Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2 : Richard Hannay

  • by John Buchan
  • Narrated by Peter Joyce
  • Series: Richard Hannay
  • 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The second of Richard Hannay's adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive. Pursued by the barbaric General Stumm, Hannay and his old South African friend and teacher Peter Pienaar with fellow soldier Sandy Arbuthnot and American engineer and less than ‘nootral’ John S. Blenkiron make their different ways to Constantinople to find the elusive Greenmantle and do what they can to avert disaster.
But who is Greenmantle and what dastardly part has the sinister fanatic Hilda von Einem to play in the game which will determine the outcome of the war. Packed with incident and incredible feats of derring-do the story culminates at the offensive. Buchan’s life in politics and his work for the Intelligence Corps gave him knowledge and an insight that few others could have at the time. With remarkable prescience he reveals the main theme and keeps the attention to the last.
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What the Critics Say

"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." (The Independent)


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Customer Reviews

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Peter Joyce brings Buchan to life...

I was really unsure about this one.

I love John Buchan and particularly the BBC Drama production of The Thirty-Nine Steps starring Tom Baker (available on Audible) but having it read to me by one person seemed to be a second-rate affair.


Peter Joyce portrays the cast well and his range of accents are convincing and different enough to avoid confusion.

The sound quality is good - at the beginning of the book, 'side 1' is announced so I can only assume that this production has been remastered from tape.

The story is typical Buchan - wild and fanciful and very much using language and terms that shouldn't be used today, but as this was published in 1916, we can forgive the author.

The plot has winds and twists and gets a little odd towards the end. It's not as clean as the Thirty-Nine Steps but is thoroughly enjoyable and the next step along the road for our here, Richard Hannay.

Will try Mr Standfast next....
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- Lee Grant

Wonderfully nostalgic; so pertinent today.

The best known of John Buchanan's books is the Thirty Nine Steps. The best of his novels is Greenmantle. The heroic loyalty and goo-humoured courage is of another era, but so very refreshing in today's climate. In the genre of the Clubland Heroes spanning from the Scarlet Pimpernel, to Bulldog Drummond, the Saint, James Bond and arguably George Smiley, the adventures of Richard Hannah are exhilarating, straightforward and nostalgic, filled with the hope, heroism and British values that leave us wistful in our egotistical modern age. But with all of that, Greenmantle is a great book, based on a theme that is strangely modern given the current wave of twenty-first century terrorism. A book that can be read and re-read, or listened to, many times with its wonderful array of memorable characters, including the chilling Madam Von Einem. Mad and bad she may have been, but also she was great!
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- Andrew Lyndon-Skeggs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2010
  • Publisher: Assembled Stories