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    • Zoo Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 392
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 344
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 338

    Anglo-American journalist John Russell lives in Berlin and is approached to do some work for the Soviets. He reluctantly agrees and soon becomes involved in other dangerous activities, like helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Review for the whole series

    • By Cookie on 08-30-12

    Regular price: $22.46

    • One Man's Flag

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    India, 1915. Jack McColl is on a reconnaissance mission to better defend the British Empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, Jack's former lover, Caitlin Hanley, witnesses the execution of her brother for a treasonous plot that Jack helped foil. His execution has only intensified Caitlin's involvement in the cause of Home Rule. An uprising in Dublin will bring Caitlin and Jack back together as lovers - and enemies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book!

    • By April on 03-27-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Silesian Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164

    Summer, 1939. British journalist John Russell has just been granted American citizenship in exchange for agreeing to work for American intelligence when his girlfriend, Effi, is arrested by the Gestapo. Russell hoped his new nationality would let him safely stay in Berlin with Effi and his son, but now he's being blackmailed. To free Effi, he must agree to work for the Nazis.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Spies and Nazis

    • By Lois on 02-05-10

    Regular price: $22.46

    • Stettin Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    In the fall of 1941, Anglo-American journalist John Russell is still living in Berlin, tied to the increasingly alien city by his love for two Berliners: his fourteen-year-old son Paul and his longtime girlfriend Effi. Forced to work for both German and American intelligence, he's searching for a way out of Germany. Can he escape and take Effi with him?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Strong Addition to the Marvelous John Russe

    • By Buzz on 11-03-11

    Regular price: $22.46

    • Potsdam Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    In April 1945, Hitler's Reich is on the verge of extinction. Assaulted by Allied bombs and Soviet shells, ruled by Nazis with nothing to lose, Berlin has become the most dangerous place on earth. John Russell's son Paul is stationed on the Eastern Front with the German Army, awaiting the Soviets' final onslaught. In Berlin, Russell's girlfriend Effi has been living in disguise, helping fugitives to escape from Germany. With a Jewish orphan to care for, she's trying to outlast the Nazis.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The series is getting better and better..

    • By K R D on 09-11-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Lenin's Roller Coaster

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    The third Jack McColl espionage thriller by David Downing (also the author of the WWII Station series) brings together two lovers in Bolshevik Russia. Winter 1917: As a generation of Europe's young men perish on the Eastern and Western fronts, British spy Jack McColl is assigned a sabotage mission deep in Central Asia, where German influence is strong. As he quickly realizes, the mission only becomes more dangerous the closer he gets to its heart.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Downing's clunker

    • By David Holroyd on 05-20-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Masaryk Station

    • A John Russell Thriller, Book 6
    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Michael Healy
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    Berlin, early 1948: The city, still occupied by the four Allied powers, still largely in ruins, has become the cockpit of a new Cold War, and as spring unfolds its German inhabitants live in fear of the Soviets enforcing a Western withdrawal. Here, as elsewhere in Europe, the legacies of the War have become entangled in the new Soviet-American conflict, creating a world of bizarre and fleeting loyalties, a paradise for spies. John Russell works for both Stalin’s NKVD and the newly-created CIA. He does as little for either as he can safely get away with.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • What a disappointment...and it's all the narrator

    • By Joyce on 07-16-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Most Reluctant Convert

    • C. S. Lewis's Journey to Faith
    • By: David C. Downing
    • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    His books have sold millions and include classics like Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Yet C. S. Lewis was not always a literary giant of Christian faith. How did he evolve from staunch atheism to become one of the most beloved and renowned Christian authors of our time?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Myth Come True

    • By Paul Patterson on 11-20-12

    Regular price: $18.80

    • The Dark Clouds Shining

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: John Curless
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    London, 1921: Ex-Secret Service spy Jack McColl is in prison serving time for assaulting a cop. McColl has been embittered by the Great War. He can't stomach spying for the British Empire anymore. He's also heartbroken. The love of his life, radical journalist Caitlin Hanley, parted ways with him three years earlier so she could offer her services to the Communist revolution in Moscow. Then his former Secret Service boss offers McColl the chance to escape his jail sentence if he takes a dangerous and unofficial assignment in Russia, where McColl is already a wanted man.

