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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,298 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Graham Greene Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: CSA Word Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Debbie | 1/24/2014

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

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