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January 1977. While the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station fills his gas tank, a stranger drops a note into the car. 

In the years that follow, that stranger, Adolf Tolkachev, becomes one of the West’s most valuable spies. At enormous risk Tolkachev and his handlers conduct clandestine meetings across Moscow, using spy cameras, props, and private codes to elude the KGB in its own backyard - until a shocking betrayal puts them all at risk. 

Drawing on previously classified CIA documents and interviews with firsthand participants, The Billion Dollar Spy is a brilliant feat of reporting and a riveting true story from the final years of the Cold War.

©2017 David E. Hoffman (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • David Kirkwood
  • 24-06-2019

Who on Earth is this narrator?

Good book, very interesting no doubt. However this narrator is speaking in broken English and has the most enormous gaps between words and random pauses thrown in the middle of each sentence. It's incredibly off putting, like he's struggling to read the lines. It really ruins it. Play on 1.25 speed if possible to attempt to fix it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-2020

A struggle....

Loved the story, but unfortunately I struggled with the narration...... strange breaks in the reading. Seemed to drag on as the story feels like it was pulled from pillar to post to fill it out a bit. Fascinating story, but didn’t like the presentation.

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  • KateS
  • 11-07-2019

Excellent

So interesting. Do read this alongside the other brilliant account covering UK’s intelligence successes The Spy and the Traitor.

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  • Lucy Duerden
  • 23-07-2019

Meh.

No doubt a thrilling story of event, but the repetition makes the delivery of the story boring. Maybe this was down the narrator?

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  • A. Curtis
  • 17-06-2019

Classic Cold War Thriller

Very detailed book, very well read. There is a lot to learn even for someone who has read a lot of books on this subject. Very real and felt dangerous.

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  • David laird
  • 29-11-2020

Great Story, poor editing

Fascinating warts & all insight into CIA ops in Moscow in the 70s The story of a brave man who was let down in life & whose family were discarded by those who he trusted Better editing would have improved the readability and reduced the repetition.

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  • Stephen Speakman
  • 20-08-2020

First class

Great book and really well read. First time I have given 5 stars in each coloumn.

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  • Robert Hall
  • 01-07-2020

Interesting almost unknown spy

Detailed account of true story of CIA spy in Soviet Union. The story kept me listening. But the reader almost caused me to give up. At times I wondered if the narrator was real or was a computer. Poor intonation, inappropriate pauses, and in places much worse than the directions provided by my satnav.

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  • Thermonuclear
  • 24-03-2020

Espionage history at it's best.

I love this subject and this book is very good at describing the ins and outs of alot of what goes on whilst the CIA runs a high profile agent in the USSR. as the main subject is also little later on in the cold war, it's also little more current than some of the books about espionage that you come across. The side acts are also very famous spies, so I think overall people will enjoy this book as much as I did.

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  • peter
  • 22-11-2019

Riveting

This story was absolutely crazy. Although not a novel the level of research and the way each character was introduced made the book flow. A truly amazing feat or courage.

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