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The narration of this audio book is excellent, a pleasure to listen to. The narrator has a cool voice of authority that really suits the story.
This is my first Greene novel, I had never considered reading him before but I was hooked from the opening sentence, which draws you right in. I won't say anything to spoil the story but it has a fantastic sense of doom hanging over it and you can actually feel pity for the most unlikable character.
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I've long been a fan of Graham Greene but had held off reading this book for years, because it was "too famous" and - I thought - would be spoiled by the film adaptations. And the story never really seemed like a Greene novel to me. I couldn't have been more wrong; this is Greene at his finest. Gripping, poignant, sinister, touching, comic, chilling - only Greene can deliver such a hard-as-nails story with such a tender economy of phrase.
Samuel West is utterly masterful - his voices are eerily evocative whist never straying into caricature, and his sombre tone is perfect for delivering those Greene gut-wrenching sentences. There were a couple of time towards the end where I literally gasped out loud and held my hands up to my face - punches packed with West's subtle and dark delivery. West clearly 'gets' Greene, and like any brilliant narrator, he delivers the story as if from the author himself.
The book left me quite unsettled for days, but in a brilliant and admiring way. The last line... I felt the floor give way beneath me...
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Brighton Rock is a superbly chilling novel. The characters are incredibly well developed and despite the main character Pinkie being an manipulative, murderous psychopath, Greene still manages to make the reader entirely enthralled in what happens to him. The plot is enthralling and the writing style shows Greene's genius. Samuel West's reading is entirely in character and only increases the enjoyment of this remarkable novel.
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This might be the best audiobook I've ever heard. It's almost certainly the best Greene (maybe tied with "The Third Man" but that wasn't his alone) and Samuel West does an incredible job with it.
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