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The Holy Thief Audiobook

The Holy Thief

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Publisher's Summary

It's Moscow, 1936 and Stalin's Great Terror is beginning.

In a deconsecrated Church, a young woman is found dead, her mutilated body displayed on the altar for all to see. Captain Alexei Dimitrevich Korolev of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Militia, is asked to investigate. But when he discovers that the victim is an American citizen, the NKVD - the most feared organisation in Russia - becomes involved.

As more bodies are discovered and the pressure from above builds, Korolev begins to question who he can trust; and who, in this Russia where fear, uncertainty and hunger prevails, are the real criminals. Soon, Korolev will find not only his moral and political ideals threatened, but also his life....

©2010 William Ryan (P)2014 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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    Mr Rupert Seymour Stromness, United Kingdom 21/10/2014
    Mr Rupert Seymour Stromness, United Kingdom 21/10/2014

    A story addicted curmudgeon swimming in a sea of wonderfully crafted words.

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    "Loyalty vs Greed vs Corruption"
    What did you like most about The Holy Thief?

    To shred a good story into pieces would be an abuse so there was no one bit but an enthralling wholeness to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Holy Thief?

    The final interrogation


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to most of Sean Barratt's readings and along with Geoff Harding's works they are all utterly splendid. He has a voices for characters that resonate with authority and that give a sense gravitas to moments of tension.


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

    Laugh or cry ... oh please this was a story set in Stalin's Russia where people disappeared, where petty officials could denounce you, where a 1984 atmosphere and a midnight knock could make you and your family disappear. No laughs, no crying but a need to pay attention and form pictures of the greyness of it all.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Dublin, Ireland 29/01/2015
    Marie Dublin, Ireland 29/01/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant"
    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    I think this has to be the absolute best narration ever by far by anyone. Sean Barret has surpassed even himself on this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Well written. Great story. Very atmospheric. Good characterisation. No waffle or padding. Superb narration. What more could you ask for in this genre.

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    Jane 13/07/2015
    Jane 13/07/2015
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    "Hard to follow."

    Sean Barrett's narration excellent as always, but I found the story hard to follow and had trouble differentiating the different characters - I tend to listen to audio books whilst carrying out various mundane tasks, but would have needed to concentrate fully to hold the plot.

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    Grumpy Scot London, uk 03/05/2015
    Grumpy Scot London, uk 03/05/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "intelligent and moving"

    knowing nothing about the Russian secret police of the 1930's, I nevertheless found the story intriguing and accessible.

    The characters were well developed and I cared about them. I recommend this book and the excellent audible reader.

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    Tommy 18/07/2015
    Tommy 18/07/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly enjoyable"

    Believable characters, sound plot, well paced, excellent historical background all contributed to a compulsive read.

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    Patricia 05/04/2015
    Patricia 05/04/2015
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    "Bit confusing in places!"

    Very interesting political background of 1936 Soviet Union and the main character is sympathetic but I got lost at times with the use of Russian patronymic names. I might have done better with reading it off the page but I always enjoy Sean Barrett's narration, which was as superb as ever.

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