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  • The Thirty-Nine Steps | John Buchan

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    An espionage thriller that has been called the first great spy novel, it has sustained its popularity, being embraced by each new generation. The first in a series of five novels it features the spy Richard Hannay, an action hero with a stiff upper lip who gets caught up in a dangerous race against a plot by German spies to destroy the British war effort. When Richard Hannay offers sanctuary to an American agent seeking his help in stopping a political assassination, he takes the first step on a trail of peril and espionage.

    Harold says: "Exiting thriller, with insights into a bygone era."
  • Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2 | John Buchan

    Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The second of Richard Hannays’ adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive.

    Lee Grant says: "Peter Joyce brings Buchan to life..."
  • The Great British Short Story Collection | Barry Pain,E. F. Benson,Stacy Aumonier,W. F. Harvey,W. W. Jacobs,Wilkie Collins,John Buchan

    The Great British Short Story Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Barry Pain, E. F. Benson, Stacy Aumonier, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A gripping collection of over 50 of the greatest short stories written by great British writers. 1."The Missing Years" by Barry Pain, 2. "His Brother's Keeper" by W. W. Jacobs, 3. "A Madman's Manuscript" by Charles Dickens, 4. "The House of Cobwebs" by Barry Pain, 5. "Old Fags" by Stacy Aumonier, 6. "A Long-Ago Affair" by John Galsworthy, 7. "August Heat" by W. F. Harvey, 8. "The Dabblers" by W. F. Harvey, 9. "Rose Rose" by Barry Pain

    Ms CLARE J CLEMENS says: "Poorly Narrated"
  • The Three Hostages | John Buchan

    The Three Hostages

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Hannay to the rescue once more! This time...our hero is summoned from his tranquil life in rural Oxfordshire to save the world from a financial conspiracy which threatens the global economy. Hannay comes to believe that the villain behind all this must be Dominick Medina. But can such a brilliant, charming idol of the nation be using Eastern magic to suborn industrialists, magnates and other such pillars of society as his slaves?

    Steve says: "Interesting Stiry Line"
  • Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3 | John Buchan

    Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Once again Brigadier General Hannay is taken from the trenches of the front line to save his country on a desperate mission. This time he must find the genius behind a vast network of spies infiltrating English pacifists and conscientious objectors. Hannay finds the man only to have him evade capture at the last moment.

    PGA Eyre says: "Brilliant -- but with blemishes"
  • Classic Drama: The Thirty-Nine Steps (Dramatised) | John Buchan

    Classic Drama: The Thirty-Nine Steps (Dramatised)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Tom Baker, David Robb
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    In this classic tale of wartime espionage, Richard Hannay's living nightmare begins at home with the discovery of a dead man in his London flat. He becomes an innocent on the run, pursued by the police for a murder he didn't commit.

    Lee Grant says: "Bravo!"
  • The Island of Sheep: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5 | John Buchan

    The Island of Sheep: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Jessica says: "good"
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps | John Buchan

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Perhaps more than any other book The Thirty-Nine Steps has set the pattern for the story of the chase for a wanted man. And, of the many writers who have attempted this kind of thing since Buchan, only a very few, like Graham Greene, have managed to sustain the tension in the same way. The story's extended chase scene inspired Alfred Hitchcock's movie of the same name.

  • The Thirty-Nine Steps | John Buchan

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By David Thorn
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    Richard Hannay, Buchan's hero in this 1915 thriller, stumbles across a dark plot to attack England by the German Reich (of World War I vintage) but has to flee when his discovery becomes known. He then engages in several hot pursuits and narrow, if theatrical, escapes, but all's well that ends well.

    John says: "Top book"
  • Prester John | John Buchan

    Prester John

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    What is sinister preacher John Laputa doing on a remote Scottish shore in the moonlight hours? Young David Crawfurd and his friends are lucky to escape with their lives when they disturb his rituals. Years later David travels to Africa and meets the minister again, this time in company with the evil Henriques.

    d says: "fantasic book"
  • The Thirty Nine Steps | John Buchan

    The Thirty Nine Steps

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By James Fox
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    Richard Hannay finds a corpse in his flat, and becomes involved in a plot by spies to precipitate war and subvert British naval power. The resourceful victim of a manhunt, he is pursued by both the police and the ruthless conspirators. The Thirty-Nine Steps is a seminal chase thriller, rapid and vivid. It has been widely influential and frequently dramatised: the film directed by Alfred Hitchcock became a screen classic.

