"Emily Eden is a neglected 19th century writer. Although not of the standard of Jane
Austen, this book is nevertheless worth listening to. It is a gentle story with some
humour included. In proof of this, I have just purchased Peter Joyce's
version of the 'sister' book - The Semi-Detached House."
Mar 12 2012, 12:10 PM
by Maureen Edinburgh
I was totally engrossed right up to the end
"I was a little uncertain when buying this book as I felt it might have dated. Peter
Joyce really makes the book come alive and dramatises it so you feel that you can
really see what is happening. I was totally engrossed right up to the end. I would
recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book well written, with a good story and
someone reading it who really manages to convey what the author had in mind."
Mar 12 2012, 12:08 PM
by Arlene (London)
"I defy anyone not to be utterly transported by this classic thriller. Brilliantly narrated by Peter
Mar 12 2012, 12:07 PM
by Louise (London)
"John Buchan's novels wear their age well: this was brought home to me when I revisited my youth and listened to them read by Peter Joyce, whose tireless effort brought home the sheer drive and dexterity of the plot, as well as a vast range of accents. I urge these recordings on the public, not just of The Thirty Nine Steps but of all five Hannay novels. He is an under-rated novelist, partly because he had a South African career and a further one in the Diplomatic Service, culminating in the Governorship of Canada and we English suspect people who have more than one talent.
Buchan sensitively observes whatever country he sets the novels and even in the first, short, Hannay novel there is room for a response to the Scots landscape; later novels all contain memorable, evocative descriptions.
Once one is adjusted to the character and background of Hannay; stiff upper-lip, pukka sahib and all, we have excellently and tautly written novels and hardly a needless fatality.
Go buy them!"
Mar 06 2010, 14:07 PM
by Roger J Flavell