• The Light of Day

  • Arthur Simpson, Book 1
  • By: Eric Ambler
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (383 ratings)

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The Light of Day

By: Eric Ambler
Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
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Publisher's Summary

Alfred Hitchcock said, "Mr. Ambler is a phenomenon," and Graham Greene referred to him as "our greatest thriller writer". This is an ideal title for introducing listeners to this master. Ambler brilliantly paints realistic portraits of his characters and the foreign landscape, mixing suspense with a subtle twist for added color.

When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with the city and in need of a private driver—in other words, the perfect mark for Simpson’s brand of entrepreneurship. But Harper proves to be more the spider than the fly when he catches Simpson searching his wallet for traveler's checks. Soon Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. When he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey’s notorious prisons. The authorities suspect an attempted coup, but Harper and his gang of international jewel thieves have planned something less sinister but much, much more audacious.

Eric Ambler (1909-1998), a British novelist, is widely considered the father of spy-espionage thrillers. Many of his novels became New York Times best sellers and the basis for motion pictures.

©1962 Eric Ambler (P)1988 Blackstone

Critic Reviews

"Ambler is, quite simply, the best." ( New Yorker)
"Mr. Ambler is phenomenal." (Alfred Hitchcock)
"Ambler brings off this comic thriller with consummate zest." ( New York Times Book Review)

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Tales from number one....

It was a real treat to listen the man who put it all in motion. The man who jump started le Carre,Furst, Forsythe et al....
It was not a bumbling attempt at polishing up a new genre but some fantastic prose: plot, characters, intrigue, noir,
Just take a look at his cannon. Fantastic in depth psychological dissection of modern day cold warriors.

He is a large part of espionage, spy, cloak and you know what..... If you have not read him get ready for a treat.......Rex

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A good yarn.

A good tale well told. I will look for more by this author and reader.

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Charming anti-hero and funny writing

I don't quite remember how I chose this book out of the titles included in my Audible subscription. Spy stories aren't exactly my go to. This ended up being such a fun and pleasant surprise. I laughed out loud and was excited to find out how it ended. Mostly I loved the witty, relatable, flawed main character. Arthur is a character I'll keep thinking about after I've finished. I really recommend this book to anyone looking for a lighthearted and well-written ride.

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good listen

from another era but very enjoyable. interesting characters, locations and era. the story held my interest.

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A masterpiece

One of the best books I’ve read in my life. Sn absolute masterpiece. Narration was also top notch

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Good book but unsatisfying ending

I enjoyed the book, and it kept me listening with rapt attention, but I found the ending unsatisfying and disappointing. It’s worth a credit, but at the end, you may feel the same.

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Don’t waste your time

This book was of such poor quality. The main character was a sniveling petty thief who I couldn’t muster up any empathy for — an anti-hero, but almost nothing redeeming about him. So many parts of the books narrative made no sense to further the plot of the book. The storyline seemed like it had ADHD that was a rambling mess. Then there as the audio narration. It wasn’t the worst I’ve heard, but it was pretty bad. The voice of first person narration was ok, but then when dealing with Greek or Turkish or American characters, the accents were so bad. No human being would talk like they would. Then the storyline itself, which started out ok(ish) devolved soon enough to leave me with a huge case of the “I don’t cares” so that it was hard to focus on the narration.

Don’t waste your time.

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Love me a heist

Although dated, this book was great. A flash back to cold war politics. Then a swerve. A totally believable main character with multiple flaws. OUTSTANDING!

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A fantastic book

A really great book that I found paralleled my life in such outstanding and relatable ways. This book is maturative and I highly recommend this book.

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Boring

Story was weak and disinteresting. Narrative was monotone. The Light of Day never dawned for me. After listening many hours I had no idea what was the point of the story. I finally gave up. A total waste of time.