Regular price: $43.48

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Cambridge spy Guy Burgess was a supreme networker. He also set a gold standard for conflicts of interest, working variously for the BBC, MI5, MI6, the War Office, the Ministry of Information and the KGB. Yet Burgess was never challenged by Britain's spy catchers: his superiors were convinced he was too much of a liability to have been recruited by Moscow.

Now, with a major new release of hundreds of files into the National Archives, Purvis and Hulbert reveal just how this charming establishment insider was able to fool everyone for so long, without suspicion, all the while working for the KGB.

©2016 Stewart Purvis & Jeff Hulbert (P)2016 Oakhill Publishing

Critic Reviews

"[An] excellent biography." ( Financial Times)
"Adds much to a familiar story thanks to newly released files.... [Stewart Purvis and Jeff Hulbert's] revelations leave us all the more astonished that such a smelly, scruffy, lying, gabby, promiscuous, drunken slob could penetrate the heart of the establishment without anyone apparently noticing that he was also a Soviet masterspy." ( The Observer)

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Eye-opening on one of the most infamous spies

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

I would if they're into history.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Guy, due to the complex version of his life we get.

Which character – as performed by Andrew Cullum – was your favorite?

All of them.

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

None that come to mind.

Any additional comments?

A must-have for any fans of books on the Cambridge Five.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • sophie
  • 11-23-16

'A' level assignment style narrator

What did you like best about Guy Burgess? What did you like least?

Unfortunately, the narrator sounded less animated than the shipping report. I cannot quite tell without reading this book if the book is being robbed of its conjecture, insights and reflections or if it is the fault of this bland, really terrible, narrator. I usually spot a bad reader at the point when you can hear the sample. Sadly his voice sounded fine in those few moments what I could not know is that it remains the same throughout. I will have to buy the book in print since I have sneaking suspicion it is a well researched and possibly interesting book who knows - fire your narrator!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I am not too sure I kept falling asleep

What didn’t you like about Andrew Cullum’s performance?

As above

Did Guy Burgess inspire you to do anything?

What like spying? Daft question moment

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • george
  • 02-05-18

Very good shows how gaulable the British are

extremely detailed they missed the point that burgers being a homosexual, which was against the law was a motive for betraying his country, a way to get even.