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Wormold is a vacuum cleaner salesman in a city of power cuts. His adolescent daughter spends his money with a skill that amazes him, so when a mysterious Englishman offers him an extra income he's tempted. In return all he has to do is carry out a little espionage and file a few reports. But when his fake reports start coming true, things suddenly get more complicated and Havana becomes a threatening place. 

©1962 Graham Greene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Graham Greene had wit and grace and character and story and a transcendent universal compassion that places him for all time in the ranks of world literature." (John Le Carré)

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the story is great, but what's with 30 seconds of rubbish music at the start and end of each chapter?

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  • David
  • 19-02-21

Quite brilliant

A superbly crafted story with elements of farce, satire, and the surreal. Laughed more than I have in a good while. Excellent narration from a hugely gifted narrator. The music between each chapter added nicely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-20

easy entertainment

easily entertaining, more comedic than greene's other novels, good performance (with slightly annoying musical interludes)

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  • Philip H
  • 28-03-20

Something missing from Our Man In Havana

The reason I have given this wonderful book such a low rating is because the narration is incomplete: in particular, Chapter 21 has a lot missing from it. I intend to complain to Audible and hopefully the missing sections can be supplied but clearly this has spoilt my enjoyment. Also, I did not find the intro by Christopher Hitchens. All in all a very disappointing experience.

Since the above was written, Audible has suggested I delete the book and re-load it, which I have done. Still part of Chapter 21 missing and no intro from Christopher Hitchens. Very unsatisfactory.

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  • Melosaman
  • 29-07-20

Great story, good reading but terrible music!

Another great tale from Graham Greene and a good reading too but I agree with other reviews that there is something missing from one of the chapters early on and also the music is just terrible... Do we really need music in an audio book? No. Do we want absolutely terrible knocked up faux Cuban music between every chapter? Definitely not! So much good music in Cuba and they paid someone for this annoying dross.
Plus couldn't there be even just one second between the very last word and the 'this is by audible' voice over? After investing some time in a book it's nice for the last sentence to sink before been instantly bombarded with a bit of advertising. Lazy editing, lazy music but still a good listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-20

There is a bit missing - I want my money back!

Much like all of the other people who have reviewed this book I can’t ignore the fact that they have missed a fairly critical section in the
Middle.

Why have they not bothered to fix this is a mystery- I really don’t think people
Should be asked to pay for this.

The fact that there is music in an audio book is annoying the fact that the two pieces they use are overly long, loud and are repeated time and time again is infuriating.

A great book with a good narrator ruined by lazy, idiotic production (and audible who haven’t pulled-it despite all the complaints).

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  • Nicholas G Phillips
  • 14-02-21

Missing

Agree with other reviewers that version I have just listened to (Feb'21) is still missing an important chunk (chapter 21) – the scene at the nightclub where Beatrice gives a shower to Captain Segura: Part 3 chapter 1 from about 1/3 in to the end of the chapter – 6 pages or so.
Such a shame Audible / Penguin have not rectified this as it has been flagged repeatedly by reviewers.
Also have to agree with many other reviewers that the musical interludes are dreadful, they mar an otherwise wonderful narration of a wonderful book – couldn't they be missed out instead ?

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  • SE
  • 01-06-20

Sublime parody

I had forgotten how wonderfully parodic this story lampooning the secret world is. What is even more surprising though is the extremely hot water Greene found himself with his old masters after publication. One can’t help but think that Le Carre’s later Panama Tailor draws heavily on Our Man in Havana, and although bleaker, is none the worse for that. Superbly narrated by Jeremy Northam

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  • simon whitby brown
  • 11-08-20

Great. Except for music that ruins its efforts.

The story and the performance and excellent, with the characters voiced excellently and the meter being perfect for Greene.

However, the intermission music and the music between every chapter absolutely ruins all the hard work done. It is incredibly annoying, goes on for too long and is used far more often than necessary.

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  • Dan B
  • 24-01-21

good reader, annoying music

such a shame they've spoiled this with irritating generic 'salsa' music... just let the guy read the book, we don't need the music

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  • colin barclay
  • 06-12-20

Awful music

A lovely book and great narration almost completely spoiled by awful music between the chapters.

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  • Stephenott
  • 14-10-20

Why the musical intermissions

Loved the book and the very good narration but why oh why have these musical intermissions between chapters.
If you don’t mind that a clever and occasionally funny story by a great author.

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  • DM
  • 22-06-20

Great fun

Found this really enjoyable and addictive. It contains scenes of hilarious farce that really made me laugh, but also has a real melancholy thread running through it.

I'm a fan of musical stings in audiobooks generally. The Cuban jingles in this are perhaps a little overused - and maybe also a bit upbeat for the story - but not off-puttingly so.

Also, another reviewer mentioned missing bits. I don't have a book to check it against, so can't be sure, but there did seem to be some missing sections. One or two strange little blips. Didn't affect my enjoyment though.

Jeremy Northam brilliant as ever. I'm now off to explore more Graham Greene.

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  • Bondig
  • 31-03-20

Where is Chapter 21? It’s 18 secs long Needs a fix

Like the UK reviewer I have advised Audible of this production error.
1 star is to draw your attention
Chapter 21 should be around 5 mins in length
Please follow the subsequent reviews which may reflect their issue of a new download.
In the meantime please be aware
I’m sure it will be 5 stars when fixed
Penguin Audio should not have issued the file in this condition.

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  • AmazonPete
  • 01-04-20

Annoying music

A great and wryly amusing story by Greene, and a decent performance by Jeremy Northam, but annoyingly marred by excessive musical breaks. They were so frequent and often lengthy that they seemed like padding to make the product longer. They were unnecessary from a story or ambiance perspective, and really grated after a short time listening. If I want to listen to music I'll subscribe to something else.