The Thirty-nine Steps

Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.5 stars; 1047 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



(5 stars)

It has been a very long time since I've seen the movie with the same name; much was unfamiliar to me and now I'm looking forward to re-watching the movie to see what they used and what the omitted from the book. Both certainly share a sense of urgency. This book was excellent all the way through. And the Librivox volunteer reader did a marvelous job!!

well read and enjoyable

(4 stars)

The story begins at a slow pace but soon picks up. While the main character enjoys multiple lucky attempts to escape, I found the explosion escape somewhat implausible. It was a lot of fun to listen to, and I would recommend it. I would have liked the ending to be further developed -- maybe there's a sequel.

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.


(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!!🌹

one of my favorite readers

(5 stars)

so much action! it had me on edge most of the time. I usually listen to this twice a year.

Great Adventure

(5 stars)

The reader is very good and the story is very interesting. I highly recommend this book if you like mystery and adventures

Great reader and a great adventure.

(5 stars)

Brilliant diction, fragrance of old times bought back by the author.