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Mother, Neighbor, Russian Spy

By: BBC Studios
Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
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  • Summary

  • Cindy Murphy is the early 2000s poster girl for having it all. A top job in finance in Manhattan, two delightful daughters and a house in the suburbs. But Cindy’s life is built on a lie. She’s really a Russian spy sent to live in deep cover in the US and send intel back to Moscow.

    Rosamund Pike narrates this true story documentary about an extraordinary woman who deceives her friends, neighbors, boss and even her children.

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  • Ep 1: Cindy Murphy
    Apr 19 2023

    It’s 1999 and Cindy Murphy is your regular New Jersey mom. Except she’s not. She’s a deep cover spy trained up by Moscow Center to infiltrate the US government.

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    32 mins
  • Ep 2: Make Contacts
    Apr 19 2023

    Working mom Cindy embeds herself in Manhattan life. As she makes friends she works out how they can support her mission.

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    27 mins
  • Ep 3: Homing In
    Apr 19 2023

    Cindy has a second child and becomes a stay-at-home mom, but she’s still a spy. And the FBI are homing in on her.

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    29 mins

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Riveting, jaw-dropping, absolutely extraordinary

Nobody really thinks that spying ended with the end of the Cold War, but we thought things had changed a lot. I'm a big fan of old-school spy fiction, and the true story in this podcast is a match for all the best and sharpest stories, with the added fascination of being very recent. It's the story of a Russian woman who 'embeds' in American life with a false background: she marries another Russian spy and has two children, and they live their very normal US life, close to indistinguishable from their neighbours. But the FBI is on their trail. The story is enthralling, and at points you just can't stop listening because of the need to know what will hapen next. The podcast really looks at what it would mean to be living a double life, and what it would mean for the children. The makers have obtained interviews with many people who were very close to the spies, and the level of research is very impressive. There are some very moving moments concerning people who find out they didn't know their friends at all, but also looking at the way women make friend with other mothers, and what those friendships mean. And there is an interview with one of the sons of the Rosenbergs (the couple executed as spies by the US in the 50s) - the whole podcast would be worth it to hear what he has to say: I felt I didn't move or breathe while he spoke. But the podcast is full of great moments. I defy anyone to start listening and not want to know where it's going... HIghly recommended.

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Yes BUT...

A very good podcast series and well worth listening too. However I also found it rather too full of the American way of seeing the world. So much of what seems to be seen as horrific (eg spying, assassinations) the US has done too. The US is also using spies in the same way as the Russians and others, so I would suggest that while the details are fascinating, I am sure another podcast could be made of American spies who live as Russians in Russia. That too would be interesting to hear.

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Binged It!

Absolutely gripping. Had to binge it over a couple of days.
Rory Stewart's recommendation on his pod made me seek it out.

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A little bit of something different

A fascinating story narrated superbly by Rosamund Pike, with no unnecessary melodrama and plenty of interesting "talking heads". I really enjoyed it. Recommended.

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Loved it!

Best podcast I’ve heard in ages, fascinating story, beautifully detailed & narrated, would definitely recommend wholeheartedly

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The Spies Among Us

An excellent insight into Russian clandestine operations. This is the REAL story behind the TV series 'The Americans".

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Great, interesting

Great, interesting and kept me curious until the end. Great performance and overall experience

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INTERESTING

well put together story that gives us a picture of how a real spy balances both worlds.

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  • 16-06-23

Great one who likes spy stories and documentaries

I enjoyed every second, the sound, the story, and conversations. I spent my Friday listening to it at the office, and it was worth it.

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Very interesting and engaging

I really enjoyed this one. Rosamund like was a fantastic narrator and I learned a lot.

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  • 21-04-23

Fascinating and exciting

Wow, what can I say. This is the most exciting thing I've listened to. A documentary in a form of a perfect spy action movie. I love that it's a woman's perspective story. It makes it very relatable (as if I'm not enough biased).
And for me it's also a view outside the box (the box that has closed recently and luckily I'm not there anymore). The history that happened not so long ago and you remember all the events as if you were part of them. And you even think, guys, I might have some answers. Rosamund Pike is an excellent narrator. Her voice and emotion makes it so much fun.
Enjoy!!!

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  • Alyssa C
  • 03-05-23

From narration to information, perfect

Honestly, I came for the narrator because it feels as if everything Pike touches these days is perfect. The episodes themselves, very interesting. Upsetting in a strange way. I am so grateful to all the witnesses who came out to give an interview.

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  • Betty Macias
  • 19-05-23

Mouth dropping!!

This is such a fantastic story. I was totally hooked from the beginning. Very suspenseful and mouth dropping story. I truly recommend this story to anyone.

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  • 05-05-23

Wonderful

Thank you to the writers, host, and interview participants. I truly enjoyed this podcast and everything about it.

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  • 21-07-23

Excellent podcast!

Such a fascinating narrative and keyhole look into the world of espionage. A very human look.... Definitely a great listen!

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  • 21-05-23

Binge worthy!!!

Loved, loved, loved this. Totally binge worthy! R. Pike as usual, is perfect on her craft!

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  • 20-05-23

So good!

This was recommended by a friend and it was so interesting and well written. Performance was outstanding as well. Worth the listen!

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  • 13-05-23

Outsanding - This is one you'll binge!

"The Americans" was one of my favorite TV shows. This is apparently the real-life story behind the series. Truth is always a better story than fiction. Outstanding writing and performance of a strong story. You'll want to binge all the episodes at once. You can't interrupt this narrative.

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  • pandasteph
  • 23-04-23

Couldn’t stop!

Very interesting story that is told by an amazingly dynamic narrator. I’m looking for more podcasts similar or audiobooks with Miss Pike’s narration.

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  • 29-11-23

Narration and story-telling.

Absolutely engaging! Well-written, paced and read. Very interesting story told in a easy to follow (and hard to stop listening 😀) style. Great interviews and first hand accounts. Would definitely devour more like this!

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