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 .
Bridge of Spies Audiobook

Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War

Regular Price:$20.68
  • 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

Just who were the three men the Soviet and American superpowers exchanged on Berlin's Glienicke Bridge on February 10, 1962? Bridge of Spies is the true story of those men - Rudolf Abel, a Soviet Spy who was a master of disguise; Gary Powers, an American who was captured when his spy plane was shot down; and Frederic Pryor, a young American doctor mistakenly identified as a spy.

The men in this three-way political swap had been drawn into the nadir of the Cold War by duty and curiosity, and the same tragicomedy of errors that induced Khrushchev to send missiles to Castro. They were rescued against daunting odds by fate and by their families, and then all but forgotten.

This is their story.

©2010 Giles Whittell (P)2011 Soundings

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (6 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.5 (6 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.5 (6 )
5 star
 (4)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Anthony Taylor Fall River, NS 03-24-14
    Anthony Taylor Fall River, NS 03-24-14 Member Since 2016

    Love reading. Three kids keep me busy so listening to books has become necessity.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gripping - far better then expected."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I downloaded this book on a whim, wasn't expecting that much but it turned out to be a gripping read/listen. One of the best audio books I've downloaded.


    What other book might you compare Bridge of Spies to and why?

    If you like history, particularly the cold war era, then this book would be a great listen. The explanation of the U2 incident was excellent and I learnt a lot.


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

    Great narration, adds a great deal to the book.


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

    Nope!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Teresa
    Listowel, Ireland
    12/1/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent start to finish"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bridge of Spies to be better than the print version?

    I would but only as I haven't had a chance to read the hardcopy. This has been my commuting companion.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Donovan as he had great nerve and went up against two superpowers. In the first instance he tried to defend Abel or Fischer as we come to know him instead of pretending like the US government wanted him to. Again when he negotiated with Soviets and the with CIA when he wanted priors.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    This is an historic event so I enjoyed the ingenuity shown by Donovan when dealing with bureaucrats.


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

    Both.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful story with a bittersweet ending. The cold war made everyone a little crazy. No one except Donovan came off smelling of Roses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bunter
    UK
    9/21/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Captures the Cold War Era perfectly."
    Would you listen to Bridge of Spies again? Why?

    Yes, the narrative is great & the level of detail is superb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Powers - a great insight into those finding themselves not only on the front line of the secret side of the Cold War but also thrust into the limelight.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He's a great narrator & his delivery is a please to listen to.


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

    A few raised eyebrow moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I only hope the film does justice to this production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. D. Burnell
    4/22/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Cracking cold war stuff"
    Any additional comments?

    Exciting and pacy, this is an excellent cold war thriller, focusing on the personal stories that brought three people to that most quintessential spy moment - the exchange on the bridge.

    The only slow moments are those which follow Frederic Pryor, the third person in the exchange. His story has to be included for completeness, but he comes across as a rather naive dilettante who got in over his head, and all we really care about is Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel.

    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.