously murdered and all the evidence seems to point to Hannay himself, he escapes to Scotland, bearing Scudder’s cryptic coded notebook, which he struggles to decipher.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By jnsaz on 09-14-16

    Regular price: $9.58

    • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of The Thirty-Nine Steps. In May 1914 Richard Hannay finds himself caught up in an international intrigue that has the sole objective of starting a world wide war. Hannay's enemies have committed murder and set Hannay up to take the fall. Now he's on the run from the secretive Black Stone and the police, yet he's the only one who can save England!

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    • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
    • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Hanney, an expatriated Scot, returns from a long stay in South Africa to his flat in London. One night he is buttonholed by an American who appears to know of an anarchist plot to destabilise Europe, and claims to be in fear for his life. Hannay lets the American hide in his flat, and returns later to find that another man has been found shot dead in the same building, apparently a suicide. Four days later Hannay finds the American stabbed to death...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Too many steps in this story

    • By Sarah on 04-16-15

    Regular price: $12.85

    • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Perhaps more than any other book The Thirty-Nine Steps has set the pattern for the story of the chase for a wanted man. And, of the many writers who have attempted this kind of thing since Buchan, only a very few, like Graham Greene, have managed to sustain the tension in the same way. The story's extended chase scene inspired Alfred Hitchcock's movie of the same name.

    Regular price: $12.57

    • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    John Buchan takes us back to Edwardian Britain on the eve of the First World War in the modern thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps. An inexplicable murder drives the innocent Richard Hannay, on the run from a manhunt that never seems to end, to hide in remote Scottish moorland. Disguise and deception are his only weapons, as he struggles to decode the clues left by the murdered man to prevent the theft of naval secrets by an unfriendly foreign power.

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Thirty-Nine Steps (Richard Hannay 1)

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Adrian Praetzellis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    "The Thirty Nine Steps" is an adventure novel by the Scottish author John Buchan. It first appeared as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine in August and September 1915 before being published in book form in October that year by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh. It is the first of five novels featuring Richard Hannay, an all action hero with a stiff upper lip and a miraculous knack for getting himself out of sticky situations.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great book a little slow

    • By Anonymous User on 02-20-18

    Regular price: $8.91

    • The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Michael Ward
    • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the classic adventure of Richard Hannay, who upon being buttonholed at his door by a mysterious stranger called Franklin P. Scudder, finds himself drawn into adventure and international intrigue with Europe on the brink of war, and the fate of England at stake.

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 1-2

    • The Thirty-Nine Steps and The Greenmantle

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Richard Hanney is an ordinary man, drawn into mysteries he does not understand, and no one is willing to help him. In these 2 suspense novels written by the father of the modern spy thriller, Hanney must outwit villains in unnerving situations that lay bare the thin veneer separating civilized man from the barbarian.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Very poor sound quality

    • By Taruna on 06-10-07

    Regular price: $25.17

  • Book 2

    • Greenmantle

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    Secret agent Richard Hannay travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic messiah. He is joined by three others: John S. Blenkiron, an American who is determined to battle the Kaiser; Peter Pienaar, an old Boer Scout; and the colorful Sandy Arbuthnot, who is modeled on Lawrence of Arabia. Their success or failure could change the outcome of the First World War.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible!

    • By Johnny on 08-08-07

    Regular price: $19.57

    • Greenmantle

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    The second of Richard Hannays’ adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Drags a bit in the middle

    • By Patrick on 11-28-17

    Regular price: $18.07

    • Greenmantle

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of Greenmantle. Richard Hanney, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, returns in this exciting wartime sequel. Once again Hanney steps forward when his country needs him. Pulled out of the front line he finds himself thrown into adventure and mystery behind enemy lines. The mystery of the Greenmantle secret weapon needs to be solved and dealt with before it brings ruin to the Allied cause.

    Regular price: $7.22

    • Greenmantle

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Christian Rhodska
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Accompanied by his trusty sidekicks, Pete Pienaar, John S. Blenkiron and Sandy Arbuthnot, Richard travels across war-torn Europe searching for a man with a secret. A prophet by reputation, the man possesses key information that could guarantee British victory, and he goes by the name of Greenmantle.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not the 39 Steps

    • By Ian on 08-16-12

    Regular price: $19.10

    • Greenmantle

    • The Richard Hannay Series, Book 2
    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Greenmantle, Richard Hannay, hero of The 39 Steps, travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer Scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot. The intrepid four move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border to face their enemies.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Mr Standfast

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    FNH Audio presents an unabridged reading of Mr Standfast. In this thrilling adventure, Richard Hannay the star of The Thirty-Nine Steps and Greenmantle, returns to continue his personal battle against the enemies of Great Britain during the Great War. The war on the continent is raging. The German hordes are pushing the allies back into their trenches, the line is barely holding, and it's at this moment that Richard find himself pulled out of the lines for special duty.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An Entertaining Novel

    • By Bruce Lynn on 12-15-16

    Regular price: $8.25

    • Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3

    • By: John Buchan
    • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 43

    Once again Brigadier General Hannay is taken from the trenches of the front line to save his country on a desperate mission. This time he must find the genius behind a vast network of spies infiltrating English pacifists and conscientious objectors. Hannay finds the man only to have him evade capture at the last moment.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I think this is the best book in the Hannay series

    • By Jazztyke on 09-21-12

    Regular price: $20.24

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