Bernard Samson
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    Winter: A Berlin Family, 1899-1945 | Len Deighton

    Winter: A Berlin Family, 1899-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Epic prelude to the classic spy trilogy Game, Set and Match that follows the fortunes of a German dynasty during two world wars. Winter takes us into a large and complex family drama, into the lives of two German brothers - both born close upon the turn of the century, both so caught up in the currents of history that their story is one with the story of their country, from the Kaiser's heyday through Hitler's rise and fall.

    Good overall

    I thought the story was a little slow in parts but overall a good account of life between WW1 & WW2 for the Winter family. I will definitely be listen..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Rob ()
  • 1
    Berlin Game | Len Deighton

    Berlin Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    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.

    Now I want the rest!

    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 ne..Show More »

    Reviewed on 27 July 2014 by Mark (Evesham, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    Mexico Set | Len Deighton

    Mexico Set

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Long-awaited reissue of the second part of the classic spy trilogy, Game, Set and Match, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. A lot of people had plans for Bernard Samson...When they spotted Erich Stinnes in Mexico City, it was obvious that Bernard Samson was the right man to 'enrol' him. With his domestic life a shambles and his career heading towards disaster, Bernard needed to prove his reliability. and he knew Stinnes already - Bernard had been interrogated by him in East Berlin.

    The master of the spy story
    Reviewed on 13 February 2015 by Mr Tristram Shandy (London, England)
  • 3
    London Match | Len Deighton

    London Match

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Long-awaited reissue of the final part of the classic spy trilogy GAME, SET and MATCH when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. The spy who's in the clear doesn't exist... Bernard Samson hoped they'd put Elvira Miller behind bars. She said she had been stupid, but it didn't cut any ice with Bernard. She was a KGB-trained agent and stupidity was no excuse. There was one troubling thing about Mrs Miller's confession - something about two codewords where there should have been one.

    An uncanny ability to get inside the mind of the intelligence community

    An exceptional novel, beautifully read by James Lailey. Len Deighton has a great understanding of human nature and motivation and has a remarkable gif..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 August 2015 by JT ()
  • 4
    Spy Hook | Len Deighton

    Spy Hook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    The long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, Hook, Line and Sinker, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. Working for the Department was like marriage is supposed to be--"'til death do us part"--but the Department is really not like that, and neither are many marriages, including that of Bernard Samson. The cool and cynical field agent of the Game, Set and Match trilogy has grown older and wiser.

    The master of the spy story
    Reviewed on 13 February 2015 by Mr Tristram Shandy (London, England)
  • 5
    Spy Line | Len Deighton

    Spy Line

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    The long-awaited reissue of the second part of the classic spy trilogy Hook, Line and Sinker, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. Berlin-Kreuzberg: winter 1987. Through these grey streets, many people are hunting for Bernard Samson - London's field agent. He is perhaps the only man who both sides would be equally pleased to be rid of. But for Bernard, the city of his childhood holds innumerable grim hiding places for a spy on the run.

    Next wonder episode in the Bernard Samson saga

    Actually number five in this great series. If you know the series then you know just how good they are. If you don't then I recommend that you start a..Show More »

    Reviewed on 11 September 2016 by Paul D (Normandy, France)
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    Spy Sinker | Len Deighton

    Spy Sinker

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    The long-awaited reissue of the final part of the classic spy trilogy Hook, Line and Sinker, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. Bernard Samson is surrounded by puzzles and none more complex than Fiona, his wife and the mother of his children. But as a mystery, she is by no means alone. Can a man love two women at the same time? Can a man serve two masters? Tessa Kosinski, Bernard's socialite sister-in-law, is not the 'other woman'.

    Resume of 1 to 5 plus ...

    Bernard takes a back seat in this one and we follow the story for others points of view - Bret and Fiona take center stage. Covering all the bits and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 11 September 2016 by Paul D (Normandy, France)
  • 7
    Faith | Len Deighton

    Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the first novel in the classic spy trilogy, Faith, Hope and Charity. Bernard has known that he is not getting the full picture from London Central ever since discovering that his wife, Fiona, was a double agent. Werner Volkmann has been cast out by London Central as untrustworthy. Yet Werner still seems able to pick up information that Bernard should have been told.

    Great story

    Superb characters with the spine of the story getting stronger.

    Only read if you have read all the others before it though....

    Reviewed on 23 September 2015 by Dougie1974 ()
  • 8
    Hope | Len Deighton

    Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the second novel in the classic spy trilogy, Faith, Hope and Charity. Bernard is trying hard to readjust his life in the face of questions about his wife, Fiona, and her defection to the East. Is she the brilliant highflier that her department seems to think she is? Or is she a spent force, a wife and mother unwilling or unable to face her domestic responsibilities?

    James Lailey is absolutely brilliant

    This is a fantastic story, indeed the whole series is, but special credit should go to the narrator James Lailey, whose characterisations, pacing and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 December 2015 by Harriet ()
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    Charity | Len Deighton

    Charity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Lailey
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the final novel in the classic spy trilogy, Faith, Hope and Charity. Bernard continues to chip away at the mystery of his sister-in-law Tessa Kosinski's death in Berlin on the crucial night when his wife, Fiona, was brought out of the East. Fighting to uncover the truth, he must also confront the key relationships in his own life: Fiona is still far from stable now that she has returned to work, and their children remain in the clutches of his wealthy and manipulative father-in-law.

    Final chapter of Bernard

    Great series - three trilogies.
    A round up concentrating largely on the fate of Bernard although room for future books which never did materialise..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 November 2016 by Paul D (Normandy, France)