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A dying man recounts the story of the most amazing person he has ever met: a brilliant Soviet linguist, whom he knew as Youriko. It is a tale of love, daring-do, spies, and danger set in Japan, Germany, Turkey, the USA, Canada, and the UK, but mostly in the Soviet Union of the 70s.

Two girls, born thousands of miles apart in Kazakhstan and Japan just after World War II, meet and are like peas in a pod. They also get on like sisters and keep n touch for the rest of their lives.
However, one wants to help her battle-scarred country and the other wants to leave hers for the West. They dream up a daring, dangerous plan to achieve both goals, which Andropov, the chief of the Soviet KGB, is told about. He dubs it "Operation Youriko", and it is set in motion, but does it have even the remotest chance of success?

Andropov’s Cuckoo is based on a true story related to the author by one of the protagonists.

©2016 Owen Jones (P)2018 Owen Jones

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Good Book By Good Author

What a masterpiece from Owen jones! I am very much sure this book is going to be an explorer. The part I liked most about the story is it is filled with innocent fun of juvenile life and an eternal relation between two people.

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Wonderful book!

Yes,the story has a slow start!But you have to wait until the climax.A tough life of Yourik who fought hard to get what she wants.As it is a true story we all have something to learn from it.Splendid work from Owen jones!


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Great Fantasy book

Really good audio book, a friend if mine recommend it to me years ago and I kept putting it off until now. Take my advice and don't wait, great book for a young adult or a adult. Great narration, great story, and heartwarming

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Very good listen

This is an amusing story of conspiracy. I was totally shocked after I had finished it.The audiobook is very conventional and will easily drag anyone's attention! I have a very good feeling about the book. Thanks to Owen jones

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favorite story.

Our heroine Youriko learns us a great lesson of bearings and survival.She made a decision to abandon her parents life and go to West for living freely.The charitable narrator tries to focus on every part of her life as it has become one of my favorite story.

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Great book!

This audiobook will make you remind of the proverb that "sometimes real life is more thrilling than storybooks and movies".Andropov's cuckoo is a true based story. Great explanation by the writer.

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Better Story

This story is a hell of thrill and mystery. I would definitely recommend it to the young generation readers. It is one other stories that increase your knowledge about the world. Looking forward to more from Owen jones.

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Really good

The story tells after war situation of Soviet Union. As a As it is based on a true story It has dragged my attention. It also tells a lot about Russian secrets agency at the 70's.I found it too much informative. Thanks to Owen jones.

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Joss

Nothing much to say.Splendid!!!
Readers of any generation will definately love it. A girl who survives giving away all her deteination and spirit.The story consists of drama, thrill and survival.Jone is a great writer.

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very emotional

This audiobook is very emotional. Anyone who is interested in history of Soviet Union will definitely find this interesting. The author has made every spot so much pure that while reading i felt everything was happening in front of my eyes. So much adorable story.

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  • Dr. William Hill
  • 27-09-18

Incredible listen!

When it started I found it a little slow, but truly this was an amazing listen! More incredible is the knowledge at the end that the story is true. Definitely not what I expected, and outside of my normal choice of literature, but I am so glad to have heard it. The reader is fantastic, from his articulation to his voices, and everything inbetween. I hope more books like this one come out soon. I will definitely watch for both Owen Jones and James Hill. If Yoriko is still alive, I hope she hears this story too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-21

Very Interesting

This story was really well documented which provides a very well written book with a lot of details. Coming myself from a background in astronomy and infosec this book checked all the boxes for me. Highly recommended!

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  • Shoppermom
  • 13-01-20

A unique story from a now-gone world

I requested and received a copy of this audiobook from the author because I was intrigued by the subject matter. The Soviet Union is gone, Andropov is forgotten in the west, and our current political leaders seem to see ex-KGB functionaries as BFFs. I found this story captivating, however, and my interest was continually piqued by the ever-changing events in the life of the primary protagonist (whose name changes frequently throughout the novel!). Supposedly based on true events related to the author many years ago, the details nevertheless seem a bit incredible - particularly the linguistic genius and the physical similarities between two young women growing up in different countries in the 60s and 70s. But if you're willing to buy into the improbable, the story is fascinating and more than a bit heart-wrenching. Having studied the Soviet Union, I nevertheless felt there were probably ideas and details in this story that even the most serious scholars might not have known. I'm glad I listened to Andropov's Cuckoo, although I didn't feel the narrator did the story justice. His female intonation was more annoying that spot-on, and I don't know why a female narrator wasn't chosen. He also mangled many of the Russian phrases, particularly at the end of the story - so either have a native speaker say them or leave them out of the narration. But overall I'm happy I listened and intend to look up more of the author's work - and there seems to be a lot to choose from!

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  • Tim Little
  • 24-04-21

Excellence personified!!

What a gripping, heart wrenching, historical romance! It is one of the best written books I have experienced in years. The narration was brilliant as well with the performance enhancing the story rather than distracting from it. I listened to the book twice already and am sure I will again.

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  • Lillian Durst
  • 17-02-21

Loved it!

The thing I mostly like about Owen Jones is when he writes a fictional story everything seems to to true yet when he writes a true-based story everything seems Fictional.Great great love for the author.

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  • Alex Schaffer
  • 16-02-21

Fabulous!

Fabulous! Great collection from Owen jones. Youriko as a KGB agent makes her dream comes TRUE of leaving Soviet Union and live in America. This is a compulsive readable audiobook whis is gonna get you sad.

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  • Barry Mathias
  • 16-02-21

True story

What is it you want from a audiobook? Here is my opinion -Grab every word of it if it is a true story. But I'm sure you will find more than that in this book. I found it as a book of highest interest in terms of elaboration. Salute to Owen jones

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  • Millie Geise
  • 16-02-21

Awesome audible book!

This audiobook will make you remind of the proverb that "sometimes real life is more thrilling than storybooks and movies".Andropov's cuckoo is a true based story.Great explanation by the writer.

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  • Guadalupe Treadway
  • 15-02-21

Owen jones is my favorite

Is it a true story? Well, yes it is. The best part of this book is how two people from different countries and different culture can make it as one person. As if they are same souls in different bodies. Owen jones is my favorite.

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  • Karon Allen
  • 15-02-21

Youriko is the rolling Character of the story.She

Youriko is the rolling Character of the story. She has made an way that seems aost impossible for her journey to west. Easing all the troubles how she moved forward that's the interesting part of the audiobook