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    • Diary of a Dead Man on Leave

    • A Novel
    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Paul Woodson, David de Vries
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    In April 1938, a man calling himself Josef Hofmann arrives at a boarding house in Hamm, Germany, and lets a room from the widow who owns it. Fifty years later, Walter Gersdorff, the widow's son, who was 11 years old in the spring of 1938, discovers the carefully hidden diary the boarder had kept during his stay, even though he should never have written any of its contents down. What Walter finds is a scathing chronicle of one the most tumultuous years in German history, narrated by a secret agent on a deadly mission.

    Regular price: £22.49

    • Jack of Spies

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Jack McColl is a globe-trotting salesman for a luxury car firm. He is also a part-time spy for the fledgling Secret Service on the eve of the First World War. As 1913 ends he is in China, checking out the German naval base at Tsingtao between automobile demonstrations in Peking and Shanghai. Caitlin Hanley is a young Irish American journalist with the sort of views that most British men would find dangerously advanced.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Jack of Spies.

    • By JOHN M. on 25-04-17

    Regular price: £34.39

    • Masaryk Station

    • A John Russell Thriller, Book 6
    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    Berlin, early 1948: The city, still occupied by the four Allied powers, still largely in ruins, has become the cockpit of a new Cold War, and as spring unfolds its German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviets enforcing a Western withdrawal. Here, as elsewhere in Europe, the legacies of the War have become entangled in the new Soviet-American conflict, creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties, a paradise for spies. John Russell works for both Stalin’s NKVD and the newly-created CIA. He does as little for either as he can safely get away with.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • having loved David Downing's previous books...

    • By David on 22-03-14

    Regular price: £19.29

    • Stettin Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    In the fall of 1941, Anglo-American journalist John Russell is still living in Berlin, tied to the increasingly alien city by his love for two Berliners: his 14-year-old son, Paul, and his longtime girlfriend, Effi. Forced to work for both German and American intelligence, he's searching for a way out of Germany. Can he escape and take Effi with him?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great series

    • By chris on 15-12-10

    Regular price: £14.99

    • One Man's Flag

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    Spring 1915. Secret service spy Jack McColl is in India, defending the empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, journalist Caitlin Hanley is rebuilding her life after the execution of her brother - an IRA sympathiser whose terrorist plot was foiled by Caitlin's ex-lover, the very same Jack McColl. The First World War is giving fresh impulse to those causes - feminism, socialism and Irish independence - which she has long supported. But the threat of a rising in Dublin alarms McColl's bosses as much as it dazzles Caitlin. If another Irish plot brings them back together, will it be as enemies or lovers?

    Regular price: £16.49

    • Zoo Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent 15 years in Berlin, where his German-born son lives. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as war approaches, he faces the prospect of having to leave his son and his longtime girlfriend.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well plotted and absorbing story

    • By Tom on 30-11-10

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Silesian Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    Summer, 1939. British journalist John Russell has just been granted American citizenship in exchange for agreeing to work for American intelligence when his girlfriend, Effi, is arrested by the Gestapo. Russell hoped his new nationality would let him safely stay in Berlin with Effi and his son, but now he's being blackmailed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Silesian Station

    • By chris on 29-01-10

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Lenin's Roller Coaster

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    The third Jack McColl espionage thriller by David Downing (also the author of the WWII Station series) brings together two lovers in Bolshevik Russia. Winter 1917: As a generation of Europe's young men perish on the Eastern and Western fronts, British spy Jack McColl is assigned a sabotage mission deep in Central Asia, where German influence is strong. As he quickly realizes, the mission only becomes more dangerous the closer he gets to its heart.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The narrator ruined this book.

    • By Rolando on 26-02-19

    Regular price: £26.29

    • The Dark Clouds Shining

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    London, 1921: Ex-Secret Service spy Jack McColl is in prison serving time for assaulting a cop. McColl has been embittered by the Great War. He can't stomach spying for the British Empire anymore. He's also heartbroken. The love of his life, radical journalist Caitlin Hanley, parted ways with him three years earlier so she could offer her services to the Communist revolution in Moscow. Then his former Secret Service boss offers McColl the chance to escape his jail sentence if he takes a dangerous and unofficial assignment in Russia, where McColl is already a wanted man.

    Regular price: £28.89

    • The Red Eagles

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 3

    It's 1945. The Red Army tears through Europe towards Berlin, exacting vengeance, while the British and the Americans close in from the west. Victory over Hitler seems certain. But inside the Kremlin, Stalin worries about a new enemy. When the war is over, how will the Soviet Union protect itself against the American behemoth? Meanwhile Hitler knows he needs a miracle to avoid an humiliating defeat. For both, the atom bomb is the answer....

    Regular price: £30.89

    • The Most Reluctant Convert

    • C. S. Lewis's Journey to Faith
    • By: David C. Downing
    • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    His books have sold millions and include classics like Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Yet C. S. Lewis was not always a literary giant of Christian faith. How did he evolve from staunch atheism to become one of the most beloved and renowned Christian authors of our time?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Kind of interesting

    • By Carôle on 14-03-15

    Regular price: £17.69

    • Into the Region of Awe

    • Mysticism in C. S. Lewis
    • By: David C. Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In this work, David C. Downing explores the breadth of Lewis's writing, introducing us to the context of Christian mysticism in Lewis's day and the writers who most influenced him. Lewis's critique of mysticism is instructive to us in this day of eclectic religious thought. Exploring Lewis's sense of the mystical can help us safeguard ourselves from false mysticism, even as it opens the way to a full experience of God's presence - the "region of awe."

    Regular price: £20.29

    • Looking for the King

    • An Inklings Novel
    • By: David C. Downing
    • Narrated by: Kevin O'Brien
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    It is 1940, and American Tom McCord, a 23-year-old aspiring doctoral candidate, is in England researching the historical evidence for the legendary King Arthur. There he meets perky and intuitive Laura Hartman, a fellow American staying with her aunt in Oxford, and the two of them team up for an even more ambitious and dangerous quest. Aided by the Inklings Tom and Laura begin to suspect that the fabled Spear of Destiny is hidden somewhere in England.

    Regular price: £18.29