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  • The Russia House

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect voice for the master's stories

  • By Peter on 21-06-11

Another Le Carre cracker

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-19

I read it when it was first published, and have just listened to it. I will listen to it again, several times. As well as being a great story, it is an interesting commentary on the politics of our day.

  • Rip Tide

  • A Liz Carlyle Novel
  • By: Stella Rimington
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

When pirates attack a cargo ship off the Somalian coast and one of them is found to be a British-born Pakistani, MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle is brought in to establish how and why a young British Muslim could go missing from his family in Birmingham and end up on board a pirate skiff in the Indian Ocean, armed with a Kalashnikov. After an undercover operative connected to the case turns up dead in a shipping office in Athens it looks like piracy may be the least of the Service’s problems...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By jane p on 01-04-16

another good espionage novel

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-19

Touch of the 007 about this - a lot of action and a rather contrived plot. I prefer John Le Carre.

  • The Geneva Trap

  • By: Stella Rimington
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Geneva, 2012. When a Russian intelligence officer approaches MI5 with vital information about the imminent cyber-sabotage of an Anglo-American Defence programme, he refuses to talk to anyone but Liz Carlyle. But who is he, and what is his connection to the British agent? At a tracking station in Nevada, US Navy officers watch in horror as one of their unmanned drones plummets out of the sky. Is this a Russian plot to disable the West’s defences? Or is the threat coming from elsewhere?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thin plot and implausible scenarios

  • By Don't want one on 20-06-14

Another spy story

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Clearly written by an authority though I found the denouement a bit far fetched. Difficult to put it down, though - I'll listen again.

  • The Night Manager

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

The night manager is Jonathan, a veteran of clandestine operations. In flight from a failed marriage and his own past, he has taken refuge in the luxury hotel trade. Yet he finds no escape from his demons. Driven by a desire for atonement and by an inherited patriotism, Jonathan allows himself to be recruited as a British secret agent with a mission to expose the murderer of the woman he himself betrayed. His odyssey takes him across Britain and Canada to the Caribbean and the jungles of Panama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demands your attention, then rewards

  • By Nils on 07-04-15

Another stunning John Le Carre

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-18

If you're familiar with the later novels, you'll recognise the complexity and the global sweep. I read this when it was first published and have now listened for the first time. Another two or three listens and I'll begin to get my head around it. And Michael Jayson, aka Peter Guillam, Is the perfect choice of narrator.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long and rewarding listen....

  • By Lee on 29-04-15

You think you know Sherlock Holmes?

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-18

I thought I did but there are many stories here that I have never heard before. Genuine Conan Doyle, too, not later imitations.