Thirty-Nine Steps

  • Read by: David Thorn
  • Runtime: 4.2 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 1.1.2006
  • Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
  • Genre: Fiction/Classics
  • 4.17 hrs1/1/2006Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9780975566312

Richard Hannay, Buchan’s hero in this classic 1915 thriller, stumbles across a terrorist plot to destabilize Europe. A British spy in the mold of James Bond, Hannay is an action man with a polished veneer. After a series of murders, Hannay takes up the cause when he has to go on the run. An action-packed series of events come to an exciting conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

“It is the dimension of the mysterious that makes Buchan’s writing so unfailingly compelling.”

John Keegan, author of A History of Warfare

“Buchan’s technique as a writer is simple enough and well displayed in The Thirty-Nine Steps. He understood that in a thriller…what matters above all is to keep the reader focused on what is going to happen next…It doesn’t matter that the reader has no clue where he is being taken or, when he gets there, how the thing happened as it did. All that matters is that once you’ve started, you can’t put the book down.”

Telegraph (London)

Author Biography

John Buchan (1875–1940) was educated at Glasgow University and Brasenose College, Oxford. He became a barrister, Member of Parliament, soldier, publisher, and Governor-General of Canada. Of the over one hundred books he published during his lifetime, he is best remembered for his adventure and spy stories, especially The Thirty-Nine Steps, which was made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Reader Biography

David Thorn spent his childhood in the Channel Islands off the coast of France, was schooled in England, and then immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty-three. He is retired from international commerce and currently resides in California.

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