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  • By: Trevanian
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (207 ratings)

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The Eiger Sanction

By: Trevanian
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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Summary

In a renovated Gothic church on Long Island lives Jonathan Hemlock, an art professor and a world-renowned mountain climber who finances his black-market art collection by working as a freelance assassin.

Now, Hemlock is being tricked into a hazardous assignment that involves an attempt to scale one of the most treacherous mountain peaks in the Swiss Alps: the Eiger. His target is one of his three fellow climbers. The problem is that the CII can't tell him which one.

This spine-tingling adventure, part thriller and part satire, introduces an intriguing cast of villains, traitors, and beautiful women into a highly charged atmosphere of danger and suspicion that builds to a death-defying climax.

©2000 Rod Whitaker (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Superior suspense on almost every page...the hero is a masterpiece of conflicting qualities - something for everyone." ( New York Times)
"Trevanian can write hoops around Ian Fleming." ( Boston Globe)

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A classic Trevanian

Picked this up as a freebie in the Audible Included catalogue. A classic. Perhaps bit dated now but still an enjoyable read.

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Engrossing story

Kept me in the edge of my seat throughout. I felt as though I was up there on the mountain with Johnathon willing him on.

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Unexpectedly good listen

Surprised how much i enjoyed this book. Not my usual subject matter and some slightly un PC expressions but a good story well read.

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its a classic

this is just a classic read. if you like the film you will love this story

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Great work

Joe Barrett narrated this fantastically, especially the voice of Bill.

The story was great and enjoyable, worked well despite it being written many years ago.

I did work it all out quite early on, but it didn't detract from it at all..

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Black comedy

An espionage story set in the 1970’s. Well-paced, humorous, and well told. The characters may have an element of caricature but the slightly absurdist tone allows for this.

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Much better than the film

very enjoyable. The original books are nearly always more enjoyable than films made from them.

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As good as the movie

Listening to this I could visualise the actors and the action.
Great narration , thoroughly enjoyable

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A decent adventure yarn if out of date and predictable

I read that the author was annoyed that the book wasn’t seen as a spoof as much as he’d like, and I can see why. You’ll get a little Bond-esque smut (Randy Knickers) but then all the action on the mountain is deadly serious.

There is an unlikely amount of sex which doesn’t add anything for the most part. References to race are mostly out of date and may be offensive, yet there’s a a decently strong black female character whose colour is (nicely) matter-of-fact.

I was engaged by the plot, especially the Eiger chapters which kept me hooked. It was rather predictable though.

The narration was pretty good with characters’ accents clearly distinguishable.

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Female characters

I loved the names of the female characters. Maybe not politically correct in this age but for me. It gave me a chuckle.

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