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  • The Moscow Rules

  • The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War
  • By: Antonio J. Mendez, Jonna Mendez
  • Narrated by: Wilson Bethel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Antonio Mendez and his future wife, Jonna, were CIA operatives working to spy on Moscow in the late 1970s, at one of the most dangerous moments in the Cold War. Soviets kept files on all foreigners, studied their patterns, tapped their phones, and even planted listening devices within the US embassy. In short, intelligence work was effectively impossible. The Soviet threat loomed larger than ever. The Moscow Rules tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for enthusiasts

  • By Michael on 05-24-19

great read but abrupt end

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-19

the book was a great read but ends kind of abruptly. could easily had another chapter or two after the last one closing out the time in Moscow before 1989 when the wall fell. still, a great read and great insight into the workings of the CIA during a time of history that all Americans and Russians remember.

  • Fair Game

  • My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House
  • By: Valerie Plame Wilson
  • Narrated by: Valerie Plame Wilson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Valerie Wilson, the object of the "Plame" CIA leak case that resulted in the conviction of the vice-president's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, has spoken publicly only twice since she was outed in July 2003. Now she tells not only the real story behind the leak, but describes her life at the CIA and what happened when her cover was blown.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but for the bleeps

  • By Leighboy on 10-26-07

A Great Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-19

This was a great book and even with the redactions still very full and gives an understanding of what happened and what Plame went through. The use of different length tones for the redacted sections was annoying. several of the redacted sections could have just been skipped and the reader could have just continued on with the reading without the tone and it would not be know to the listener. I've listened to several books with redactions and feel the use of the tone to be the worst. Just use a consistent length tone regardless of how much text was redacted or just say redacted and then move on. Other than that the book was well read and a great read.