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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (259 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Ambler Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781470821074
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Alfred Hitchcock said, “Mr. Ambler is phenomenal,” and Graham Greene referred to him as “our greatest thriller writer.” This is an ideal title for introducing listeners to this master. Ambler brilliantly paints realistic portraits of his characters and the foreign landscape, mixing suspense with a subtle twist for added color.

When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with the city and in need of a private driver—in other words, the perfect mark for Simpson’s brand of entrepreneurship. But Harper proves to be more the spider than the fly when he catches Simpson searching his wallet for traveler’s checks. Soon Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. When he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey’s notorious prisons. The authorities suspect an attempted coup, but Harper and his gang of international jewel thieves have planned something less sinister but much, much more audacious.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Ambler is phenomenal.”

    Alfred Hitchcock

  • “Ambler brings off this comic thriller with consummate zest.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Ambler is, quite simply, the best.”

    New Yorker

  • “Ambler is incapable of writing a dull paragraph.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Ambler combines political sophistication, a gift for creating memorable characters, and a remarkable talent for turning exciting stories into novels of wonderful entertainment.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Ambler may well be the best writer of suspense stories…He is the master craftsman.”

    Life

  • “Ambler towers over most of his newer imitators.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Rely on Mr. Ambler to serve a hot thriller in a cool style.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Mr. Ambler has never done better.”

    Library Journal

  • “Arthur Abdel Simpson…is one of fiction’s most delightful rogues, and his adventures provide the best Ambler entertainment in years.”

    Anthony Boucher, award-winning author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 12/8/2013

    " Ambler's a reliable author. Even his average stuff is better than most people's best. I enjoyed this one, though the ending could have been written better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 11/22/2013

    " Existential pre-to-post WW2 spy novel. I listened to a great reader. This story is pure fantasy, though. Hard to believe there could be so many stupid people waging war from both sides! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 11/21/2013

    " I believe the title to this book when I read it was "The Light of Day," or something like that. But this change in title is a good way to attract people who like to see the movie first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul Servini | 9/16/2013

    " Spy story with quite a bit of action but a fairly bland storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Florian | 5/21/2013

    " Better watch the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garry | 5/13/2013

    " OK OK. So I'm doing the Ambler thing. Need to go back in time now to the earlier books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Griffen88 | 1/24/2013

    " A very entertaining book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Nichols | 1/9/2013

    " Inspiration for the 1964 film TOPKAPI. Not as entertaining as the movie, but mercifully free of Melina Mercouri's hideous laughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/25/2012

    " The book is so good as the movie. Must try to watch this movie again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Taub | 12/14/2012

    " Meh. Atmosphere and resolutely uncharming antihero don't make up for anticlimactic plot. Written so he could write off tourist trip to Turkey? "

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About the Author
Author Eric Ambler

Eric Ambler (1909–1998) graduated from London University and established himself as a writer with five classic novels of intrigue published between 1937 and 1940: Background to Danger, Epitaph for a Spy, Cause for Alarm, A Coffin for Dimitrios, and Journey into Fear. During World War II he served in the British Army and was discharged as a lieutenant colonel. He wrote and produced a number of motion pictures and was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay of Nicholas Monsarrat’s The Cruel Sea. He then returned to writing novels, many of which became New York Times bestsellers. He is widely considered the father of spy-espionage thrillers.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.