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The Third Man and The Fallen Idol

By: Graham Greene
Narrated by: Martin Jarvis,George Blagden
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Summary

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The Third Man is Graham Greene's brilliant recreation of post-war Vienna, a 'smashed dreary city' occupied by the four Allied powers. Rollo Martins, a second-rate novelist, arrives penniless to visit his friend and hero, Harry Lime. But Harry has died in suspicious circumstances, and the police are closing in on his associates...

The Fallen Idol is the chilling story of a small boy caught up in the games that adults play. Left in the care of the butler and his wife whilst his parents go on a fortnight's holiday, Philip realises too late the danger of lies and deceit. But the truth is even deadlier.

©2020 Graham Greene (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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For fans of Greene

The screenplay of The Third Man is presented here, with Martin Jarvis doing an admirable job of the narration. If like me, you've seen the film many times, you'll notice the slight alterations in the film versus the screenplay. Nevertheless, for fans of Greene, it is well worth a read.
At chapter 38, the short story The Fallen Idol begins, and the narrator did a good job with all of the characters. The central plot follows the young son of a diplomat in London, who comes to suspect that his family's butler, whom he idolises, has committed the murder of his wife when she found out about the affair. To be fair, it's a short story, and I find the film of The Fallen Idol much better.

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