Greenmantle : Richard Hannay

  • by John Buchan
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • Series: Richard Hannay
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Greenmantle, Richard Hannay, the South African mining engineer and war hero first introduced in Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic messiah.He is joined by three others: John S. Blenkiron, an American who is determined to battle the Kaiser; Peter Pienaar, an old Boer Scout; and the colorful Sandy Arbuthnot, who is modeled on Lawrence of Arabia. Disguised, they travel through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border to confront their enemies, the hideous Stumm and the evil beauty Hilda von Einem. Their success or failure could change the outcome of the First World War.

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What the Critics Say

"A specialty audio, a classic, but definitely a 'thinking man's audio'. Bravo, Blackstone Audiobooks, which seems to find these gems!" (KLIATT)

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Customer Reviews

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Derring-do and stiff-upper-lips

Where does Greenmantle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a good book and I enjoyed it - I love the old-fashioned language of John Buchan's novels.


What other book might you compare Greenmantle to, and why?

The writing is dated, and it compares well with any of the other adventure / heroic stories of that era, but political correctness, in particular to 'foreigners' had not been invented at the time Greenmantle was written.


What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Robert Whitfield has the perfect well-spoken English accent for the book. And if some of his 'other' accents aren't quite accurate, it doesn't matter, it all works smoothly.


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

Great heroes and brave spies...


Any additional comments?

The language is old-fashioned and it would be possible to laugh at the book, but it's great escapism back to my childhood when my father used to read Buchan to us.

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- Serena

Buchan's Best

This is the book that Buchan was warming up for when he wrote the 39 steps. Its essentially the same story but bigger, more action, more travel and more chums...Have you seen the Will Smith film Bad Boys? Well this is Bad Boys two.
What I found surprising though was the comforting wisdom in it, the casts attitude to life, whats important and their struggles was gently inspiring.
Its not the best book ever but its a good solid piece of quality classic British writing.
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.