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Box 88

Narrated by: Charlie Anson
Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Summary

An organisation that doesn’t exist.

A spy that can’t be caught.

1989. The fall of the Berlin Wall is imminent and the Cold War will soon be over. But for Box 88, a top secret spying agency known only to an inner circle of MI6 and CIA operatives, the espionage game is heating up.

Lachlan Kite, recruited straight from an elite board school, is sent to France – the front line of a new secret war. Kite is tasked with gathering intelligence on a mysterious Iranian businessman implicated in the tragic Lockerbie bombing. But what he uncovers is even more deadly....

2020. MI5 hear rumours of Box 88’s existence and go after Kite – only for Iranian intelligence to get to him first. Taken captive and subjected to torture, Kite is presented with a simple choice: reveal the truth about what happened in France 30 years earlier – or watch his family die.

In a battle unlike anything he has faced before, Kite must use all his skills to stay alive. 

©2020 Charles Cumming (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"BOX 88 is a wonderful spy novel; Charles Cumming’s most ambitious - and his best - yet." (Mick Herron, Sunday Times best-selling author of the Jackson Lamb series)

"Box 88 is so good. Charles Cumming is up there with the very best espionage writers." (Ian Rankin, Sunday Times number one best-selling author of the Rebus novels)

"Great work from Charles Cumming with a multi-layered plotline and an engaging hero." (James Swallow, Sunday Times best-selling author of Nomad)

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Decent novel but careless narration

Anna Karenina is pronounced with the stress on the second syllable not the third; the first syllable of Beauchamp Place rhymes with Beech, not Bow; and John Menzies is pronounced to rhyme with thingies, especially in Scotland .... I found these endless errors very irritating

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Terrible narrator. Endless horrendous pauses

I did not like this book at all. I stuck with it because I love all of Cummings other books, therefore was expecting some pathos or self deprecating hubris. Basically I did not care about south of France holiday and given that the majority of the book was there, it failed For me. The narrator was just awful when reading the main character. Dreadful. I wish I’d believed the other bad reviews because they were right!!!! Avoid listening to this at all costs.

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Narrator lets this down...

I’m a Charles Cummings fan and I think this was shaping up to be good yarn, but I’m afraid I gave up after three chapters. Reading a story is a highly skilled job and I think the author deserved a better narrator on this one. The delivery is as if it’s aimed at nine year olds. Audiobooks are expensive (if you think about it) and we deserve good quality narrators.

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unlikely premise

A secret branch of the secret services - yeah, I know- recruit a teenager to spy on his friend's family. Come on! Silly but strangely quite enjoyable. Read by an earnest sounding first year school teacher, so no marks there. John Le Carre Mr Cummings definitely is not!

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Great story, audio not great.

Really enjoyable spy thriller, but a bit of a shame that there are random pauses in the narration. The dialogue is particularly jumpy. The narrator is very good, great voices and accents.

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Hooked!

Excellent book and probably Charles Cumming’s best yet. Very well paced and detailed and a great concept/story. I really liked the narration too.