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The Russia House

Narrated by: Michael Jayston
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is the third summer of perestroika. Niki Landau, philanderer and travelling rep, attends the first Moscow audio fair and is asked by beautiful young Katya to take a parcel back to England.

It’s addressed to Barley Blair, jazz-player and drinker, and contains information vital to the defence of the West. But times and heroes are changing. And Barley Blair is a man who makes his own rules of engagement.

©2010 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Enjoyable listening

I enjoyed listening to this book the narrator was very pleasant to listen too the story was well written I would recommend it

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Pointless

I am a Le Carre' fan but this one is such a waste of time. I think the author must have been in a different place. There is no direction and because the text books are bogus, no relevance

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  • Peter
  • 21-06-2011

Perfect voice for the master's stories

John Le Carre writes quite amazing stories - about flawed innocents with pure intentions caught up in the mendacities of the real word. There is something about Michael Jayston's voice, the slightly jaded world-weariness, that makes it quite the perfect vehicle for Le Carre's writing.

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  • MR DAVID I SUTTON
  • 18-01-2018

Well read in a strong believable voice.

The ending is different to the film adaptation, which I believe is better because your mind makes its own predictions of the outcome, which I'm finding aren't quite as nice.

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  • Richard
  • 28-07-2018

Story is too slow for my liking

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I enjoyed Le Carré's descriptions of people and their actions ; the narrator was good, using different voices for different characters.
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I found the story very slow - I tuned out sometimes but didn't seem to have missed anything when I started to pay attention again.

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  • Vicuña
  • 16-07-2018

Another masterpiece

The narration is outstanding. Balanced,convincing totally plausible. Really adds to the story.
This is not an action packed adventure. It’s far better, it explores relevant world tensions, good v bad, stereotypes, it’s packed with suspense leaving the reader unsure whose narrative is reliable. A real feel for the vagaries of Cold War espionage in recent years. Le Carré delivers another compelling insight into the murky workings of the world.

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  • Nike
  • 20-06-2018

Fascinating description of Spy life

Really well written More complex than his previous books. Thank you Mr Cornwall i really enjoyed it

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  • EAMONN MCCALLION
  • 21-02-2019

Not the usual Le Carre standard

Most Le Carre books are riveting but sadly this one didn’t capture my attention like the others. It’s a reasonable story and don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book, but you would be better served selecting another Le Carre book.

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  • Noel Austin
  • 15-01-2019

Another Le Carre cracker

I read it when it was first published, and have just listened to it. I will listen to it again, several times. As well as being a great story, it is an interesting commentary on the politics of our day.

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  • peter
  • 17-03-2013

HOPE NEVER DIES....

In the best tradition and under the cover of hide-and-seek, it's a hunting love story, resembling a Russian folktale, which offers a rare and enthralling spectacle: the resurrection of buried hopes. The novel is reserved, but still full of potent surprises, 24 years after its publication. This could hardly be said about the global political system, which inspired its conception. We were full of hopes then. Many of us disenchanted of what has transpired since. The work is a great example of fine literature may outlive reality that has gone to the dogs.

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  • Raven Mad
  • 10-01-2019

CONSUMMATE

John Le Carré at his very best. Beautifully read by Michael Jayston. Had me so entranced I missed my turning from the motorway!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-09-2018

Superb<br />

Le Carré writing , the best.
Michael Jayston's narration unbelievably good, with so many characters to portray, it never faulters.

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