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The Island of Sheep

A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5
Narrated by: Peter Joyce
Series: Richard Hannay, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

The last of John Buchan’s thrillers and the final appearance of Richard Hannay, now in retirement reverie deep in the comfortable Cotswolds.

However, he and Sandy [Lord Clanroyden] are roused to action once more to help the son of a recently deceased treasure hunter, called Haraldsen. The heir is receiving threats from Lancelot Troth, a man who believes himself ill treated financially by Haraldsen’s father and seeks revenge and reparation. The mission is complicated when the villain is aided by accomplices prepared to use extortion and child kidnap to achieve their aims.

The action moves from Norfolk to the Scottish Borders and on to the Norlands where the conspirators are finally confronted in a thrilling climax with Hannay’s son and Haraldsen’s daughter involved in the resolution.

Beautiful descriptive passages written by a man obviously at home in the natural world and some philosophic reflections about finding personal peace and contentment make this a fitting end to both Buchan’s important contribution to the genre and the history of Brigadier General Richard Hannay-a man of his time but with an everlasting popularity.

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Critic reviews

"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." ( The Independent)
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I love John Buchan books, especially Richard Hanny I was extremely pleased to see the later books being read and sold for audibles,although where is the fourth book? Read very well, although this book is probably my least favorite. I really don't think that Sandy would have a Scottish accent as he is upper class and educated in private school in England, but that is the only negative. Please now provide The 3 Hostages.

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the least enjoyable of the Hannah stories

A tad dull and the weakest of the Hannah novels. I might listen to it again.

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  • Gavin Scott
  • 27-01-14

A splendid thriller from the dawn of the genre

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Buchan's ability to make you feel as if you are in the most beautiful parts of the British countryside is unsurpassed. The action is entertaining, the prose splendid.

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  • Edward Sheehy
  • 07-08-17

Another great Buchan story!

I am a big fan of John Buchan. This is a great story. Great reader too!