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The Secret Speech Audiobook

The Secret Speech

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Publisher's Summary

Soviet Union, 1956: Stalin is dead. With his passing, a violent regime is beginning to fracture - leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent.

The catalyst comes when a secret manifesto composed by Stalin's successor, Khrushchev, is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant and a murderer. Its promise: The Soviet Union will transform. But there are forces at work that are unable to forgive or forget Stalin's tyranny so easily and demand revenge of the most appalling nature.

Meanwhile, former MGB officer Leo Demidov is facing his own turmoil. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his involvement in the murder of their parents. They are not alone. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa and their family are in grave danger from someone with a grudge against Leo. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance.

©2009 Tom Rob Smith; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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    "unknown" Cairns, Australia 10-02-11
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    "the secret speech"

    great book, you want to keep reading just to find what is happening next.

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  • Duncan
    Oval, United Kingdom
    5/26/12
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    "Sadly not a match for Child 44"

    As a sequel to the excellent Child 44 ,The Secret Speech was a disapointment. The whodunnit (or whoisit?) element that worked so well in the first book was missing here, and I often found myself tuning out of lengthy passages of description or action that weren't as gripping as they could have been. A shame, as there were elements such as the criminal gang structures and activities that made for interesting listening - but not enough for more than 3 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jill
    Roermond, Netherlands
    10/14/09
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    "Not bad, but not the best"

    I didn't enjoy this book as much as Child 44 which I thought was an excellent and well-narrated story. It is certainly action-packed, but I found some of the plot developments rather hard to swallow. My main gripe, however, is the narrator, as mentioned by another reviewer. All those strange pauses in the middle of sentences eventually proved to detract from the story itself, and in the end made finishing the book rather a trial.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Dawson
    5/31/09
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    "great book poor narrator"

    Because i loved Child 44 so much I bought this without listening to the reader. I found him too slow and his style of reading broke my attention away from the book. So make sure you are ok with the narration before you buy.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A. D. Thacker
    Cambridge UK
    4/28/09
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    "Engrossing thriller"

    As good as his first book, but far more emotional.
    The action sequences can feel a bit un-ending at times, and like the first book I suspect there will be some critisism of his "Dicken's" like approach to co-incide driven plot.
    But overall; Intelligent - grown-up - engrossing - thrilling - fascinating - very violent - great dramatic - great dialogue - unpredictable plotline - life affirming - tragic - cliche and stereo-type free writing.


    But still, my joint favourite read of 2009. (Child 44 was my other favourite.)

    I hope there will be more of Leo, though I cannot imagine how his story can be developed further ... but then I couldn't have imagined this fantastic story either.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Evers
    UK
    6/26/10
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    "What a shame"

    Having enjoyed 'Child 44', I was most disappointed by this title. I agree with the other reviewers about the stilted and slow narration, which certainly doesn't help one's enjoyment - but more to the point is the fact that the plot is completely ludicrous and over the top. It's as though the author wants to pack in as much action as he can - the net result is that it all becomes completely unbelievable and, if anything, boring.

    Isn't it true that so often second books are a real let down?

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • catherine kerr
    7/15/17
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    "Very good book"

    I've read the first book and The third and then this one not in the correct order but I really enjoy them all and I like this narrator he told the story very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Sugar
    4/2/17
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    "Pity about the narrator"

    The narrator was dull which made me struggle to be absorbed by the book. In the end I very much enjoyed this story but it was more through determination not to give up on it. A harrowing and brutal tale set in the era of post Stalinist Russia and Hungry where love conquered all, in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    11/24/16
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    "brilliant"

    fantastic story, had me completely hooked. well read! cant wait to listen to the next in the trilogy. thanks very much ☺

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phil P.
    In my own little world
    12/1/15
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    "This book cries out to be made into a movie!"
    Where does The Secret Speech rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 10!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Speech?

    There were many! The Hungarian Uprising


    What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?

    Held my attention/


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh god, yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Having a Russian partner and my mother in law being roughly the right age for the speech to have been read to her at school I had to ask. She could not remember, but has since read it and then proceeded to give me a run down ...
    If you have seen Child 44, the franchise needs a reboot just so this and Agent 6 can be made into trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jimmy
    11/25/15
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    "Thrilling!"

    I really enjoyed this book. Yes it's a bit far fetched at times, and yes the narrator does leave rather long....... pauses ....... between lines, but that didn't bother me or dilute my enjoyment of listening! So now I'm going to listen to the 3rd instalment of this excellent trilogy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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