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The Russia House Audiobook

The Russia House

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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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    Peter Bristol, United Kingdom 21/06/2011
    Peter Bristol, United Kingdom 21/06/2011 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    peter Szentendre, Hungary 17/03/2013
    peter Szentendre, Hungary 17/03/2013
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Incompertus Cumbria, UK 14/11/2014
    Incompertus Cumbria, UK 14/11/2014 Listener Since 2005
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    "Not one of le Carre's best"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Weak plot and too much padding makes this no more than two stars.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Jayston?

    The narrator uses a whisper, particularly with female voices, so it can be difficult to follow without the text or by adjusting the volume.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Russia House?

    Most chapters could have sections removed without affecting the weak plot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is really a short storey expanded into a too long novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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