Mr Standfast: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 3 : Richard Hannay

  • by John Buchan
  • Narrated by Peter Joyce
  • Series: Richard Hannay
  • 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Once again Brigadier General Hannay is taken from the trenches of the front line to save his country on a desperate mission. This time he must find the genius behind a vast network of spies infiltrating English pacifists and conscientious objectors. Hannay finds the man only to have him evade capture at the last moment. However, this is only the beginning of a thrilling adventure which takes him back to Scotland for more exploits in the manner of The Thirty Nine Steps, to France again and on to Switzerland, pitting his wits against the mastermind behind the sinister organisation 'the wild birds'.
All his old friends are with him and our hero has to convince Bullivant, Blenkiron, Peter Pienaar, and the love of his life, Mary Lamington, that he would recognise the chameleon like villain again who must be hunted down and destroyed to avoid defeat of the Allies. The riveting tale contains some chilling descriptions of 'modern warfare'; the new weapon, gas; and comes to a climax with the brave antics of that new breed of men, the Royal Flying Corps.

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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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Brilliant -- but with blemishes

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Of course ! Any Buchan enthusiast -- as I am -- would enjoy this.


If you’ve listened to books by John Buchan before, how does this one compare?

All by the same reader, and this is just as good as the others.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The opening scene in Fosse Manor with Mary Lamington's wonderful aunts.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Don't know what that phrase means.


Any additional comments?

Peter Joyce has the perfect voice, excellent elocution and is an expressive and most talented reader. But there are persistent mispronunciations of foreign words, place-names and ordinary words that were differently pronounced then. I do not remember the writer himself, but his world was completely familiar to me, and I certainly as an adult met his daughter Alice and his eldest son, and their speech reflected what I say. Just 1 example: in that era, the word "ate" was pronounced to rhyme with "et," not with "eight," and it is still always so pronounced by those of us that remember that era. But I still admire the reader, and, if I need to prove that, can say that I have bought his version of 7 Buchan novels !

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- PGA Eyre

Great adventure

Really enjoyed this. Yes it's packed with corny coincidences and sometimes the plot is a bit thin, but it's terrific boys own type heroic adventure. You get to know and love the characters. Listen to The 39 steps and Greenmantle first, as this sort of carries on from those.
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- phil4321

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-12-2010
  • Publisher: Assembled Stories