Agent 6

Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: Leo Demidov, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Former Soviet Secret Service agent Leo Demidov has built himself a new life as a civilian with his wife Raisa, and their two teenage daughters, Elena and Zoya.

The Soviet Union is a country trying to reassert itself after the murderous excesses of Stalin and the chaos of the following years, and as the Cold War continues powers inside Russia seek to topple their great enemy, the United States of America. Communist allies within the United States will prove vital players in this game of intrigue and revolution. Raisa and their two daughters travel to the United States on a diplomatic mission, but a horrifying tragedy destroys everything Leo and Raisa have built. Leo must get to the States somehow and find out what happened. Exiled from the Soviet Union and separated from his family, Leo's quest takes him through the stark wilderness of Afghanistan, reawakening all his old instincts and forcing him to confront his demons. But whatever it costs, wherever he must go, he will find Agent 6.

©2011 Tom Rob Smith (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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The last one in the series

I enjoyed this book very much and loved the first two. I wonder if the author will write more. The reading was terrific.

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  • cazzface
  • 06-02-15

Better than The Secret Speech

I disagree with a lot of the reviews, I didn't think that it started off particularly slowly. Although there wasn't a lot of action at the start, the building up if the story was very enjoyable. The story is depressing, but I found it more believable and interesting than The Secret Speech and the narrator is fantastic. I'm glad that I decided not to listen to the reviews and go for this because I think it's important to have the end of the story. Neither sequel stands up to Child 44, which was definitely the best of the trilogy, but this was very good all the same.

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  • Jimmy
  • 12-01-15

Hmmmm

Not as good as the previous 2 books in this trilogy. I found myself less engaged and even a little bored at times.
It's not terrible by any means, but I was hoping for something better after enjoying Child 44 and The Secret Speech so much. Shame.

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  • jacquemet
  • 12-13-14

Good story, great reader

What made the experience of listening to Agent 6 the most enjoyable?

The reader was brilliant, the story very interesting even though a little bit slow to start.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leo, very nice background

Which character – as performed by Gareth Armstrong – was your favourite?

Leo

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end

Any additional comments?

Would be good to have the other book from the same serie read by the same performer.

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  • Katie
  • 12-24-12

Not as good as the first two

Having enjoyed Child 44 and The Secret Speech very much, I was disappointed by this. The story was too far-fetched and didn't seem to have a coherent plot. It was as if Tom Rob Smith had been told to write a trilogy and had run out of ideas for the third book. It is also very depressing. You need to listen to it to complete the series, but I hope future books are back to his previous standard.

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  • the typist
  • 02-19-12

Dreary end to a cracking trilogy

I adored Child 44 and enjoyed The Secret Speech. But Agent 6 is a wasted opportunity. Starting strongly it soon descends into a dull thriller by numbers, without the thrills.

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  • Steph H
  • 09-16-18

Very Strange

This was an odd ending to this series. It jumped all over the place and in my opinion the latter half didn't fit in with the series as a whole. It very much felt like the author lost his way and was trying to force so many more wider political events into this book. I wasn't expecting a 'happily ever after' ending but not was I expecting this rather unsatisfactory ending either.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-17

the weakest of the trilogy

i really enjoyed this trilogy but this last part was my least favourite . much preferred the original narrator. The ending was also disappointing.

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  • John L.
  • 06-22-16

Another of my favourites

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A great storyline, you end up visualising every scene and character - one to remember.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leo - I could feel the sadness within him

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

I found it so easy to bond with the principle character

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  • Mandieh
  • 10-29-15

Narrative gold!

I loved this trilogy.! From the very first page of Child 44 I was captivated by the story of Leo Demidov until the end. I really feel like I have been given another viewpoint of a history I only knew about from the news archives.

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  • Allan Turnbull
  • 06-02-14

Slow story, it all happens in the last 5 minutes

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this to some of my friends who have the patience to keep up with a 'slow middle'.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The final closing scene where Leo experiences 'some joy' at last.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final few chapters of this book are where all the lines of the story come together, they are quite moving at times.

Any additional comments?

Bear with this book as it does eventually get going.

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