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Download The Thirty Nine Steps: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Buchan Narrator: Peter Joyce Publisher: Assembled Stories Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay's struggle against the evil that is the 'Black Stone'.

May 1914: Europe is close to war and spies are everywhere. Richard Hannay has arrived back in London to begin a new life, when a spy called Scudder asks for help to uncover a German plot to murder the Greek prime minister in London and to steal British plans for the outbreak of war. He claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone. A few days later, Scudder is murdered. Hannay is forced to continue Scudder's work and is chased across Scotland both by police and German spies. The solution to the mysterious phrase 'Thirty-Nine Steps' is a thread that runs through the whole story.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 2/16/2014

    " A little hard to read at times, with 1915 British slang, but good story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Tilley | 2/13/2014

    " A jolly fine romp old chap...! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 2/12/2014

    " I have an addiction to old movies and watch Turner Classic movies often. About a month ago I watched an old noir film named "The Thirty-Nine Steps" and enjoyed the acting, the old 30's black and white feel, but the story got a little convoluted at times. In looking it up on wone of the movie websites, I learned that it was the result of a book written in 1915 by John Buchan and with my ongoing luck found a copy at my local library bookstore. This book is short, but not a quick read. It should be named "The Great Escape" since the protagonist is chased all ove Great Britain by German spies that want him killed and by British authorities that believe him guilty of a murder. Now I understand why the movie was hard to keep up with. In any case, a delightful mystery-intrigue book that has a great deal of early 20th century language and a little brogue thrown in, but a fun and captivating novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ibarra | 2/3/2014

    " Classic. Definitely one of the 100 best novels of all time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimbolimbo | 1/29/2014

    " This was a fun little book full of intrigue and espionage. It's a fictional book about the REAL reason WWI began. It's not my favorite book on the shelf but I didn't dislike it either. I will probably read something else by this author to give him another chance to wow the socks off of me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John somers | 1/18/2014

    " Decent spy adventure story. Interesting as it was written in 1915 and set in the weeks just prior to World War 1 & shows the Allied attitude that Germany had deliberately set the war in motion. Excellent descriptions of pre war rural scotland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 12/14/2013

    " The best and easiest to read of Buchan's books (in my humble opinion). A good story, written of the time, in the time. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlaboulton | 11/18/2013

    " I loved this book, took me out of what I might normally read and has egged me on to look out some more books by the same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron Lamb | 10/21/2013

    " Great murder mystery/detective caper. Exciting and short, perfect for a sunny afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 10/16/2013

    " British empire type seeks adventure and dash it by jove not only finds it but has the time for some incredibly rascist asides. Definetly a product of a certain time and mind but well plotted exciting stuff nonetheless. Recommend because not only is it an fun easy read but also a slice of 1920s UK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 8/27/2013

    " Good spy book, short and sweet and enjoyable with great description of scotland countryside...definitly worth a read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Palmreader | 2/18/2013

    " A really interesting story, but certainly dated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Simpson | 1/31/2013

    " When I re-read this classic last year I was disappointed. Hannay's adventures were much tamer than those he was given in the film and the ending felt flat. It seemed very dated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Tuley | 8/1/2012

    " It's a nearly-perfect suspense story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/1/2012

    " This is one of the first thrillers written by a Scotsman in the early 1900s. I was thrilling but had many words and expressions that were dated so it wasn't a quick read for me. I liked it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 12/2/2011

    " Richard Hannay returns from Africa and then one day a gentleman comes to his flat and informs him of this asassination plot then the man is murdered in his flat and Hannay has to run for his life and somehow eventually warn the government about whats to take place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 2/19/2011

    " Enjoyable adventure with the affable and resourceful Mr. Hannay. A fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 11/25/2010

    " Ending rather abrupt for me, but loved the 1930's style of writing, mystery & intrigue. Good description of the wild, beautiful & rugged Scottish landscape. "

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About the Author
Author John Buchan

John Buchan (1875–1940) was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford. He became a barrister, Member of Parliament, soldier, publisher, and Governor-General of Canada. Of the over one hundred books he published during his lifetime, he is best remembered for his adventure and spy stories, especially The Thirty-Nine Steps, which was made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock.