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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,911 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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When a leak is traced back to a small sub-section of SIS, it sparks off security checks, tensions and suspicions - the sort of atmosphere where mistakes could be made. This novel opens up the lonely, isolated, neurotic world of the Secret Service. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 2/20/2014

    " Not my favorite Graham Greene novel, but still, it's Graham Greene and has some of his trademarks. I liked the black humor of Our Man in Havana and the creepiness of Brighton Rock. Next on my list is The Power and the Glory. Worth your time if you're a devotee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maythe | 2/13/2014

    " In The Human Factor, Graham Greene takes a close look at human relationships and motivations. He captures personality and interactions with a compassionate, understanding eye, managing to write about the mundanities of life while also weaving a heartbreaking story of treachery and lies. If you are looking for spy novels with car chases and sex then look to another author. But if you would like to read beautiful and terrible stories of life in the secret side of the civil service then reach for a Graham Greene novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 2/8/2014

    " Read the master of mystery writers who can wring suspense from the internal world of a character in the midst of a moral dilemma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 2/1/2014

    " Classic Graham Greene stuff. The double agent who is never too sure whom he can or cannot trust (including himself). Paints a very lonely and isolating picture of the "intelligence" game. The question of trust becomes paramount though it would seem as the world becomes more complex and layered the question of absolute trust is moot. More cerebral than his earlier (from the 1930's) secret agent "entertainments" and more disenchanting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriela | 1/26/2014

    " i think that the author is emphasing how socialism has influenced on our society "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kieran Guckian | 1/26/2014

    " Loved this book, I would recommend sticking with it, it is a bit of a slow starter but then Greene has you and builds to an amazing conclusion, amazing stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Blakemore | 1/13/2014

    " This is everything you'd expect from a good spy novel: it is a page turner and the suspense slowly builds as it develops. What was really good about it though was the sense of paranoia and weariness in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 12/7/2013

    " Intriguing, well-drawn, ultimately Graham Greene-ish, but ultimately putdownable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimi | 11/16/2013

    " i love graham greene: he's so dark! even the dog has to suffer a cruel, agonizing death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 11/12/2013

    " My first Greene novel, and I remember not being all that impressed. But now that I'm older, I'd like to give it another try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is slow going but never dull and the ending is quite unexpected. A very interesting and atypical Cold War spy novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreea | 10/9/2013

    " Not like any other spy novel...really makes you wonder what could deserve your loyalty, hoe close could we be to true values, where the treason really begins and where it ends....and does it really matter?... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoffrey | 10/8/2013

    " An English espionage tale with deeper themes of love, allegiance, and prejudice intelaced. Truly well-done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Derocher | 10/4/2013

    " Great international espionage at its subtle finest - understated yet heart-throbbing, which is a British trademark! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Larson | 5/31/2013

    " The most domestic, least-sexy spy novel ever. Tense, personal, and real. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/8/2013

    " I love Graham Greene. I almost wish I hadn't read the foreword first - it meant that I knew major plot points before the narrative got to them. Castle's a great, very believable character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 3/26/2012

    " Classy book - properly understated "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aras | 11/27/2011

    " Pretty much the anti-James Bond. Nothing much happens. And who is it that truly deserves your loyalty? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gaby | 11/5/2011

    " Why do I keep reading mediocre Graham Greene spy books? They're like a worn coat -- vaguely out of date, a bit socially embarrassing, mildly irritating, and yet somehow comfortable and comforting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 josie | 7/11/2011

    " One of the best Graham Green novel's I've read. Without spoiling the suspense, just about the perfect grim and drab spy novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/15/2011

    " Even better the second time around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/30/2011

    " Greene was a master of literature but I often found his spy novels were good, but not great. This is moreso because I am not a spy novel fan. Having said this, knowing his background in the British Service, he knows what he is doing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 4/4/2011

    " Read the master of mystery writers who can wring suspense from the internal world of a character in the midst of a moral dilemma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 3/18/2011

    " Belongs in the canon of espionage literature for revealing, as the best espionage fiction usually does, the moral bankruptcy of both sides in the Cold War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/3/2011

    " Understated (as most of Greene) spy novel. Characters well defined although physical descriptions sketchy. Enjoyed this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil | 2/10/2011

    " This is a pastiche of better novels, many of them by the same author. If you're interested in a decent man compromising himself for the ones he loves, read The Heart of the Matter. If you want a story of an alcoholic traitor, read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 12/5/2010

    " A superb tale of espionage, love and the loneliness which accompanies secrets. It's a highly readable work which draws you along the twists and turns of the ordinary life of a double agent. For those who are looking for a James Bond type tale, you will be dejected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriela | 9/23/2010

    " i think that the author is emphasing how socialism has influenced on our society
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/4/2010

    " ok. British spy novel written during the cold war, interesting perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 8/25/2010

    " First Graham Greene book I ever read. Fantastic. I was riveted. And it was funny too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 8/10/2010

    " Anyone that loves the craft of a spy novel must read Graham Greene. Greene and Joseph Conrad were two of the best spy novelists out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 6/7/2010

    " Not among his very best--it's sparer--but still quite good. Anxiety-producing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreea | 5/31/2010

    " Not like any other spy novel...really makes you wonder what could deserve your loyalty, hoe close could we be to true values, where the treason really begins and where it ends....and does it really matter?... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 5/1/2010

    " My first Greene novel, and I remember not being all that impressed. But now that I'm older, I'd like to give it another try. "

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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

Tim Pigott-Smith is a British classical stage and television actor.  He has narrated everything from Wilbur Smith's adventure works, Triumph of the Sun and Blue Horizon to Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic The Brothers Karamazov, for which he received an AudioFile Earphones Award. He was an Audie finalist for Professor Joanna Burke’s 2006 original works Eyewitness: 1940-1949, Eyewitness: 1950-1959 and Eyewitness: 1960-1969.

 

Pigott-Smith performed in Broadway in Sherlock Holmes as well as opposite such British stars as Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Geraldine James, and Patrick Stewart. He has appeared in a host of Shakespearean classics on television including Henry IV, Part I and Measure for Measure as well as in Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, Downton Abbey, and The Hour.  His many film credits include Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans, Bloody Sunday, and Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York.