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The Quiet American

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Graham Greene

Narrated By: Joseph Porter

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2009

Duration: 6 hours 43 minutes

Summary:

Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh, while his friend, Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on. Fowler's mistress, a beautiful native girl, creates a catalyst for jealousy and competition between the men and a cultural clash resulting in bloodshed and deep misgivings.

Written in 1955 prior to the Vietnam conflict, The Quiet American foreshadows the events leading up to the Vietnam conflict. Questions surrounding the moral ambiguity of the involvement of the United States in foreign countries are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago.

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  • Jim M

    I knew the American accent would be bad, but I still wasn't prepared for how bad it was. Alden Pyle is a Harvard grad who grew up in Boston. I don't think the narrator has the foggiest idea of what that means.

  • Doug

    I wonder what people in Great Britain think when they hear this readers American accent. To me, it sounded like a parody of Benny Hill's parody of an American accent. Unlistenable.

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