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Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt 'Papa Doc' and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American and Jones the confidence man - these are the 'comedians' of Graham Greene's title. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. And, to begin with, they are men afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself.

©1966 Graham Greene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Great story but not much comedy

Set in Haiti near the end of Papa Doc’s vicious regime the story is pervaded by an aura of menace as the Tonton Macoute kill and injure anyone they please. Against this backdrop are the stories of flawed people who nevertheless elicit sympathy as they try to make the best of their lives. The central character hotelier Mr Brown is a familiar Graham Greene character full of regrets, embroiled in a tempestuous affaire with a married woman and still carrying the guilt of a lapsed Catholic. As with other if the author’s books I leave with a sense of sadness for the characters I’ve lived with for many hours.
The narrator is outstanding.

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One of the best Graham Greene audiobooks

I’ve been a lifelong Greene fan and know his books so well that I approached this recording with a degree of apprehension, concerned that it might have nothing new to offer. I was wrong. Adrian Lukis was superb, doing all the voices and catching the essence of all the characters brilliantly. I found it much more moving than I’d anticipated and was genuinely sad to finish it.

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Superbly read - a classic Graham Greene novel

The narrator, Adrian Lukis, reads this classic with wit, verve and at exactly the right pace. His treatment of the American couple, the Smiths, is humane and humourous. The novel itself is beyond reproach - love, betrayal, loyalty are the classic themes, set in the exotic environment of Haiti leading to a conclusion which echoes life.

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One of the best books I have ever listened to!

One of Graham Green's finest novels performed to perfection. An absolute masterpiece. Don't miss it.

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Classy

Well read,
I have been thoroughly entertained.
Worth my monthly credit.
A grown up story.
Dark, funny and believable.

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Brilliant narrator

The book is good. Mainly I want to shout out this narrator - his performance was fantastic.

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Quite brilliant

Wonderful historical fiction. Superbly written with outstanding character development. Mr Smith is a joy. First class narration. Highly recommended.