The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon audiobook

The Manchurian Candidate

By Richard Condon
Read by Christopher Hurt

Blackstone Publishing
9.47 Hours Unabridged
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This classic of Cold War paranoia is one of the most dazzling and enduring products of an unforgettable time. Buried deep within the consciousness of Sergeant Raymond Shaw is the mechanism of an assassin, a time bomb ticking toward explosion, controlled by the delicate skill of its Communist masters. Shaw returns from the Korean War to an idolizing and unsuspecting country. In a farcical, uproarious scene, he is greeted amid flashbulbs and frock coats by his power-hungry, domineering mother and her politician husband, who have decided to use Shaw’s fame to further their own unscrupulous ambitions. What follows is at once a spy story, a love story, and a sobering yet outrageously funny satire on demagoguery in American politics. Two tender love stories provide an undercurrent theme: the powers of light against the powers of dark. Shaw, the pawn, the brainwashed, is caught between the forces struggling for his soul. With humor, anger, and compassion, Richard Condon brings this mortal combat to a spectacular surprise ending, an ending that the New York Times says, “will knock your reading glasses off!”

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Summary

Summary

This classic of Cold War paranoia is one of the most dazzling and enduring products of an unforgettable time.

Buried deep within the consciousness of Sergeant Raymond Shaw is the mechanism of an assassin, a time bomb ticking toward explosion, controlled by the delicate skill of its Communist masters. Shaw returns from the Korean War to an idolizing and unsuspecting country. In a farcical, uproarious scene, he is greeted amid flashbulbs and frock coats by his power-hungry, domineering mother and her politician husband, who have decided to use Shaw’s fame to further their own unscrupulous ambitions.

What follows is at once a spy story, a love story, and a sobering yet outrageously funny satire on demagoguery in American politics. Two tender love stories provide an undercurrent theme: the powers of light against the powers of dark. Shaw, the pawn, the brainwashed, is caught between the forces struggling for his soul. With humor, anger, and compassion, Richard Condon brings this mortal combat to a spectacular surprise ending, an ending that the New York Times says, “will knock your reading glasses off!”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A breathlessly up-to-date thriller.” New York Times
“Brilliant…a wild and exhilarating satire.”  New Yorker
“An exciting, brilliantly told story…crammed with suspense, humor, horror, satire, sex, and intrigue.” Chicago Tribune
“Shocking, tense…a high-grade adventure-suspense.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Apocalyptic…Condon is wickedly skillful.” Time
“Any fan of political thrillers will enjoy this one.” Library Journal

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English