  • The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1 | John Buchan

    The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.

    Paul says: "It's good enough, but perhaps aclaim is overdone"
  • The 39 Steps | John Buchan

    The 39 Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    When Richard Hannay returns to London after an action-packed life in Rhodesia, he finds life unbearably dull. He is on the point of leaving the city in search of adventures, when mystery and intrigue turns up at his door in the shape of Franklin Scudder, Hannay’s neighbour, who turns out to be a spy trying to escape the clutches of a shady international organisation, bent on sparking a European war. When Scudder is mysteriously murdered and all the evidence seems to point to Hannay himself, he escapes to Scotland, bearing Scudder’s cryptic coded notebook, which he struggles to decipher.

  • Short Stories: The Thinking Man's Collection | Wilkie Collins,Edgar Wallace,Charles Dickens,John Buchan,F. Scott Fitzgerald,Mark Twain,Jerome K Jerome

    Short Stories: The Thinking Man's Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins, Edgar Wallace, Charles Dickens, and others
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas, Martin Jarvis, Jonathan Firth, and others
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    This carefully compiled collection is the perfect gift for Father’s Day or a special birthday and a rich listening experience for both women and men all year round. This truly eclectic collection of unabridged short stories from the audiobook specialist CSA Word encompasses stories by and about intriguing, inspirational, charismatic and even unusual and extraordinary men.

  • Sick Heart River | John Buchan

    Sick Heart River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Sir Edward Leithen is told that he has but one year left to live. He relinquishes his law practice and resigns from public office in order to make peace with himself and to reconcile himself with his maker. However, he also wants to die standing, not to creep into the 'bleak bag's end of life'. This will involve one last physical challenge.

  • The Courts of the Morning | John Buchan

    The Courts of the Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Newcombe Joyce
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    Sir Richard Hannay introduces this last adventure involving his old friends.

    John Blenkiron discovers that a ruthless industrialist is plotting to destabilise America and cause global turmoil. Although Bavarian born, Castor plans to dominate the world from Olifa, a small country in Latin America. Hannay realises he is now too old for the job of thwarting these evil designs and enlists the aid of his old friend Sandy Arbuthnot, now Lord Clanroyden.

  • The Thirty-Nine Steps | John Buchan

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Michael Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is the classic adventure of Richard Hannay, who upon being buttonholed at his door by a mysterious stranger called Franklin P. Scudder, finds himself drawn into adventure and international intrigue with Europe on the brink of war, and the fate of England at stake.

    John Holland says: "Well worth a listen"
  • Huntingtower | John Buchan

    Huntingtower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Steven Cree
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    Dickson McCunn, a respectable, newly retired grocer of romantic heart, plans a modest walking holiday in the hills of southwest Scotland. He meets a young English poet and, contrary to his better sense, finds himself in the thick of a plot involving the kidnapping of a Russian princess, who is held prisoner in the rambling mansion Huntingtower.

    This modern fairy tale is also a gripping adventure story, and in it Buchan introduces some of his best-loved characters, including the Gorbals Die-Hards, who reappear in later novels.

    Prudence Magee says: "History alive"
  • Greenmantle | John Buchan

    Greenmantle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Secret agent Richard Hannay travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic messiah. He is joined by three others: John S. Blenkiron, an American who is determined to battle the Kaiser; Peter Pienaar, an old Boer Scout; and the colorful Sandy Arbuthnot, who is modeled on Lawrence of Arabia. Their success or failure could change the outcome of the First World War.

    Serena says: "Derring-do and stiff-upper-lips"
  • The 39 Steps: Retro Audio | John Buchan

    The 39 Steps: Retro Audio

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Oson Welles
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    Starring Orson Welles - Classic murder mystery as we follow Mr. Hannay following the murder of a secret agent in his apartment! Assaination, secret plans and impostors all make for a thrilling adventure!! One of the classic Radio Theatre Productions you will want to listen to over and over again!

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