We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Truman's Spy Audiobook

Truman's Spy: A Cold War Thriller

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

It is early 1950, the midpoint of the 20th century. Joe McCarthy is cranking up his demagoguery and Joseph Stalin had intensified the cold war. In Washington, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI is fighting a turf war with the newly founded Central Intelligence Agency. Harry Truman is in the White House, trying to keep a lid on domestic and foreign politics, but the crises never stop.

It should be a time of peace and prosperity in America, but it is anything but. FBI agent Thomas Buchanan is assigned to investigate the father of a former fiance, Ann Garrett, who dumped Buchanan while he was away to World War Two. And suddenly Buchanan finds himself on a worldwide search for both an active Soviet spy and the only woman he ever loved. In the process, he crosses paths with Hoover, Truman, Soviet moles and assassins, an opium kingpin from China, and a brigade of lowlife from the American film community. Truman's Spy is a classic cold war story of espionage and betrayal, love and regret, patriots and traitors.

This is the revised and updated 2013 edition of Noel Hynd's follow-up to Flowers from Berlin. The story is big, a sprawling intricate tale of espionage, from post-war Rome and Moscow to New York, Philadelphia and Hollywood, filled with the characters, mores and attitudes of the day. And at its heart: the most crucial military secret of the decade.

©1990, 2013 Noel Hynd (P)2014 Noel Hynd

What the Critics Say

"Noel Hynd knows the ins and outs of Washington's agencies, public and private." (Publishers Weekly)

"A notch above the Ludums and Clancys of the world..." (Booklist)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (11 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
3.9 (11 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.4 (10 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jeanne B. 08-26-15
    Jeanne B. 08-26-15

    Classic Movie Fan

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Production quality & narrator made me nuts!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This is the first time I have ever written a review before finishing the book.

    If -- and it's a big if -- I get through the rest of it, I will edit this review.

    Narrator's voice is super low bass. I find it h hard to listen to his voice. That can be fixed somewhat through an equalizer. This book uses voice imitations for direct quotes which mimic the actual speakers.

    My gripe -- and what is so annoying -- is the background music which plays all the time. In comparison to the volume of the narrator it is like a fly buzzing around -- not enough to really hear it but loud enough to get on my nerves. I keep thinking someone is in my house, or the answering machine is recording or that I left the radio or TV on.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Have not finished book yet.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voice so low it is hard on my ears -- the way a car with loud bass hurts when it is next to you at a stoplight.


    Was Truman's Spy worth the listening time?

    Not yet. It might be okay to read.


    Any additional comments?

    Music behind the narration? Whose dumb idea was that?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Frank Ukiah, CA, United States 10-02-14
    Frank Ukiah, CA, United States 10-02-14 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    171
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Potentially Good Thriller Ruined by Goofy Gimmicks"

    "Truman's Spy" could be a good thriller -- it starts out with an interesting Cold War backdrop and a diverse storyline involving an ex-FBI agent now serving as a small-town sheriff in Oregon, another FBI agent assigned to investigate his ex-fiancee's father, and J. Edgar Hoover himself hovering in the background as an FBI director not held in high esteem by his subordinates.

    Unfortunately, this audio recording was utterly ruined by unnecessary, hokey gimmicks, such as musical cues that started each chapter (and even played in the background as the narrator read), having each line of dialogue modified by some kind of acoustic effect to make the voices sound slightly different, especially when someone was supposed to be speaking over the telephone -- and even dubbing in sound effects!

    The manipulation of each character's dialogue was particularly annoying. I'm assuming it was Mr. Alan reading each line because no one else is listed as a narrator, but the gimmicky acoustic effects made it sound like he was delivering them from the other end of a piece of sewer pipe or a deep hole in the ground. The effect of having these line readings alternate with "he said," or "he commented," or "Mark said" etc. etc. was like trying to watch a play while someone read the stage directions out loud.

    The audio manipulation also rendered a lot of the spoken dialogue almost unintelligible, with the words getting lost in the hollowed out soup can (or whatever echo chamber they used to record the dialogue) -- and then reverting back to the narrator's normal, booming voice for the "he said" cues. And when one character gets shot, we actually have to hear the sound of the bullets being fired! I don't know what clown of an editor thought that this would "enhance" the listening experience, but it certainly had the opposite effect for me.

    After a few chapters of this I could no longer take it, and deleted the story from my device. If I had wanted to listen to an old-time radio show complete with sound effects and different people playing each part, I would have chosen to listen to that instead.

    Ironically, Mr. Alan seems like a capable narrator -- if he weren't dragging a safe behind him in the form of these goofy audio gimmicks. All of the best narrators -- such as Michael Page, John Lee, Simon Vance, or Edward Herrmann -- can modify their voices when reading dialogue so that this kind of nonsense is unnecessary. And as noted at the outset, the story itself could have been an enjoyable thriller if it had been read by any of those or a host of other narrators -- or even Mr. Alan -- without the hair-pulling-inducing audio manipulation. My advice is to skip this version and choose a book with a narrator giving a straight reading without any "enhancements."

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JMM Fl 10-27-16
    JMM Fl 10-27-16 Member Since 2015

    Mystery Lover

    HELPFUL VOTES
    61
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting story hated the sound effects...awful!"
    If you could sum up Truman's Spy in three words, what would they be?

    Kept me guessing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom Buchanan


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lee Alan’s performances?

    Yes, but without the stupid sound effects.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting historical novel. The ridiculous sound effects took a lot away from the story. Otherwise I enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J.C.D. 10-20-15
    J.C.D. 10-20-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    54
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    240
    214
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE"
    If you could sum up Truman's Spy in three words, what would they be?

    ENTERTAINING, INFORMATIVE, BELIEVABLE


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

    YES - IT WAS VERY OLD-FASHIONED CLOAK AND DAGGAR


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Killing the Russian agent and spy outside the Russian embassy in London


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither. It was like an entertaining history lesson


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Ag Miller
    Wales
    1/6/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great coldwar story"

    An excellent early cold war story line with loads of twist & plots that keep you riveted.

    Would recommend a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.