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Red Sparrow Audiobook

Red Sparrow: A Novel

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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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    Joan Paskas MESA, AZ, US 11-28-15
    Joan Paskas MESA, AZ, US 11-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent thriller in international espionage."

    Enjoyed the way this author introduced each character and let you get used to them before bringing forward another. Good story along with suspense. Narrator was okay but would have preferred another that could emulate the different accents of the characters to make the reading of the story more authentic. Looking forward to the next novel by Jason Matthews. He will be added to my list of favorite authors.

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    Michael Barach Boston, MA 11-28-15
    Michael Barach Boston, MA 11-28-15 Member Since 2016

    Gadget lover

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    "Gifted writer who happens to pen spy novels"
    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    Jason Matthews has deep knowledge of current spy craft, and he happens to be an outstanding writer. This is literature, good, high quality prose, wrapped around very enjoyable and multi-dimensional characters, with a plot that builds. Jeremy Bobb's reading is commendable, beautifully capturing Russian accents.


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    Joe Houston, TX, United States 10-15-15
    Joe Houston, TX, United States 10-15-15 Member Since 2016

    Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas

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    "Enjoyable, but not the best"

    Better than The Grey Man, but not in the same league as One Shot, The Fifth Witness, or The Lincoln Lawyer, or Three Seconds.

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    M.A. 09-27-15
    M.A. 09-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Among the best!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This novel keeps you guessing & enjoying from the opening to the very end. Just when you think you can guess what will happen next you discover that you didn't see it coming. An excellent listen (or read).


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

    The ending. I won't give it away.



    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I will look for his performances in the future. An excellent rendering of the characters.


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

    Too long for one sitting, but you definitely look forward to you next opportunity to "tune in" and continue following the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Recipes!

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    Patrick 09-26-15
    Patrick 09-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a great spy novel."

    loved it. hard to believe its his first. loved the recipes at the end of each chapter

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    Elaine B Patton 09-26-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Everyone needs a good spy story!"

    While the reader was a tad dry, the spy story had all the elements it needed. With the Cold War in our past, the good spy stories have faded. I enjoyed this one!

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    Fred Gronvall West Chester, OH 09-22-15
    Fred Gronvall West Chester, OH 09-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Get Rid of the RECIPES!!!"

    Great story! Great narrator. But for an audiobook
    We could do WITHOUT THE DARNED RECIPES!

    If you're reading you can SKIP THEM.

    Why is there Dill Weed in every recipe?

    No wonder Nadh was puking all the time!

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    MN_Grumpy 09-02-15
    MN_Grumpy 09-02-15
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    "Fascinating story"

    Overall, a thoroughly good listen. Character development far better than in many contemporary 'thrillers'.
    This is a long listen - which I normally enjoy. There were points in the final chapters that I felt there was a cumbersomeness that the majority of the tale did not possess.
    Give a listen - you will not be disappointed!

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    Super Scooter Wisconsin 08-31-15
    Super Scooter Wisconsin 08-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Different Kind of Spy Story for Me"

    I tend to read the more action-packed superhero style of spy novels (a la Vince Flynn or Ludlum) so this story was different than I had expected. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it's focus on the (more realistic) relationship aspect of the espionage world.

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    My dogs' mom Las Cruces, NM 08-27-15
    My dogs' mom Las Cruces, NM 08-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "I guess I missed the greatness"
    What would have made Red Sparrow better?

    This book was too long. My friends who read the book said the Russian names were difficult. I told them they should be listening to the names if they wanted to be confused. It made it very difficult to track characters, as the names sounded so similar. The lead characters were not that likable. I just don't get what all the critics thought was so wonderful. I wanted to scream when the 2 main characters got together and wouldn't speak what was on their mind. Why recipes in a spy book??? And recipes with no amounts in the ingredients???


    What does Jeremy Bobb bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narration. About the only thing I liked about the book.


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

    Very disappointed in book, not audio.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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