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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal Audiobook

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

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Publisher's Summary

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor, and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

This is a story of intimate duplicity; of loyalty, trust and treachery, class and conscience; of an ideological battle waged by men with cut-glass accents and well-made suits in the comfortable clubs and restaurants of London and Washington; of male friendships forged, and then systematically betrayed.

©2014 Ben Macintyre (P)2014 Soundings

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    Pippa Lamb 14/10/2014
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    "Retold with Gripping Narrative"

    A true story, one most people are familiar with, but still the level of deceipt and national betrayal so very shocking. Brilliantly retold.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Trebor 16/01/2016
    Trebor 16/01/2016

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    "Brilliant"

    A superb reader. He captures exactly the feeling of the time.
    Great story, of course I love spy stories especially true ones.
    It was a shame to finish it.
    Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dannunzio19 30/11/2014
    dannunzio19 30/11/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Utterly brilliant"

    A fantastic retelling of the Philby story with special focus on his friendship with Elliot. The Cambridge spies narrative is pushed through fairly quickly but what follows is better still. Philby's betrayal is complete but the human element is emphasised here with the betrayal of his friends. You will certainly enjoy this if you have enjoyed the author's other works but I find it hard to think of anyone who would not love this. The

    The superb narration completes a fine package. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bookaholic Cornwall,UK 02/07/2015
    Bookaholic Cornwall,UK 02/07/2015 Member Since 2017

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    "Gripping!"

    Superbly written and read. Well worth listening to. Captured the Cold War period and the personalities beautifully

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    David 22/06/2015
    David 22/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    Best book I have listened too
    And to think it's a true story just makes it more captivating.

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    Boobie 12/05/2017
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    Great story, well told. Explained how such a spy could get away with it for so long.

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    Jamie 13/03/2017
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    An amazing tale of how one of "Us!" turned out to be one of "them!"

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    Bel 04/03/2017
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    "Fascinating Read"
    Would you listen to A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal again? Why?

    Yes and I would strongly recommend it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal?

    Too many really, but will single out the ease with which the Establishment threw George Blake to the wolves because he was not "One of Us".


    What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

    Very well read. Pleasant voice to listen to and a good intelligent delivery.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Disgust at how the Establishment is prepared to protect its own. The Secret Service is just one long booze up with the 'right people' at the 'right clubs'.


    Any additional comments?

    An insight into how class ridden UK power base really is. For heaven sake do come from the "right school & class".

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    Mrs. K. Wilson Cumbria 14/01/2017
    Mrs. K. Wilson Cumbria 14/01/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "Compelling mix of history & conjecture"

    Love Ben Macintyre books. This was read beautifully, and worked well on audio (wasn't sure if it would or not). Fascinating slice of spy history, with author's ability to weave drama into the more sketchy bits. Brilliant. Off to find another to listen to

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    matt 11/12/2016
    matt 11/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    not the normal Ben macintyer but still worth a listen. the story jumps back and forth following people through history. the detail as always is incredible

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    09/03/16
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    "Riveting!"
    What did you love best about A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal?

    All of it. What more can one say!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal?

    The whole book!


    Which character – as performed by Michael Tudor Barnes – was your favorite?

    All of them!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend more like this, please!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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