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VINE VOICEon 28 August 2011
Format: Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is a review of the audiobook so a few words about that first. Like other AudioGo audiobooks I have come across it's well presented with the 8 CDs on a central spindle in a neat case. Samuel West does a good job of reading it at a steady pace suited to the novels subject and tone. His Pinky is suitably chilling; though I felt some of the lesser characters lacked definition.

Now onto the story itself, perhaps worth mentioning that we listened to this as a family on a series of long car journeys while on holiday.

I'd read a couple of Greene's novels and was well aware of Brighton Rocks reputation, so started this with reasonably high expectations. Initially these were fulfilled; the opening chapters are gripping and dramatic, setting the scene of Brighton on a bank-holiday weekend in the 1930s, a murder and the need to cover it up. The tone is grim from the start with no change throughout.

However by the time we had reached CD4 we were all wondering quite how the story could sustain itself for another four. Truth is it didn't, after the initial drama little happens for a very long time, character traits are stated and restated, the writting style is laden with similes (almost everything is like something else) which drags down the narrative. Plus a fair amount of anguish about mortal sin (Ok you expect a bit of Catholic guilt with Greene, but this was laid on with a trowel). It felt like a very long time before we got to the somewhat contrived finale.

I can see this has the elements to make a good film, but the novel itself feels dated, overlong with poorly developed one dimensional characters. Couldn't honestly recommend it to anyone.
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on 4 July 2015
I ordered this for an English class and was really surprised with the quality of the book, It was brand new and in really good condition
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on 15 January 2015
Read it in one sitting. Stunningly disturbing, malevolent and gripping. A literary masterpiece which cannot fail to enthral the reader.
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on 7 February 2011
I loved this book from the start to the finish the tense suspence and the evil Pinky make this a must read not bad for a book from 1938
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VINE VOICEon 17 March 2012
Format: Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is the classic book by Graham Greene brought to life by the faultless Samuel West. An ideal accompament to a long car journey.
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on 13 January 2016
A great modern classic
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on 9 April 2014
Very much a period piece but, for a non-Catholic, an interesting reflection of beliefs impacting real life. Worth a read
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on 24 October 2013
Semms absomutely fine....just wish it had had more notes and highlighting in it. please do not keep asking me to reply!
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on 19 July 2010
A beautifully written, intricate story which covers a number of complex themes..... and above all a good old read!!!
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on 30 January 2014
I studied this book for my GCSE English and hated it back then, so I thought I'd revisit it and ended up enjoying it.
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