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The Thirty-nine Steps

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Buchan

Narrated By: Adrian Praetzellis

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2015

Duration: 4 hours 21 minutes


Richard Hannay's boredom is soon relieved when the resourceful engineer is caught up in a web of secret codes, spies, and murder on the eve of WWI. This exciting action-adventure story was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's 1939 classic film of the same name. John Buchan (1875-1940) was Governor General of Canada and a popular novelist. Although condemned by some for anti-Semitic dialog in The Thirty-Nine Steps, his character's sentiments do not represent the view of the author who was identified in Hitler's Sonderfahndungsliste (special search list) as a "Jewish sympathiser." (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)


  • Steve J

    I had only seen the films; when I saw the audio of the book was available I had to listen; I listen while on the exercise bike. I love the dated aspects; Hannay gets into the chauffer's seat (the driver's seat), he worries about not wearing a collar and tie. There is no female love interest. Adrian is an excellent reader; he doesn't have the full vocal expression of a professional but he is easy on the ear.

  • Martin Hyland

    Great classic story.

  • Nicky Sutcliffe

    Worth a listen, enjoyed it!

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