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Traitor’s Kiss

Narrated by: Christopher Kay
Length: 18 hrs and 58 mins
4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Officially, the Cold War is over, and the hand of friendship has been exchanged in public. In private, though, the intelligence war continues. A British trawler strays into Russian waters. On its return, the captain has a package for British Intelligence. For the next four years, a high-ranking Russian naval officer provides MI6 with priceless information. But suddenly he goes quiet. Clearly under suspicion, the decision is made to get him out. But his controllers in London know nothing about him.

©2003 Gerald Seymour (P)2004 W.F. Howes, Ltd.

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  • 11-04-19

Any comparison to le Carre is an insult

One-dimensional characters, poor plot, and one of the worst writing styles I’ve ever read. Every section begins with a “He” and then a torrent of insinuations, probably to keep the suspense, so the reader would have a basic acquaintance with the characters by the middle of the book. That won’t even work as a basis for a screenplay.

As for the narration: when narrating an espionage novel about Russia for a commercial production, one might expect some basic preparatory steps, such as checking with someone who actually speaks Russian how to pronounce the Russian words and names. Well, high expectations are bad for the digestion. The narrator had at least 3 (!) different versions of pronunciation for the full name of the FSB. The audiobook is 19 hours long, and every single time there was a phrase in Russian, even when the phrase had appeared dozens of times before, the narrator kept stumbling over it and sounded like he had pebbles in his mouth. I don’t expect the narrator to have a perfect Russian accent, but I do expect him to show some respect for the text (as bad as it may be), the author, and especially – the listeners, by having a BASIC CLUE of what he’s saying.

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An absolutely outstanding book

This author rarely if ever disappoints
Complex and beautifully structured tale
Outstanding delivery by narrator
Worth taking a long haul flight just to listen to

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Tedious and tiresome!

Follows the same formula as the one other book by Seymour which I have listened to. Interesting characters and beginning, but the story soon gets tedious and boring. It was also quickly obvious what would happen in the end, as the story line was so similar to the aforementioned other book. I'll try to return this one.

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  • Silver Fox
  • 10-23-19

Gripping and relentless

Excellent portrayal of the ghastly ****s behind the scenes on all sides. Thank goodness for the technician, just as he emerged I was about to abandon all hope of even a sliver of redemption for anyone. Seymour delivers again.

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  • Clair
  • 10-04-18

Superb reading

Christopher Kay gives his usual polished performance, making all the characters live.
The story is good but too long drawn out for my taste. The characters have depth and individuality reinforced by their individual voices bestowed by Mr Kay

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  • J. M. Craig
  • 01-15-18

Okay but

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Far too much time is spent on ancillary and often irrelevant details that have no material part of the story, often seems like just padding! Some additional interest, alongside the main story line, can often enhance a book, but Seymour over does it to the point of boredom

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable !

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

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Could you see Traitor’s Kiss being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

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