The Thirty-nine Steps

Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.6 stars; 1467 reviews)

Richard Hannay’s boredom is soon relieved when the resourceful engineer is caught up in a web of secret codes, spies, and murder on the eve of WWI. This exciting action-adventure story was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1939 classic film of the same name. John Buchan (1875-1940) was Governor General of Canada and a popular novelist. Although condemned by some for anti-Semitic dialog in The Thirty-Nine Steps, his character’s sentiments do not represent the view of the author who was identified in Hitler’s Sonderfahndungsliste (special search list) as a "Jewish sympathiser." (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis) (4 hr 20 min)


Chapter 1 30:13 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 2 16:31 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 3 30:14 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 4 27:48 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 5 23:11 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 6 36:50 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 7 26:31 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 8 19:10 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 9 15:39 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 10 34:35 Read by Adrian Praetzellis


Such a fun spy thriller!

(5 stars)

the reader is AMAZING!!! THOSE SCOTTISH ACCENTS! The story was a joyride, too--a real adventure with high stakes, shifting loyalties, ciphers and chases and disguises. Hannay is a fun and interesting character, an able spy and yet human enough to be relatable. the narrative humanizes all the characters, which I really appreciate, and it was interesting to see glimpses of the political climate at the time. overall, an awesome book that made my day at work a million times better.

The narrator made this book even more enjoyable.

(5 stars)

This is a great book in its natural form so don’t be fooled by having watched the movies and thinking you know the story. The narrator was fantastic. So well read with a good, distinct voice for each character. It was an absolute pleasure and his voice was very soothing. Definitely worth a relaxing time-out.

Albania is the type of place that might keep a man from yawning

(5 stars)

loved it, great story of a selfish dilettante who became central to solving a great mystery


(5 stars)

Never get tired of this story or the movie! The reader is fabulous and I loved his small aside! I love fishing, too!!🌹

(5 stars)

Simply putting this, it's a brilliant audiobook with a lovely narration that makes you want to go through it in one go!!

excellent reading

(5 stars)

loved the timbre, pacing, and clarity of the reading. a great tale. Very enjoyable to listen to.


(5 stars)

Buchan at his best. Fast, actioned packed and unexpected. Great reading by Adrian. Highly recommended.

Bravo from Borneo

(5 stars)

Bravo! Really enjoyed this fast paced murder mystery cum spy novel. It really moved along from start to finish. John Buchan creates a hero that you root for and wait in anticipation to see how he will defy the odds though his sharpness and acumen. He is a man of many disguises that can melt into a setting. Chapeau to Adrian Praetzellis who did a sterling job in reading the book. He really brought the characters to life. I can't remember the film, which I saw over 40 years ago, but this is of no matter as the book and this reading stand worthy in their own right. Now to find another book read by Adrian!