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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott.

A banned masterpiece.

1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it.

But in the rest of the world it’s fast becoming a sensation.

Two female spies.

The CIA plans to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.

Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists - the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina - are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary.

A book that changed history.

It will not be easy. There are people willing to die for this book - and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail - as this book has the power to change history.

Sold in 25 countries and poised to become a global literary sensation, Lara Prescott's dazzling first novel about the women in the CIA's typing pool and the fate of Boris Pasternak's banned masterpiece is the most hotly anticipated debut of the year.

©2019 Lara Prescott (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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I loved this story such a great read I struggled to put it down I highly recommend it.

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Slow start but worth it.

Great book! Slow start but persevere it is totally and completely worth it. Performances by the readers also great!

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Fantastic!

Amazing book, so well researched, written and performed. Don’t miss this. Now to read Zhivago!

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Really enjoyed this book!

I thought this story was very interesting and we'll written. Loved hearing the story unfold across the two different sets of characters.

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Loved the characters and how the story switched between them. Fantastic performance. Great listen.

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  • Judith Coulson-Geissmann
  • 21-05-2020

Excellent and very tragic

Not sure who said that Russian stories have to be tragic. This is one of the books this year that caused many very diverse emotions and did contribute a piece of history knowledge I did go and fact check :-) One of my favorite this year.

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  • Cagriff
  • 18-03-2020

Not morish

really struggled to finish this book. in the beginning, I found it a little hard to follow... the whole book was just ups and downs of being interesting vs not....then became a lot about sexual preference and the other sub stories were just depressing. wouldnt recommend or miss.

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  • 16-11-2019

So good, such a good listen.

About the story of Zhivago that so many of us know, but is it true? A rare very good listen that is enhanced by different voices playing the various characters. Just loved it.

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  • H Bingham
  • 24-01-2021

Jumps about

I found this book difficult to get in to as it jumps about a lot. The story in the east pulled me in but I found it all quite disjointed. It’s set in an interesting era and has left me wanting to research some of the historical facts mentioned in the various story lines.

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