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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
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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."
  • 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 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"
  • 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
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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 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
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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"
  • 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"
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps | John Buchan

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
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    This classic thriller, set in England prior to World War II, involves murder, mystery, a country-wide chase, espionage and international intrigue.

    M. H says: "avoid"
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps | John Buchan

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Michael Ward
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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"
  • 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 (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"
  • 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
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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"
  • Greenmantle | John Buchan

    Greenmantle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
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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 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"
  • The Power-House | John Buchan

    The Power-House

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    John Buchan's hero Edward Leithen chances upon a worldwide plan for domination. With his own life (and the lives of his friends) depending on the outcome of his struggle, he engages in combat with the anarchic brain behind The Power-House. The author, despite being very busy in public service, wrote over 50 books during his life, but his particular talent was for writing fast-moving adventure stories. The Power-House, a good example of this genre, was first published in 1916.

    Clive says: "Audio quality very poor"
  • 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"
  • Riveting Stories: Thirty Gripping Tales by Literary Masters | G. K. Chesterton,Arthur Conan Doyle,John Buchan,E. F. Benson,Joseph Conrad,Edith Wharton,O. Henry

    Riveting Stories: Thirty Gripping Tales by Literary Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Buchan, and others
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A mesmerizing collection of 30 wonderful stories by great classic writers. 1. The Invisible Man by G. K. Chesterton 2.At the Farmhouse by E. F. Benson 3. The Parasite by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 4. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan 5. Query by Seamark 6. The Man of the Night by Edgar Wallace 7. The Earl, the Warder and the Wayward Heiress by J. S. Fletcher 8. Afterward by Edith Wharton 9. The Murderer by Perceval Gibbon 10. The Idiot by Arnold Bennett 11.Oh Liberty by W. Pett Ridge

  • 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!"
  • 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.

  • Classic John Buchan Stories | John Buchan

    Classic John Buchan Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Iain Cuthbertson
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    Here are tales about war-time code breaking, cannibalism, and swashbuckling adventure during the times of Bonnie Prince Charlie. They vie with subtler stories, with a more intimate perspective, about the vagaries of human nature, politics, fishing, and poaching, set against the landscape of the lowland Scottish countryside where the author spent his youth.

  • The Thirty-Nine Steps (Richard Hannay 1) | John Buchan

    The Thirty-Nine Steps (Richard Hannay 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Buchan
    • Narrated By Adrian Praetzellis
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    "The Thirty Nine Steps" is an adventure novel by the Scottish author John Buchan. It first appeared as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine in August and September 1915 before being published in book form in October that year by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh. It is the first of five novels featuring Richard Hannay, an all action hero with a stiff upper lip and a miraculous knack for getting himself out of sticky situations.

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