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Red Sparrow Audiobook

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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    Dorothy A. Soelke 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Set up for a sequel? I hope so!"

    If you're into stories of espionage and intrigue, this one's right up your alley. And Jeremy Bobb does a skillful job of narrating, varying his voice for different male characters and making the female voices seem real instead of silly, an affliction from which many narrators suffer.

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    Michael Greenstein Dobbs Ferry, NY 07-01-15
    Michael Greenstein Dobbs Ferry, NY 07-01-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Excellent spy thriller with pathos and intrigue"

    My wife tells me that I am very critical. That may be so but I am unabashedly positive about this novel. The characters are drawn realistically. Everyone thinks, acts and moves consistent within their own personality and motivation. The plot can be complex at times as the various players move like chess pieces creating new relationships and possibilities. The storyline is interesting. You care what happens. What more do you want?

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    C. Dorsey 06-21-15
    C. Dorsey 06-21-15
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    "WOW!!"

    One of the best spy novels I've read, going back to Le Carre. Evenly paced, no contrived plot lines or characters. Believable character development and story arch. The detailed spy craft lent credibility to the story.
    I look forward to more from this author.

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    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 06-20-15
    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 06-20-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a barn burner but very good"

    I thought as I neared the end that I would rate this as a 4. But when it ended I decided that although it lacked the energy of other spy and intrigue novels the story and characters were above average. Hence a 5.

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    Andrew 06-19-15
    Andrew 06-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "could not get past chapter three"
    What disappointed you about Red Sparrow?

    The narration of the story was so poor I was unable to finish the book. The extremely long pauses in between sentences and overall slow pace of the narrator had me quit the story at chapter three.


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

    The story itself is probably just fine to read. I was unable to listen past chapter three after multiple attempts.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeremy Bobb’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    book is probably fine. Narrator was not


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    Bill 06-17-15
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    "Interesting spy novel with a few twists"

    Good new Cold War novel. Recipes at the end of the chapters was interesting at first and then got old. Narrator did a very good job setting the tone for each character. Diva's ability to know the character of another person through color auroras was a stretch. Otherwise it was a good listen.

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    MNC Purchase, New York 06-15-15
    MNC Purchase, New York 06-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved this book. Enjoyed the storytelling !"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book . I do not read many spy books so was not familiar with some of the abbreviations Saw author on TV!
    The narration was wonderful
    I'm going to read the next book however because was confused by many of Russian names . Easier to see in print ! Great story

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    Ronald Perkins Naples, FL USA 06-14-15
    Ronald Perkins Naples, FL USA 06-14-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Fantastic ! Looking forward to movie!"

    Writing, story, and narration were first class. Kept my interest so much that I binge listened and actually looked forward my daily exercise hour.

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    Audio Didact Los Angeles, CA 06-10-15
    Audio Didact Los Angeles, CA 06-10-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a retired Movie Prop Master Living in Venice CA. I've been listening to audio books since they were on cassette. Long drives in L.A.are perfect for listening.

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    "LeCarré with a side of Deighton"

    Terrific spy story. Clearly written by an insider thrilling and technical and characters you care about. Plus mouth watering recipes at the end of every chapter. Really.

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    Jason 06-09-15
    Jason 06-09-15
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    "Simple Amazing!"

    This is by far the best espionage books I have read. I couldn't wait to start the second book in the series. I ordered it immediately from Audible. With Jason Matthews' career with the CIA enriches the storyline.

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