Summary

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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"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Louise on 04-05-11

Classic rendition of an espionage classic

I defy anyone not to be utterly transported by this classic thriller. Brilliantly narrated by Peter Joyce.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 26-05-15

It's good enough, but perhaps aclaim is overdone

I have read reviews of this citing it as the first great espionage novel, etc. it is no Le Carre is all I would say.

The novel is well narrated, but the plot isn't that believable. It felt a bit like a Edwardian pot boiler to me - lots of unlikely twists and turns.

I enjoyed the listen, and I'm glad I've now listened to it, but I don't think I'll be returning to it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-11-10

epic!!!!!!!

epic story and outstanding narration!!!!!!! Peter Joyce does a great job of making you feel like you know the characters in the story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nathanial on 19-12-12

One of my favorite listens ever!

So I took a chance with this one for a road trip I was driving on solo. I absolutely loved it! excellent story line and performance. If you want to hear a great story check this out, you wont be disappointed.

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