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3.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 5 3.39 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: CSA Word Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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The Third Man is one of the truly great post-war films. It's a thrilling story of black-marketeering set against a backdrop of Vienna in the immediate post-war era, when the city was divided into four zones amongst the major powers: Russia, Britain, France, and America.

Although the stars of the film, Orson Welles as Harry Lime and Joseph Cotton as Rollo (changed to Holly for the film) Martins were American, the two main characters in the book are quintessential Englishmen who were at the same public school.

Graham Greene wrote the novella first (to me it is impossible to write a film play without first writing the story Greene wrote later) and then adapted it for the screenplay.

The story is written in the first person from the point of view of the British chief of police, the part played in the film by Trevor Howard. He is investigating the death of Harry Lime when Rollo Martins, a writer of Westerns, arrives in Vienna to visit his old school friend and gets inextricably involved in the mystery. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 2/19/2014

    " Eh. Harry Lime is dead. Or is he? Well, no, he's not actually dead yet, he just faked his own death to escape arrest for racketeering. But he will die. Graham Greene gives all the spoilers in the forward, so all you have to do is wait for Harry Lime to be dead, then not dead, then really dead, while trying to keep track of Lime's shifty, international crowd of co-racketeers and his bumbling, misogynist school chum who's come for a visit. I read this because I enjoyed the description a scene in Pierre Bayard's wonderful How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read. Read that book, and imagine that the rest of the book lives up to the one comic scene described therein. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew McBurney | 2/10/2014

    " The Third Man is the novel form of the screenplay Graham Greene wrote for the movie of the same name. Both the movie and the novel are excellent examples of sophisticated intrigue: grim reality that presents the vices and virtues of human nature, not the least of which is the touch of heroism that this novel's blundering American, Rollo Martins, exhibits for accepting the hard truth about the inhumane immorality of his best friend, Harry Lime - only to confront the moral uncertainty of his own ambiguous action at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Schaeffer | 1/26/2014

    " Don't get me wrong, The Third Man is a great movie and Graham Greene is a great author, but this really does read like a half-finished treatment. Which I guess it was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/24/2014

    " Rather thin story, but the dark symbolism of the movie is all there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pankeka | 1/21/2014

    " La lectura se me hizo un poco dificil ya que a mi parecer la trama se desarrolla lentamente, razon por la cual la cadencia se vuelve tediosa. Quiza sea debido a que, como bien dice la introdiccion, es una novela que esta escrita para ser pelicula, no tanto para leerse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis | 1/12/2014

    " As this is one of my favourite movies, I wanted to read the original and it is quite good.The only problem being ,I kept seeing scenes from the film in my head as I was reading and kept hearing the famous zither soundtrack as well.Definitely worth reading for any who enjoy mysteries and for those who have read it, watch the movie. You will not be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Konstanze | 1/9/2014

    " It really shows that this was written to be a movie. I can see how it'd make a wonderful film, but as a novella it seems ... lacking, and definitely not up to the quality of Greene's other writings. It did however make me curious about seeing "The Third Man". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 12/29/2013

    " A slight tale told with Greene's typical precision. However, I did find the authorial intrusion irritating at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Deegan | 12/27/2013

    " Love Greene. Love the way it truly evoked post-war Austria, and the nascent cold war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 12/16/2013

    " Short but well-crafted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 11/7/2013

    " Classic noir thriller works much better on screen than as a book. It is too short to get in to its characters' heads in any depth, and hence seems much more like a cheap thriller than a true psychological novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marion | 10/31/2013

    " Sacrilege, maybe, but once you hear Orson Welles's whistling, it's hard to go back to the original. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/8/2013

    " The atmosphere of Vienna is captured in the Graham Greene novel . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greta Stough | 7/3/2013

    " Mystery/noir doesn't get any better than this; uneasy, dark, and sexy, you won't be able to put it down until you are done. And for your own salvation--see the Orson Wells film before you get any older. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeline | 4/28/2013

    " This is imperfect, though still pretty good, but the movie is perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raisu | 2/23/2013

    " A rare case where the movie is actually better. Not that the book isn't good, but Wells just took the whole thing to the next level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meetasha Rathi | 11/29/2012

    " I have watched way too many movies to be thrilled about the climax but i liked the narration technique =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 12/2/2011

    " Doesn't quite stand up to the movie it would go on to become, but still definitely worth reading. It helps if you think of it as a film treatment instead of a novel (which it basically is). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie Hermé | 11/10/2011

    " Maybe you have to hear it. Reading the script disappointed me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 10/2/2011

    " The movie was better. Seriously. A lot better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jose | 5/7/2011

    " Divertida, intensa, Una novela escrita con sencillez y claridad. Greene nos pone en una Viena destrozada de finales de la segunda guerra mundial y vemos un mundo de intriga, decepciones y misterio.

    Una novela negra perfecta para el fin de semana "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 4/17/2011

    " Classic noir thriller works much better on screen than as a book. It is too short to get in to its characters' heads in any depth, and hence seems much more like a cheap thriller than a true psychological novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 4/15/2011

    " Love Greene. Love the way it truly evoked post-war Austria, and the nascent cold war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 4/6/2011

    " Classic suspense mixed with sophisticated humor from a master of the medium. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 2/5/2011

    " The movie was better. Seriously. A lot better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurele | 1/12/2011

    " Grahame Green wrote this novella in preparation for writing the screen play. "

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

    " Don't get me wrong, The Third Man is a great movie and Graham Greene is a great author, but this really does read like a half-finished treatment. Which I guess it was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nomad | 10/20/2010

    " AH, my first book by graham greene. There isnt much, its another short book. Finished in couple of hours.

    picking these books from guardian list,
    Cant see why, these books are on that, list,
    "

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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

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.