Mr. Standfast


Read by Nicholas Clifford

(4.6 stars; 137 reviews)

This is the third of Buchan's Richard Hannay novels, following The Thirty-nine Steps and Greenmantle. Set, like Greenmantle, durinig World War I, it deals Brigadier-General Hannay's recall from the Western Front, to engage in espionage, and forced (much to his chagrin) to pose as a pacifist. He becomes a South African conscientious objector, using the name Cornelius Brand. Under the orders of his spymaster, Sir Walter Bullivant, he travels in the book through England to Scotland, back to the Western Front, and ultimately, for the book's denouement, into the Alps. Those who know Greenmantle will meet some old friends again here, including Bullivant, the American John Blenkiron, the South African Peter Pienaar and others. To quote Hannay's contemporary, Sherlock Holmes, “The game's afoot!” How will it come out? And though Hannay is no James Bond, might he perhaps be a literary ancestor of Ian Fleming's Agent Double-O Seven? Judge for yourself. There are also a fair number of unpronounceable Gaelic names. A further warning: this book was published in 1919 and it reflects a certain number of standards and mores of the day. It is by no means free of racist remarks and attitudes, and it is quite clear that Hannay has no use for pacifists, socialists, feminists, overly intellectual professors, and so forth. How far Hannay's fictional views mirror those of Buchan himself, I could not possibly say. Buchan of course went on to become first Baron Tweedsmuir, and Governor-General of Canada from 1935 until his death in 1940 (if you go to his Wikpedia site, you can see him very unhappily attired in a Native American headdress. President Calvin Coolidge, photographed the same way in 1927, looked equally unhappy).
(Introduction by Nicholas Clifford) (11 hr 52 min)

Chapters

01 - The Wicket-Gate 38:19 Read by Nicholas Clifford
02 - The Village Named Morality 38:07 Read by Nicholas Clifford
03 - The Reflections of a Cured Dyspeptic 25:50 Read by Nicholas Clifford
04 - Andrew Amos 35:05 Read by Nicholas Clifford
05 - Various Doings in the West 40:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford
06 - The Skirts of the Coolin 36:37 Read by Nicholas Clifford
07 - I Hear of the Wild Birds 25:43 Read by Nicholas Clifford
08 - The Adventures of a Bagman 32:33 Read by Nicholas Clifford
09 - I Take the Wings of a Dove 28:14 Read by Nicholas Clifford
10 - The Advantages of an Air Raid 21:53 Read by Nicholas Clifford
11 - The Valley of Humiliation 26:21 Read by Nicholas Clifford
12 - I Become a Combatant Once More 33:27 Read by Nicholas Clifford
13 - The Adventure of the Picardy Chateau 29:05 Read by Nicholas Clifford
14 - Mr. Blenkiron Discourses on Love and War 48:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford
15 - St. Anton 38:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford
16 - I Lie on a Hard Bed 27:45 Read by Nicholas Clifford
17 - The Col of the Swallows 34:11 Read by Nicholas Clifford
18 - The Underground Railway 23:16 Read by Nicholas Clifford
19 - The Cage of the Wild Birds 19:53 Read by Nicholas Clifford
20 - The Storm Breaks in the West 33:44 Read by Nicholas Clifford
21 - How an Exile Returned to His Own People 46:46 Read by Nicholas Clifford
22 - The Summons Comes for Mr. Standfast 26:25 Read by Nicholas Clifford

Reviews

(5 stars)

A rip roaring tale beautifully read.

Best John Buchan novel of all!

(5 stars)

This makes the fourth Buchan book I have listened to, and it is by far the best. The story line is clear and the characters are very well defined and made more human. I thought there seemed to be more emotion put into these characters than in any of the other books. The reader did a fine job, pleasant voice, great pace, and excellent pronunciation of the foreign words. The loyalty and affection Hannay and Peter had for one another was what made this story so touching all the way to the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

Mr. Standfast

(5 stars)

Well read; Excellent story (3rd in the series). Stands on it's own; detailed sketches of life from roaming Scotland to the Alp regions of Italy and Switzerland to the harrowing mental anguish of the French located trench warfare; with a love story intertwined and the intrigue of a spy story. Ending in a bitter sweet finale. Thanks!

Mr. Standfast by Joihn Buchan. Read by Nicholas Clifford

(5 stars)

Exciting story. Very well read by Nicholas Clifford who did real justice to the non-English languages. Most readers would have oiver-anglucised the French and German. Mr Clifford paid proper tribute to them both. The pace was good and the voice pitch easy on the ear.

Mr. Standfast

(5 stars)

I enjoyed this tremendously. An excellent single narrator who could easily have been the character "Richard Haney". Highly recommend.

(5 stars)

Very well read. Reader brings the story to life. This is also a well written and well edited novel.

(5 stars)

Well read and a compelling story, even better than the earlier books

excellent must listen! !

(5 stars)

well read as usual. Great plot