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Summary

November 2009. Sergei Magnitsky is led to an isolation cell in a Moscow prison and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million in taxes. Magnitsky’s brutal killing has remained uninvestigated to this day.

Red Notice is a searing exposé of the Russian authorities responsible for the murder, slicing deep into the heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

©2015 Hermitage Media Limited (P)2015 Recorded Books Inc

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"Reads like a classic thriller, with an everyman hero alone and in danger in a hostile foreign city...but it’s all true, and it’s a story that needs to be told." (Lee Child)

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Bare with it and it will provide.

I must say that about half way through I really considered leaving this book unfinished. And only the fact that I don't usually do that made me continue. In the beginning I thouhht this guy so full of himself. The book was like an autobiography of a grown child. I did this, I dealt with that guy. He was part of a group of scavangers who did all they could to extract as much money as possible from the countries from the fallen Soviet Union. And he somehow tried to show us how bad the russians were, how loose their women were, how bad their leaders were and so on. The hipocracy was palpable. And yet, when Sergei Magnitski comes in the story picks up. From the on it was amazing, in a terrible way. The story itself is hearthbreaking and full of twists. Kudos to Browder for keeping up the fight and sticking to his beliefs that something must be done. It's worth finishing it. And it has plenty of insides of how the post-Soviet Russia operated in some areas.

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Very well written

I never thought I would feel an ounce of compassion for either lawyers or financiers but I was wrong. This is a 'can't put down' listen.
If only half of it is true then I am afraid it is a shockingly sad indictment of government cruelty.
Excellent narration by Adam Grupper.

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Reads like a crime thriller

This book reads as if was a fictional crime novel but it's one of the hardest hitting pieces of non-fiction you'll ever read (listen to). The stories of corruption and personal accounts of those fighting it are so moving it brings tears to the eyes.

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A must listen

absolutely shocking the level of corruption in 'modern' day Russia. This audiobook details state sponsored theft in alarming detail, naming the individuals responsible for murder, embezzlement and corruption. I hope some day there will justice.

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Amazement, disbelief and tears

This book is one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time, and far more than just a biography. The background information about how the banking system and investment funds work is fascinating, and the insight into the Russian way of 'banking' and politics is eye-opening and downright scary. Disbelief and amazement describe this part of the book. The personal story of the author and his fight for justice for his friend, and his achievements in this fight were what made me cry on several occasions. I am glad that I bought the audible version of the book, as I particularly enjoyed listening to Bill Browder himself reading out the last chapter. It made the whole experience of the book far more personal. All in all I would say this is a must-read for anybody who is interested in our modern world of finance and politics, as it gives an insight to what goes on behind the scenes, and it also shows what one man with determination and perseverance can achieve.

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Share this story with as many people as you can

A genuinely moving true story of how a corrupt regime will go to any length to steal money and undermine judicial systems to cover it up and murder a very brave man who would not be intimidated to change his testimony to suit their purposes.

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No Russian Spy Novel Can Match This

Exciting, Surprising, devastating AND hopeful. A must-read. A twisted tale simply written. Style is visual without being flowery- perfect for audible. And they cast exactly the right voiceover guy . You will stop what you’re doing as you listen. Your heart starts beating faster and yet you can’t move until you find out what happens next. And because it’s true, you will cry. And then you’ll share it with a friend. Because you will want other people to know what you’ve just experienced.

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Mind-blowingly shocking

An extraordinary story of courage against a corrupt regime making the author's life a nightmare. From the Panama papers book I knew that Putin had amassed a huge fortune to make himself the richest man in the world, but not the sheer extent of the corruption in Russia that encompasses the police, government officials and the legal system and the ruthless lengths that so many were (and probably still are) willing to go to cover up their fraudulent activities. It's so sad that the optimism of the late 1980s when the Berlin fell and Russian appeared to be becoming a democracy that the countries natural wealth was plundered by a few leaving the ordinary people poorer. I felt outraged by the helplessness of people trying to do the right thing and fight the corruption but were relentlessly harried, imprisoned, tortured and some killed by a state system rotten to the core that even pursued their victims in other countries as we know only too well in the UK will Russian dissidents murdered on out streets. The author ends the book with a shocking statement: that if he is murdered we'll know who did it.

What's so troubling is the helplessness of ordinary people to stop those in power if the latter as hellbent on a self-serving agenda. I used to think that this would be impossible in the UK, but I'm not so sure in the light of recent events.

The narrator does a fine job.

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Shows Putin and his ilk's corruption beyond belief

Where does Red Notice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top.

What other book might you compare Red Notice to, and why?

Can't think of any.

Which character – as performed by Adam Grupper – was your favourite?

All good.... well read.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, good to delve in and out. Quite a lot to take in.

Any additional comments?

A must read..... intriguing, a world of Russian corruption.

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The best audiobook I've ever heard

An incredibly interesting and deeply moving story that often left me sat in the car

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  • little rock
  • 06-05-18

Wow!

That’s probably all I need to say. Even if you think you know something of Russian dirty tricks this book is a must read

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  • 23-11-18

History

This book is extremely informative and its history is still alive. Our recent story from a privileged point of view.

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  • 16-10-21

Thrillingly accurate!

To me, as a citizen of ex soviet Bulgaria, this book spoke true and deep. The aftermath of communist rule is very well captured in the peculiarities of everyday behaviour of Russians and how state officials exercise and monetise on their governmental duties.

Respect and admiration for the courageous spirit of Sergei Magnitsky, the author and everyone involved!

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  • 05-04-21

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Mr. Browder

I have seen a lot of Batman, Superman, Spiderman and co.
but you are the 1st superhero I know.
Thank you for being the human we all aspire to be.

Malcolm

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  • 07-03-21

Excellent

Highly recommended, reads like a thriller, spy novel but is true and still on going today.

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  • Stephen Schoenberg
  • 10-01-21

Surprisingly riviting

The story might sound like something only an MBA would want to read, but it is much more compelling and taught than any business book. There is also much to be learned about the legal and legislative systems of several countries, but Browder is not lecturing, he is discovering and bringing us along. Overall, well-written and well-read. Reading the book in 2021, however, a new epilogue is needed. The Magnitsky Act was central to the Trump presidency. Even before inauguration, Trump signaled to Russia that he wanted to kill the Magnitsky Act. The infamous Trump Tower meeting was very much about Magnitsky, and the Senator that Trump hated most was John McCain, a sponsor of the Magnitsky Act.

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  • 02-12-20

Awesome story

Bill writes very clear and makes listening to the book fun. It’s a biography of a man that goes to Russia gets rich and fights the big man, what more do you want.

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  • 17-11-20

Riveting

I recommend this book to everyone who enjoyed Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. The story of how Bill Browder went about creating His Private Fund Investment firm is riveting. The latter part of the book deals with the torture and murder of Mr Browder’s Tax Lawyer in Russia and his unceasing efforts to achieve justice for that murder; incredibly sad and equally riveting.
Very well written and narrated

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  • 28-01-20

unbelievable

Considering what happened throughout this book its hard to say that I loved it. Im struggling to wrap my head around everything that happened.

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  • Tebogo Moalusi
  • 23-07-19

Exceptional reading/listening experience

An amazing story. Powerful account of history. Beautiful language. Audible is very well narrated. My Best audiobook so far.