The Quiet American

Version: Unabridged
Author: Graham Greene
Narrator: Joseph Porter
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction, Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: February 2003
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 41 minutes
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Alden Pyle, an idealistic young American, is sent to Vietnam to promote democracy amidst the intrigue and violence of the French war with the Vietminh. His friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, looks on but soon finds it difficult to remain simply an observer. Fowler’s mistress, a beautiful native girl, creates a catalyst for jealousy and competition between the men and a cultural clash resulting in bloodshed and deep misgivings.

Written in 1955 prior to the Vietnam conflict, The Quiet American foreshadows the events leading up to the war. Questions surrounding the moral ambiguity of the involvement of the United States in foreign countries are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago.

Reviews (2)


Written by Jim M on February 1st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I knew the American accent would be bad, but I still wasn't prepared for how bad it was. Alden Pyle is a Harvard grad who grew up in Boston. I don't think the narrator has the foggiest idea of what that means.

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Written by Doug on April 13th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I wonder what people in Great Britain think when they hear this readers American accent. To me, it sounded like a parody of Benny Hill's parody of an American accent. Unlistenable.

Author Details

Author Details

Greene, Graham

Graham Greene, the novelist, served with the Secret Intelligence Service during WWII. Greene died in 1991. Hugh Greene came to prominence as a journalist in Nazi Berlin. After being expelled from Germany just before WWII, he served in the RAF as an interrogator. Greene went on to join the BBC and was made Director-General in 1960. He died in 1987.