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Summary

The Saint is back - 50y audiobooks are now available starring the deboair classic crime hero.

Simon Templar is the Saint - daring, dazzling, and just a little disreputable. On the side of the law, but standing outside it, he dispenses his own brand of justice one criminal at a time.

In these three early adventures, the Saint's reputation starts to rise, as he tackles thieves, smugglers, and killers. < /p>

In "The Man Who Was Clever" he outwits Edgar Hayn, a drug smuggler who thinks he's smarter than everyone. In "The Policeman with Wings" he stays one step ahead of Inspector Teal in the hunt for diamonds on Dartmoor, and in "The Lawless Lady " one of the Saint's gang helps him deal with sea-faring swindlers, only to fall in love.

Leslie Charteris was born in Singapore and moved to England in 1919. He left Cambridge University early when his first novel was accepted for publication. He wrote novels about the Saint throughout his life, becoming one of the 20th century's most prolific and popular authors.

©1930 Leslie Charteris (P)2014 Audible Studios

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Another time, another world

The literary world of The Saint was hidden to me for years. I used to find Saint books read by my parents left about the house but never got around to reading them myself - unlike Agatha Christie and the like. It is only in my old age that I am getting around to revisiting aspects of my youth, and discovering The Saint in words (supposed to the pictures of Sir Roger Moore and Ian Ogilvy) has been an enjoyable revelation. John Telfer's narration is first class, reminding us of an earlier, different time. And perhaps a better one. These 'novellas' are a good place to start.

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  • J. Olsen
  • 02-01-15

Classic Crime Capers

This is just a light fun set of crime caper stories staring Simon Templar, aka "The Saint."

I don't know why this was listed as Book 3. The stories contained here are the 2nd, 3rd and fourth stories written about The Saint.

For readers of current thrillers this may seem a little dated, but I found that to be part of the charm.

I enjoyed the stories and the character of The Saint that I might have to add the entire series to my wish list.

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  • Serenity
  • 26-01-16

The Saint an original Super Hero

Would you consider the audio edition of Enter the Saint to be better than the print version?

I enjoy the theater of the mind offered by the narration

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course the Saint is a favorite I also liked Conway as one of his backup men always around to help out.

What about John Telfer’s performance did you like?

I think John was bringing the story to life through his use of accents and emotion of each role, Bringing to each person in the story individualism and nuance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Well it is not easy to have that much time so not in a single sitting. I listen while working when I am able to. I helps the tasks to flow for me.

Any additional comments?

I am looking forward to the next book

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • 03-04-18

A Fun classic mystery adventure

Leslie Charteris is famous for inventing and writing full-length novels, novellas, and short stories on the character of the Saint between 1928 and 1963, including 20 just in the 1930s. Further, according to the preface to the edition used in the audiobook, written by Patricia Charteris Higgins, the author's daughter, whom he named after the Saint's true love, the Saint has sold over 40 million copies in multiple languages, three television series,15 films, 10 radio series, and a comic strip that ran for over a decade.

Enter the Saint introduces us to the beginning of the gang behind the Saint, who strikes fear in the hearts of criminals as "the Robin Hood of modern crime." When he selects a target, the Saint dispatches notes with a stick figure with a halo around his head, building up fear and intensity among the criminals he faces. The Saint, whose real name is Simon Templar, refuses to carry a gun, but he will take on all at once five thugs with guns and walk away with their all being left injured on the ground in humiliation. He uses his glib speech and calm temperament to make a jest of everything in the face of enemies in the criminal world. He also has fun making ridiculous limericks taunting his enemies. He and his four team members appropriate all the goods of those especially cruel criminals they target, keeping 10% to pay for their own expenses and giving 90% to charity. This book contains three novellas that help us to get to know the original version of The Saint.

In "The Man Who Was Clever," the Saint decides to target a drug gang, giving his opening salvo by beating up five of the drug syndicate's thugs all by himself after they try to cheat him at cards. He then hands them his calling card, the stick figure with a halo over it. The Saint next intercepts a shipment of drugs and substitutes something else for them, leaving his calling card, which unnerves the head of the drug gang until, of course, the Saint and his cohorts win out.

In "The Policeman with Wings," Roger Conway, the Saint's most valuable team member, recounts to the Saint how his girlfriend's uncle had a man try to buy his house. When he turned the man down, suddenly serious "accidents" start happening, followed by another offer to buy the house. Then a police officer asks the man to come with him, and the uncle disappears. Roger begs the assistance of the Saint to help catch whomever is behind the disappearance and save his girl.

"The Lawless Lady" focuses on the Saint's assistant, Dicky Tremayne, who infiltrates a criminal gang, only to fall in love with the woman in charge of the gang. He struggles with his desire for "Straight Audrey" Perowne, so known for her refusal to involve herself in drugs. The Saint plays only a small role in this story.

The book of Enter the Saint serves as a fun introduction to the stories and novels by Charteris. I enjoyed the adventure and the Robin Hood angle to this book, a different focus of mystery stories than we typically encounter. The cleverness used to outwit the true criminals is a lot of fun, making this book move quickly.

John Telfer performs the audiobook of Enter the Saint and does a strong job at making this book seem even more adventurous. He used great expressions and intonations, and his depictions of the characters, most of whom we don't see much of as individual characters, helps to bring the book to life.

I had a good time listening to Enter the Saint. This was my first exposure to anything about the Saint other than a merely vague memory of the 1997 Val Kilmer movie, which I have read did little to reflect the true nature of the real Saint stories and books. But I can guarantee that though it is my first Saint book, it won't be my last. I give the first two stories 5 stars but the final story only 3 stars, so in average I give the book 4 stars.

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 21-07-17

A Very British Rogue With A Sense Of Honor

What made the experience of listening to Enter the Saint the most enjoyable?

The writing. While the story points may be dated, the writing is whip-crack sharp. The author has a masterful take on the British language of the time and delivers it in perfect measure.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

This is actually a compilation of 2 or 3 novellas. I say 2 or 3, because the last one seems to end only part way through. Not sure if that was intentional or not. The first two were considerably longer and had quite appropriate endings.

Have you listened to any of John Telfer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not had the pleasure, but he did a great job here.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Perhaps in 2 or 3 sittings - one per Novella.

Any additional comments?

You definitely get the sense in these stories, why The Saint became as popular a series as it had and why the interest in it continues to this day. The protagonist is someone you cannot help but root for.

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  • TDH
  • 23-05-15

Good listen, probably won't continue in the series

It's like a 1930s Scarlet Pimpernale, but I am not a huge fan of heroes who don't have weaknesses, I guess I am more of a Flemming fan.

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