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Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power cuts. His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him, so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he's tempted. In return all he has to do is carry out a little espionage and file a few reports. But when his fake reports start coming true, things suddenly get more complicated and Havana becomes a threatening place. 

©1962 Graham Greene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Graham Greene had wit and grace and character and story and a transcendent universal compassion that places him for all time in the ranks of world literature." (John Le Carré)

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Something missing from Our Man In Havana

The reason I have given this wonderful book such a low rating is because the narration is incomplete: in particular, Chapter 21 has a lot missing from it. I intend to complain to Audible and hopefully the missing sections can be supplied but clearly this has spoilt my enjoyment. Also, I did not find the intro by Christopher Hitchens. All in all a very disappointing experience.

Since the above was written, Audible has suggested I delete the book and re-load it, which I have done. Still part of Chapter 21 missing and no intro from Christopher Hitchens. Very unsatisfactory.

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Great story, good reading but terrible music!

Another great tale from Graham Greene and a good reading too but I agree with other reviews that there is something missing from one of the chapters early on and also the music is just terrible... Do we really need music in an audio book? No. Do we want absolutely terrible knocked up faux Cuban music between every chapter? Definitely not! So much good music in Cuba and they paid someone for this annoying dross.
Plus couldn't there be even just one second between the very last word and the 'this is by audible' voice over? After investing some time in a book it's nice for the last sentence to sink before been instantly bombarded with a bit of advertising. Lazy editing, lazy music but still a good listen.

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There is a bit missing - I want my money back!

Much like all of the other people who have reviewed this book I can’t ignore the fact that they have missed a fairly critical section in the
Middle.

Why have they not bothered to fix this is a mystery- I really don’t think people
Should be asked to pay for this.

The fact that there is music in an audio book is annoying the fact that the two pieces they use are overly long, loud and are repeated time and time again is infuriating.

A great book with a good narrator ruined by lazy, idiotic production (and audible who haven’t pulled-it despite all the complaints).

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  • 01-06-20

Sublime parody

I had forgotten how wonderfully parodic this story lampooning the secret world is. What is even more surprising though is the extremely hot water Greene found himself with his old masters after publication. One can’t help but think that Le Carre’s later Panama Tailor draws heavily on Our Man in Havana, and although bleaker, is none the worse for that. Superbly narrated by Jeremy Northam

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Missing

Agree with other reviewers that version I have just listened to (Feb'21) is still missing an important chunk (chapter 21) – the scene at the nightclub where Beatrice gives a shower to Captain Segura: Part 3 chapter 1 from about 1/3 in to the end of the chapter – 6 pages or so.
Such a shame Audible / Penguin have not rectified this as it has been flagged repeatedly by reviewers.
Also have to agree with many other reviewers that the musical interludes are dreadful, they mar an otherwise wonderful narration of a wonderful book – couldn't they be missed out instead ?

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Great. Except for music that ruins its efforts.

The story and the performance and excellent, with the characters voiced excellently and the meter being perfect for Greene.

However, the intermission music and the music between every chapter absolutely ruins all the hard work done. It is incredibly annoying, goes on for too long and is used far more often than necessary.

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good reader, annoying music

such a shame they've spoiled this with irritating generic 'salsa' music... just let the guy read the book, we don't need the music

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Just Ok - ruined by cheap music

Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, John le Carre are my favourite authors in this genre. Our man in Havana is one of the shorter audio books out there in the spy thriller series.

This particular recording is ruined by the cheap and cheesy music played to transition between chapters or interludes. It destroys the books credibility and should almost certainly be edited to remove the music. It simply doesn’t suit.

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Music in a book?

Much as I love the book itself, the music was totally misplaced. I just want to listen to the book, not music. I’ll never listen to this version again, despite the reader, who was great.

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Muzak mauling and missing bits.

Brace yourself for the relentless trashing of Greene’s would-be meticulously controlled build-up of witty atmosphere in this otherwise superb reading by Jeremy Northam. Presumably partly to compensate for the many minutes of narration that a gremlin must have wiped from the master tape – actually first marketed in 2009 – you will be blasted at random and frequent intervals with jaunty elevator muzak. Or perhaps this is the audio producers’ idea of how to keep the slow-witted entertained – present company excluded, of course. Excruciating.

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  • 19-02-21

Quite brilliant

A superbly crafted story with elements of farce, satire, and the surreal. Laughed more than I have in a good while. Excellent narration from a hugely gifted narrator. The music between each chapter added nicely.

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  • 14-12-20

easy entertainment

easily entertaining, more comedic than greene's other novels, good performance (with slightly annoying musical interludes)