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Download Our Man in Havana Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Jeremy Northam Publisher: CSA Word Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

Then follow some very real events, such as undercover work and even murder attempts, all backed up by phantom chains of information and invented covert agencies.

An often light-hearted but massively important complete and unabridged audiobook, which makes many comments on present-day life despite being published over 50 years ago. The book was also made into a hit film starring Carol Reed and Alec Guinness in 1959, and has recently (2007) been the subject of a play adaptation staged in Guildford to a enthusiastic public reception. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss GP | 2/7/2014

    " I had trouble getting into this book at first. Much of it is conversation driven, and it's the type of witty banter that was common in Katheryn Hepburn or Carey Grant movies that came out in the 1950s. It's entertaining to watch but a bit annoying to read (at least for me). As the book grew darker, I enjoyed it more, however, and ultimately was glad I'd read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Thorn | 2/1/2014

    " I liked this a lot. It just what you want from Graham Greene - a book that you actively want to keep reading, and that features a main character that you can empathise with, full of humour and (sometimes just about) believable characters). Worth a go, like everything I have read of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/25/2014

    " I never got really emotionally invested in this book; I did, however, think it was an amazing amount of intellectual ideas packed into just aout 200 pages. And very subtly, at that, because you think you're just reading a kind of funny little romp of a book, and then you realize there is much more at play, both on an individual and societal level. So I would highly suggest this book, though I will never be able to say I loved it. I do think, though, that it is one I will remember for a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey Heflich | 1/14/2014

    " Quick read, fantastic book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghann | 12/31/2013

    " An amusing, quick read. I can totally see this as a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 12/20/2013

    " Wish I could give this 3.5 stars. Very funny, and interesting look at pre-cold-war Havana. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/27/2013

    " A precursor to Le Carre's Tailor of Panama and more intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Kizer | 11/18/2013

    " If you haven't read Graham Greene, this is a great book to start with. Smart, clever, dry and oh-so British. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myrivername | 5/24/2013

    " Charming and fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Mccann | 5/17/2013

    " Almost missed a train in Zagreb as I didn't want to leave the cafe until I'd finished a chapter in this book. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Elise | 5/2/2013

    " Easy light-reading book for those that like British humor. Got exciting after Part 3 though the ending left something to be desired. We used this as a Book Club book and it gave plenty to discuss in the colorful characters and speculation on where the plot would turn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 4/17/2013

    " a nice, enjoyable dark comedy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 4/5/2013

    " Fun little thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Williammccolgan | 1/20/2013

    " Very funny book. And probably not so ridiculous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.k. Yost | 1/14/2013

    " Incredibly fun farce about the politics of spying in the 1950s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 4/11/2012

    " Another great one from Graham Greene. Apparently I really enjoy reading his books--or at least the ones that probably fall under his "entertainments" categorization. This one is darkly funny, without much of the Catholic pathos that is so omnipresent in his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Nuño | 3/11/2012

    " I really wish I had discovered Graham Greene a long time ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Henthorne | 10/7/2011

    " Greene was trying too hard to be clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 8/15/2011

    " A funny, quick read about a vacuum-salesman that gets caught up in the international spy business in order to make a few bucks. It is an interesting look at how fictions are created and can eventually become real - whether it is in life, love, or foreign relations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 7/14/2011

    " The shifting between comedic and serious tones is far too abrupt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Phillips | 6/10/2011

    " I enjoyed this a lot. The humour was subtle, evoking more of the ridiculous than the absurd (those that know me will know I have a keen sense of the absurd). Ridiculous and yet believable. Good characters and a good plot, easy to read and satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marnie | 5/22/2011

    " The book is funny, sweet and about love as a form of patriotism. Plus, I find Graham Greene to be a dependable read. Even the books I don't like as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielroffle | 5/20/2011

    " My favourite Greene so far, both hilarious and very scary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 4/24/2011

    " Another great one from Graham Greene. Apparently I really enjoy reading his books--or at least the ones that probably fall under his "entertainments" categorization. This one is darkly funny, without much of the Catholic pathos that is so omnipresent in his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prawlins | 4/3/2011

    " Not quite farce, not quite suspense novel, but some of both and he takes it places I didn't imagine. I dug it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 4/1/2011

    " Different from most Graham Greene books I've read in that it was actually pretty amusing.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 3/23/2011

    " I wanted to read this again after recently finishing the book about Che and Fidel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerald | 3/14/2011

    " This book is a total hoot! Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 3/9/2011

    " Kind of a silly book in that it is sort of whimsical in nature. But in the end it has a bit of intrigue and is a bit of a real spy novel in very loose terms. Worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 3/1/2011

    " Absurdly entertaining political satire. Set in pre-socialist Cuba, when the world swelled with secret agents, Greene juxtaposes the ridiculous with the real as a vacuum cleaner salesman supplements his income with fabricated reports of suspicious subversive activity couriered back to London. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/26/2011

    " I thought this book was HILARIOUS! Doesn't breed much faith in our intelligence systems, but the idea of stumbling into espionage is enchanting! Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/14/2011

    " Must have read this book at least 4 times. Better each time. Might actually be time to read it again... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/12/2011

    " Based on the description I thought I would like the book more. "

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About the Author
Author Graham Greene

Graham Greene (1904–1991) was an English novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. He was an ardent convert to Catholicism, and all of his writings reflect his religious views. His novels are set in places in a state of seedy decay, and many of his locations, such as Vietnam in The Quiet American and Cuba in Our Man in Havana, became international crisis spots.

About the Narrator

Jeremy Northam, a stage performer with the RSC and the National Theatre is best known for major feature films including Emma, An Ideal Husband, Golden Bowl, Enigma, Gosford Park and Cypher. Winner of Actor of the Year 2000 for the London Evening Standard Awards and Film Actor of the Year 2000 for Variety Club.