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The Terminal Spy Audiobook

The Terminal Spy: A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal and Murder

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Publisher's Summary

An award-winning journalist exposes the troubling truth behind the world's first act of nuclear terrorism.

On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London's Millennium Hotel. Hours later, the Russian former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill, and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Putin himself of engineering his murder.

Alan S. Cowell, then London Bureau Chief of the New York Times, who covered the story from its inception, has written the definitive story of this assassination and of the profound international implications of this first act of nuclear terrorism.

Who was Alexander Litvinenko? What had happened in Russia since the end of the cold war to make his life there untenable and in severe jeopardy, even in England, the country that had granted him asylum? And how did he really die?

The life of Alexander Litvinenko provides a riveting narrative in its own right, culminating in an event that rang alarm bells among Western governments at the ease with which radioactive materials were deployed in a major Western capital to commit a unique crime.

But it also evokes a wide range of other issues: Russia's lurch to authoritarianism, the return of the KGB to the Kremlin, the perils of a new cold war driven by Russia's oil riches, and Vladimir Putin's thirst for power.

©2008 Alan S. Cowell; (P)2008 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"[A] wholly engrossing and thought-provoking story of espionage and homicide." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Stuart Woodward Yokosuka, Japan 10-23-11
    Stuart Woodward Yokosuka, Japan 10-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow but gets there in the end."

    The initial part of the book is detailed and slow going but the story picks up when it gets to the hunt for the Polonium around London and into Europe. While it covers Russian politics and intrigue in great depth we are never really sure, even at the end, who, if anyone, authorized the poisoning but with such a full exposition of the background and facts the listener is well equipped to come to their own conclusion and realize why we may never know the full details of the story.

    The chapters regarding Polonium should be required reading for anyone involved in public safety.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 08-13-13
    Michelle Rahway, NJ United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up The Terminal Spy in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed the book very much. I like listening to Vance, he always does a great job.


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

    I have listened to many of his performances. This is an excellent one.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great performance. Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gc dunn 05-29-16
    gc dunn 05-29-16
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    "Don't purchase this book"

    The only reason I even finished listening was because I paid $25 for it. If you decide to give it a try skip staight to chapter 11. Before that it's a boring, pointless history that only marginally has to do with the story.

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    Martin 11-28-13
    Martin 11-28-13
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    "SLOOOOOWWWW"
    What would have made The Terminal Spy better?

    Too much explaining and it is like a history - which it probably is. No real spy stuff here, unless it is undercover :-).


    Has The Terminal Spy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?

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

    Author is not so good


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