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It is the third summer of perestroika. Niki Landau, philanderer and travelling rep, attends the first Moscow audio fair and is asked by beautiful young Katya to take a parcel back to England.

It’s addressed to Barley Blair, jazz-player and drinker, and contains information vital to the defence of the West. But times and heroes are changing. And Barley Blair is a man who makes his own rules of engagement.

©2010 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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  • Peter
  • 06-21-11

Perfect voice for the master's stories

John Le Carre writes quite amazing stories - about flawed innocents with pure intentions caught up in the mendacities of the real word. There is something about Michael Jayston's voice, the slightly jaded world-weariness, that makes it quite the perfect vehicle for Le Carre's writing.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Nike
  • 06-20-18

Fascinating description of Spy life

Really well written More complex than his previous books. Thank you Mr Cornwall i really enjoyed it

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • MR DAVID I SUTTON
  • 01-18-18

Well read in a strong believable voice.

The ending is different to the film adaptation, which I believe is better because your mind makes its own predictions of the outcome, which I'm finding aren't quite as nice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-27-18

Superb<br />

Le Carré writing , the best.
Michael Jayston's narration unbelievably good, with so many characters to portray, it never faulters.

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  • Richard
  • 07-28-18

Story is too slow for my liking

Pros
I enjoyed Le Carré's descriptions of people and their actions ; the narrator was good, using different voices for different characters.
Cons
I found the story very slow - I tuned out sometimes but didn't seem to have missed anything when I started to pay attention again.

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  • Vicuña
  • 07-16-18

Another masterpiece

The narration is outstanding. Balanced,convincing totally plausible. Really adds to the story.
This is not an action packed adventure. It’s far better, it explores relevant world tensions, good v bad, stereotypes, it’s packed with suspense leaving the reader unsure whose narrative is reliable. A real feel for the vagaries of Cold War espionage in recent years. Le Carré delivers another compelling insight into the murky workings of the world.

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  • Incompertus
  • 11-14-14

Not one of le Carre's best

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Weak plot and too much padding makes this no more than two stars.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Jayston?

The narrator uses a whisper, particularly with female voices, so it can be difficult to follow without the text or by adjusting the volume.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Russia House?

Most chapters could have sections removed without affecting the weak plot.

Any additional comments?

This is really a short storey expanded into a too long novel.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • peter
  • 03-17-13

HOPE NEVER DIES....

In the best tradition and under the cover of hide-and-seek, it's a hunting love story, resembling a Russian folktale, which offers a rare and enthralling spectacle: the resurrection of buried hopes. The novel is reserved, but still full of potent surprises, 24 years after its publication. This could hardly be said about the global political system, which inspired its conception. We were full of hopes then. Many of us disenchanted of what has transpired since. The work is a great example of fine literature may outlive reality that has gone to the dogs.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-18

Enjoyable listening

I enjoyed listening to this book the narrator was very pleasant to listen too the story was well written I would recommend it

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  • Linda
  • 12-02-16

Pointless

I am a Le Carre' fan but this one is such a waste of time. I think the author must have been in a different place. There is no direction and because the text books are bogus, no relevance

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