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Red Sparrow: A Novel | [Jason Matthews]

Red Sparrow: A Novel

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.
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Publisher's Summary

The start of a major career! A gripping, highly commercial espionage thriller written with the delicious insider detail and up-to-the-minute insight only known to a veteran CIA spook.

In today's Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

Seeking revenge against her soulless masters, Dominika begins a fatal double life, recruited by the CIA to ferret out a high-level traitor in Washington - hunt down a Russian illegal buried deep in the U.S. military and, against all odds, to return to Moscow as the new-generation penetration of Putin's intelligence service. Dominika and Nathaniel's impossible love affair and twisted spy game come to a deadly conclusion in the shocking climax of this electrifying, up-to-the minute spy thriller.

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©2013 Jason Matthews (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 04-06-14
    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2005

    Many explorations and adventures await!

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    "Well Written, Well Read and Thoroughly Enjoyable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed the storyline, the characters, the details and especially its length! Being an over the road trucker to me the longer the better BUT it seemed I flew through this great book because it was thoroughly engrossing, well written and narrated.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Sparrow?

    The first few chapters I knew I was hooked.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job not one complaint. Thank you Jeremy, you did a superb job!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this excellent novel and I cannot wait for the next book to come out by this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 04-02-14
    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Definitely an adult story."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a good all around story, but was heavy with sex.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The mystery surrounding the two main characters.


    Was Red Sparrow worth the listening time?

    Yes, but you won't want an audience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 03-27-14
    Penmaven Laguna Woods, CA 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "ONE OF THE BEST BAUDIOBOOKS"
    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant story. Well written - first class verbal construction. Excellent reader. Had me rivited fro start to finish.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-14-14
    Gary Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.

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    "Hard to get through!~"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it was too dry.and I had a hard time getting past the first few sections.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Pass


    Did Jeremy Bobb do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Pass


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Soquel, CA, United States 03-10-14
    John Soquel, CA, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Like listening to paint drying"
    What would have made Red Sparrow better?

    A reasonable paced story


    Has Red Sparrow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I have listened to other books in this genre and they were good. This book was way tooooo slooooooow


    How could the performance have been better?

    Flat and uninteresting is the best I can say


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boardom


    Any additional comments?

    There have been very few books over my 10+ years of listening to books that I could not get through. I thought I was just about done with the book and realized I had not even got to the second half of the book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John L. Moncrief NYC 02-23-14
    John L. Moncrief NYC 02-23-14 Member Since 2008

    Lawyer, Vietnam War draftee, Peace Corps Thailand, fan of the Constitution, Science Fiction lover, work in New York City, like bodysurfing

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    "Fun Listen but Kind of Formulaic"

    I got this book because of its reader rating. Although I got hooked early, I found it kind of formulaic. Strikingly beautiful Russian spy who excels in everything... American spies who are so top drawer... like the James Clancy military men.. So different from the flawed or troubled LeCarre spies. Lots of fun but not up to its rating in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rachel CASPER, WY, United States 02-17-14
    rachel CASPER, WY, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Too much F word!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Faster pace, less cussing and more to the point...less meandering around the story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jason Matthews again?

    no


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Red Sparrow?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-06-14
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2007

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "He said. She said. He said. She said."

    Some books are not made for audio. This is one of those. By the second half, I started to laugh every time I heard "he said" or "she said." It really became comical.

    I can see where this author was going with the book. The current setting makes it much more interesting than it might have been if it had been set in another era. The inclusion of recipes is fabulous. It's a slight turn in an otherwise straightforward spy book. But I found the dialogue to be really stilted and the flat narration made it worse. There was so much that could have been done with accents to make it a better listen. I was completely unimpressed.

    I'm giving this 3 stars (instead of 2) because it's a substantial effort for a first book. Given his background and wealth of subject matter, it will be interesting to watch his writing mature. I very much hope a more fitting narrator is selected for the next one.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Freeland, WA, United States 09-11-13
    Rachel Freeland, WA, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Reader ruins a really good story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    When I could sort it out from the abysmal reading! I love good spy stories but I hate to have to work so hard at listening!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy Bobb?

    Almost anyone who has knowledge of the Russian language! Ron McLarty might have been my choice perhaps or maybe Wanda McCadden?


    Any additional comments?

    Jeremy Bobb almost destroys the content of the story with his complete lack of imagination and variation in tone. He sounds as if he were reading a textbook - it is hard to discern when one character ends a sentence and another responds. Keeping track of the storyline and political maneuverings is almost impossible since it is all read in the same monotone. What a disservice to the author to assign such a miserable reader to his extraordinary work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roman Allston, MA, United States 09-03-13
    Roman Allston, MA, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Torture if you know Russian"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I happened to be Russian thus know thing or two about my county, culture and language.
    It starts with the title. Sparrow in Russian is masculine. Women like Dominica are called "swallows". Guess "Red swallow" would sound as nice as "Red sparrow"...
    I'm used to people butchering the Russian words (thanks Hollywood!), however when someone is trying to sell me a story where a CIA operative who's fluent in Russian is using words that are not used in a day-to-day conversation since probably 19th century - I have a hard time buying it.
    Also feel like I have to mention foul language. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not a stranger to occasional f-bomb. However, have to ask would author still use Charley Utah November Tango or Foxtrot Alpha Golf if it was in English, not Russian.
    FSB operatives in furry hats? What's next, drunk people on streets with balalaikas? Gypsys with bears? Glad it didn't happen, but was expecting it any moment.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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