Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, Game, Set, and Match, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin.
He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. 'Brahms Four' was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. There was only one Englishman he trusted any more: someone from the old days.So they decided to put Bernard Samson back into the field after five sedentary years of flying a desk. The field is Berlin.
The game is as baffling, treacherous and lethal as ever.
©2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2010 Len Deighton
"Deighton's best novel to date - sharp, witty and sour, like Raymond Chandler adapted to British gloom and the multiple betrayals of the private spy" (Observer)
"Sheer consistent rightness page after page after page" (The Times)
"Virtuoso top level performance" (Guardian)
"A masterly performance, the best thing Deighton has done since SS-GB" (Sunday Times)
Given that this book is 30 years old, you are probably only reading this if you are a fan, or want to revisit the novel in audible format. Well the news is good, a it is still as good as the first time you read it.
Lailey does a great job of reading this story. For me his voice fits Samson wonderfully and he can actually read what it put in front of him and make it sound convincing. His performance in this story is up there with a Longworth or a Rintoul.
There are a few wonderful moments that brought a smile to my face.
The first of three of three (1) Game, Set, Match (2) Hook, Line, Sinker (3) Faith, Hope, Charity, hopefully audible will see sense and release all 9, or at the bareset minimum the first three, because although the story is compartmentalised it is best as a trilogy.
nostalgia for the cold war and Len Deighton, possibly overlooked in favour of Le Carre, but this is a terrific story from a true polymath writer
I think he sort of impersonates Michael Caine in a subtle way and it works !
no. I prefer my audiobooks in hourly doses of joy in my busy day
I even really enjoyed the author's note (much later) at the end.
I had forgotten just how good a writer Len Deighton is. In my view he is a much better read than Le Carre. The stories are compelling and utterly addictive, the characters are well drawn and sympathetic and he avoids Le Carre's distracting historical and political diversions. The books are brilliantly read by James Lailey. Once started on Berlin Game you are locked into the whole 9 volumes. I can't wait for the remaining volumes in the series.
A brilliant story well read.
It's well written, exciting and has subtlety and humour.
The reading is excellent. I have only heard James Lailey read other Len Deighton books. In the Ipcress File and Horse Under Water he uses a hint of Michael Caine which is entertaining. This one is more straightforward.
A more then plausible plot in a period I remember so well.... ... ... ..
Living in rural tranquility in France. I read everything except readers' l o n g reviews of books.
I was one of Deighton's cult following in the 80's, eagerly awaiting his next Bernard Samson novels. Experience has shown that revisiting past books can be very disappointing . Not so here. Real page turn.
Pre dating La Carre and a little more accessible I think. Good writing, interesting well constructed characters and a fine narration. Loved it and heading for Set and Match and . . . Hook, Line,Sinker and . . . . . Faith . . . .
A classic 70's / 80's cold war thriller - a good balance between complexity and simplicity. I liked Bernard as a character - distinct from LDs other famous spy "Harry Palmer". Some nice satirical swipes at the Oxbridge establishment, too.
Yes, he's an underrated author
When the Stasi were trying to track the protagonists down - some real tension
"The first book in a brilliant Cold War spy series"
Yes, given the masterful narration that captures the nuances of British class differences and the German of the Berlin characters.
Bernard and Werner remembering their schoolboy days in the ruins of Berlin post WW II. And, inevitably the dramatic scene where Bernard at last confronts the traitor within his unit.
"Trust no one"
This is the opening volume of a nine book series featuring British agent Bernard Sampson, collectively the greatest set of spy novels ever written. I hope that Audible will quickly produce the next eight so that a new generation of listeners can enjoy these great books. Highly recommended.
"Excellent SPY Drama, perfectly read"
Absolutely. And I just did.
One of the better readers and audiobooks available. Great story, compelling and believable characters and a THEME that is timeless - Individualism. Something that both political parties in the US and England have forgotten. But with the rise of Russian totalitarianism and Islamic terrorism...well...this book is a must read.
The ending. Which will we not disclose as other have done on audible. What a silly question to ask.
Like John Le Carre but more sarcastic, witty, not quite as heavy handed or brilliant but thankfully, superior in philosophical outlook as compared with Le Carre's recent ideological turn.
"Typical Soviet-era British espionage thriller"
This British espionage thriller released in 1983 is typical of the novels by John le Carré and Lee Deighton. Berlin Game is the first in the Bernard Samson series written by Deighton. It is quite good, but is very dated. With so many contemporary and topical espionage thrillers being released today I see little reason to be interested in such authors as le Carré and Deighton: their novels are excellent but are not classics.
"Spy stories for mature audiences"
After reading 'Spy Line' by the same author, I wish there was an option to listen to more books written by Len Deighton. In the world of "written books", the stunning abundance and over supply, results in "mass production & mediocrity", thus making the author of these books a delightful find. Highly recommended.
"Must listen for those who love Berlin and the Cold War"
I have read and listen to the Game Set Match series multiple times and even when I know the plot I delight in the construction and details of the characters and story. This may be too slow for some but I find that its rich setting and characters part too quickly. Recommended!
"Deighton is the Master Spy."
My favorite book and I own all of the Bernard Samson's books. You can almost be in Berlin seeing it as it was before the wall came tumbling down.
"Great Book - don't get hooked"
This is a great production of a great spy book. I really enjoyed it having read the books many years ago.
Just don't get hooked. Due to the stupid publishing rules you can't buy the rest of the trilogy Mexico Set and London Match.
Just as stupidly you can buy one or two books from the follow up trilogies, but not the complete set. I would willingly buy them. I'm just disappointed that Audible allows only a sampling of some classic British spy novels.
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