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Publisher's Summary

A ferociously cool Cold War thriller from the author of The Ipcress File. Len Deighton's third novel has become a classic, as compelling and suspenseful now as when it first exploded on to the best seller lists. In Berlin, where neither side of the wall is safe, Colonel Stok of Red Army Security is prepared to sell an important Russian scientist to the West - for a price.

British intelligence are willing to pay, providing their own top secret agent is in Berlin to act as go-between. But it soon becomes apparent that behind the facade of an elaborate mock funeral lies a game of deadly manoeuvres and ruthless tactics. A game in which the blood-stained legacy of Nazi Germany is enmeshed in the intricate moves of cold war espionage.…

©2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

“A most impressive book in which the tension, more like a chronic ache than a sharp stab of pain, never lets go.” ( Evening Standard)
”A ferociously cool fable, even better than The Spy Who Came In From the Cold.” ( New York Times)
”Brilliant, bright and wicked.” ( Vogue)
”A master of fictional espionage.” ( Daily Mail)
”The poet of the spy story.” ( Sunday Times)
”Deighton is so far in the front of other writers in the field that they are not even in sight” ( Sunday Times)
”Nobody now seriously doubts that Deighton is the most credible of all the spysmiths” ( The Scotsman)

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  • VCM
  • 03-08-17

Great narrator

The narrator really makes this audible book - a sort of Michael Caine delivery that it really highlights the deadpan humour of the book

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  • Colbyco
  • 02-16-17

A classic

Give a review on a Len Deighton book, really? That said I can on the narrater so here goes, OMG , WOW!

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  • David
  • 08-28-15

Classic spy

Made all the better by imagining Michael Cain as the protagonist. Excellent performance of a true English classic

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  • Clare
  • 07-12-15

Narration takes a bit of getting used to..

I did get used to it eventually and those who like Michael Caine will probably enjoy it.

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  • Richard
  • 07-17-18

refreshingly well-written and engaging

Great cold war character. Intriguing plot. Unesseary to make the main character sound like Michael Cane.

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  • J. M. Craig
  • 06-08-18

Second Chance for Len Deighton

Thought I’d give him a second chance after being unimpressed with the first effort. Now wish I hadn’t bothered. Awful !!! Dull story line and the reader sounded like he was auditioning for a Michael Caine stand-in. I really don’t know what the author is trying to achieve with the irrelevant notes before each chapter, but the result is annoyance!!! I can only assume that the people who compare Len Deighton with John Le Carre, have never read John Le Carre - not in the same league !!!

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  • D J Chesterman
  • 10-16-17

Disappointing.

Loved Berlin Game Series (9 books) they were brilliant. This doesn't translate so well to audiobook format. Aside from his awful Jamaican accent James Lailey did a wonderful job with the Berlin Game books, here however his faux Micheal Cain impersonation is so distracting I just couldn't follow the story. If I had been able to follow the story I could tell you more about it, but I couldn't, so I can't. Not one for writing a negative review but this left me very underwhelmed and mildly upset I'd used up a credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-17

Whatever possessed Audible?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator who otherwise has a fine voice has (I suspect for American listeners) given a sad impersonation of Michael Caine.
I downloaded this and Billion dollar brain and both are a waste of the authors fine spy novels and the narrators talent.
Having already purchased Paul Daneman's narration of The Funeral which was technically an abominably bad sound recording (I hope Deighton and Daneman sued) but even so the narrator is far better at catching the cynicism of "Harry Palmer"

What other book might you compare Funeral in Berlin to, and why?

Ipcress File, Billion Dollar Brain, Horse under Water guess why!

How could the performance have been better?

With the narrators normal voice it would be ten times better.

Do you think Funeral in Berlin needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Let James Laily do it again without the Michael Caine

Any additional comments?

Audible should be more careful or Mr Caine may well begin impersonating James Lailey