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Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over 50 years at his mother’s funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon South wood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay...

Accompanying his aunt, Henry joins a shiftless, twilight society: mixing with hippies, war criminals and CIA men, as well as smoking pot, breaking all the currency regulations and eventually coming alive after a dull suburban life.

©1969 Graham Greene (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Intemporel

Un récit d'un autre temps toujours aussi palpitant. Très belle interprétation des différents personnages.
Enfin, un style littéraire très fluide qui porte le récit.

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  • Nicole
  • 09/07/2012

More please!

I've read this book many times, it being a personal favourite so I wasn't sure whether hearing it as well would add anything but I was wrong: Tim Piggott-Smith brought it all to life. I didn't want it to end. I'll be listening to this one again.

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  • Barry
  • 18/07/2011

greene's worst novel?

I have read almost everything by Greene, most of it on Audiobooks, but this one severely taxed my patience. Greene seems to have padded this out ad nauseum, and if this is an attempt to write a "comic" novel, it fails wretchedly. Avoid this one like the plague --and read as many of the other Greenes as you can get your hands on--especially as Audiobooks, all of which are beautifully read.

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  • Michael Stavropoulos
  • 01/01/2015

Awesome

Tim Piggot-Smith is an exquisite narrator giving life to a multitude of characters! Superb! Don't miss it!

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  • Simone
  • 24/06/2012

Cute characters

My best friend recomended it to me over and over and over again... so there was too much hype.

I liked the charcaters, they were fun, but overall I was let down.

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  • Anniebligh
  • 11/12/2016

Disappointing


The first section was for me, tedious and almost screamingly frustrating. Tim Pigott-Smith is a decent reader, so what is going on here for his narration to be so horrible?

Maybe this is an "interpretation"?
This audio almost went into the 'returns', and may still do so. Sometimes I do keep an awful audio because there is no other reader and if I try really hard I can enjoy the story.

What could be a light enjoyable listen, had become something other, hard work. As I am not a great fan of G G, I do worry I maybe missing something here. The Third Man was good, though it did take Orson Wells to reveal that to me. So was TP-S using the dreadful Jeeves persona to hide a great secret revelation about GG?
Well I think another narrator could do a better job on this story, and doubt there is a Damascus moment to be had.

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  • Sebastian Gruson
  • 10/07/2015

Exquisitely Entertaining!

A wonderful tale, part comedy, part spy thriller, but foremost a personal travelogue of man's search for his own purpose.

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  • Walter
  • 20/02/2012

A Joyful Journey

At the funeral of his mother Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager in his mid-50s, meets his aunt Augusta for the first time. With that not only the adventure of his so-far quite life, but a new, adventurous life starts for him.

In the first part of the novel he travels with his aunt into the realm of her past: Brighton, Paris and with the Orient-Express to Istanbul, Boulogne. Then the reality of his old, boring existence hits him and in part two he travels to her, up the La Plata River…

The book is tremendously funny and full of subtle humour. Thanks to the brilliant reading by Tim Pigott-Smith it is just a joy listening to the tale because all the characters come to life with their distinct accents and mannerisms.

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