Greenmantle (Version 2)

Read by Tom Weiss

(4.5 stars; 130 reviews)

Greenmantle is the second of five Richard Hannay novels by John Buchan, first published in 1916 by Hodder & Stoughton, London. It is one of two Hannay novels set during the First World War, the other being Mr Standfast (1919); Hannay’s first and best-known adventure, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), is set in the period immediately before the war started. – Hannay is called in to investigate rumours of an uprising in the Muslim world, and undertakes a perilous journey through enemy territory to meet up with his friend Sandy in Constantinople. Once there, he and his friends must thwart the Germans’ plans to use religion to help them win the war, climaxing at the battle of Erzurum. - Summary by Wikipedia
(9 hr 20 min)


Chapter 1 - A Mission Is Proposed 22:51 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 2 - The Gathering of the Missionaries 32:51 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 3 - Peter Pienaar 24:46 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 4 - Adventures of Two Dutchmen on the Loose 26:58 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 5 - Further Adventures of the Same 27:26 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 6 - The Indiscretions of the Same 30:21 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 7 - Christmastide 28:21 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 8 - The Essen Barges 21:50 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 9 - The Return of the Straggler 24:56 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 10 - The Garden-House of Suliman the Red 19:21 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 11 - The Companions of the Rosy Hours 26:18 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 12 - Four Missionaries See Light in their Mission 20:42 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 13 - I Move in Good Society 25:24 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 14 - The Lady of the Mantilla 23:44 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 15 - An Embarrassed Toilet 28:08 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 16 - The Battered Caravanserai 24:23 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 17 - Trouble by The Waters of Babylon 22:18 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 18 - Sparrows on the Housetops 22:14 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 19 - Greenmantle 19:57 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 20 - Peter Pienaar Goes to the Wars 30:17 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 21 - The Little Hill 32:45 Read by Tom Weiss
Chapter 22 - The Guns of the North 25:02 Read by Tom Weiss



(5 stars)

Great read. Fun intriguing suspenseful character rich with detailed backdrop to Central Europe through to Constantinople . Enjoyable yarn with good climax. Thanks!

(4.5 stars)

Enjoyable sequel in the Hannah series to The 39 Steps. Thanks to the reader for taking it on & his fine accomplishment.

Very good!

(5 stars)

The first time I listened to this series I did not like this book as much as the first (The Thirty-Nine Steps) or third books (Mr Standfast) in the series. However, in listening to this series again — and knowing the characters better now (there are actually five books total that feature Richard Hannay, and all but the fourth book are available through Librivox), I appreciated this second book more fully because of the histories and backgrounds and actions of the men featured. Also, this one, like the other John Buchan novels available through Librivox, are wonderfully read.

Worth a Listen

(5 stars)

I’m frankly confused as to why there’s several negative reviews regarding both the book and narration. I did not find the plot hard to keep track of, and also thought the narrator did a fantastic job. It’s a wonderful book and this is my second time listening to it. Four brave men, all very distinct personages, set out to uncover a secret plot that would unite the Muslim world together and possibly affect the outcome of WW1. Lots of adventure and close calls. Well written. Please give it a try and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Good reading, frustrating book

(2 stars)

Tom Weiss did a good job of reading this, although I would have preferred more difference in each character's voice. The story was confusing and overwhelming with the profusion of details and different tangents to the main story. And, the whole premise if the book was the least defined part. In fact, it was so poorly defined and explained, even at the end I wasn't sure what I was supposed to think about the plot line. This was a long and sometimes boring book that left me very frustrated to have endured to the end and still feel like I didn't understand what the book's purpose was.

good reading of a classic pulp WW1 novel

(4 stars)

A fun pulp yarn filled with early modern slang and British nationalist fervour about an actually interesting piece of history -- Germany's WW1-era plot to undermine English colonial possessions in the Middle East by appealing to Islam. The reader is solid and smooth throughout.

Fun to hear

(4.5 stars)

I really enjoyed Greenmantle, if not as much as the 39 Steps. It’s interesting to hear this now-historical fiction of World War I. Mr. Weiss has a pleasant voice, and his narrating is very consistent throughout.

Not what you expect

(3 stars)

A war lovers book. Just a series of episodes about how great it is to be a front line soldier to die in battle instead of all this spy stuff these guys are doing. Disappointed.