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Jack of Spies

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 78

    It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city - Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York - he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in faraway London.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Too much, TooMany

    • By Kathleen Rolfingsmeier on 07-11-16

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Lehrter Station

    • A John Russell WW II Novel, Book 5
    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 92

    Paris, November 1945: John Russell is walking home along the banks of the Seine on a cold and misty evening when Soviet agent Yevgeny Shchepkin falls into step alongside him. Shchepkin tells Russell that the American intelligence will soon be asking him to undertake some low grade espionage on their behalf - assessing the strains between different sections of the German Communist Party - and that Shchepkin's own bosses in Moscow want him to accept the task and pass his findings on to them.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great view of Berlin after the end of WW2

    • By Katherine on 06-10-12

    Regular price: $18.87

    • The Red Eagles

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14

    World War II is nearly over. For the Russians the enemy is no longer Nazi Germany but the American behemoth that threatens to topple the Communist revolution. Deep within the walls of the Kremlin, Stalin's top man hatches a brilliant plan that will alter the course of postwar history - and it's all based on a deception as simple as the shell game.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story but the last act stumbles

    • By Stephen on 05-19-15

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Into the Region of Awe

    • Mysticism in C. S. Lewis
    • By: David C. Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    In this work, David C. Downing explores the breadth of Lewis's writing, introducing us to the context of Christian mysticism in Lewis's day and the writers who most influenced him. Lewis's critique of mysticism is instructive to us in this day of eclectic religious thought. Exploring Lewis's sense of the mystical can help us safeguard ourselves from false mysticism, even as it opens the way to a full experience of God's presence - the "region of awe."

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Looking for the King

    • An Inklings Novel
    • By: David C. Downing
    • Narrated by: Kevin O'Brien
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    It is 1940, and American Tom McCord, a 23-year-old aspiring doctoral candidate, is in England researching the historical evidence for the legendary King Arthur. There he meets perky and intuitive Laura Hartman, a fellow American staying with her aunt in Oxford, and the two of them team up for an even more ambitious and dangerous quest. Aided by the Inklings Tom and Laura begin to suspect that the fabled Spear of Destiny is hidden somewhere in England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fine story very faithful to the real Inklings

    • By Stan on 04-17-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Red Eagles

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    It's 1945. The Red Army tears through Europe towards Berlin, exacting vengeance, while the British and the Americans close in from the west. Victory over Hitler seems certain. But inside the Kremlin, Stalin worries about a new enemy. When the war is over, how will the Soviet Union protect itself against the American behemoth? Meanwhile Hitler knows he needs a miracle to avoid an humiliating defeat. For both, the atom bomb is the answer....

    Regular price: $33.70

    • Zoo Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    By 1939, Anglo-American journalist John Russell has spent 15 years in Berlin, where his German-born son lives. He writes human-interest pieces for British and American papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. But as war approaches, he faces the prospect of having to leave his son and his longtime girlfriend.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not much happening ....

    • By antonio on 04-21-14

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Jack of Spies

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Jack McColl is a globe-trotting salesman for a luxury car firm. He is also a part-time spy for the fledgling Secret Service on the eve of the First World War. As 1913 ends he is in China, checking out the German naval base at Tsingtao between automobile demonstrations in Peking and Shanghai. Caitlin Hanley is a young Irish American journalist with the sort of views that most British men would find dangerously advanced.

    Regular price: $36.66

    • Silesian Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Summer, 1939. British journalist John Russell has just been granted American citizenship in exchange for agreeing to work for American intelligence when his girlfriend, Effi, is arrested by the Gestapo. Russell hoped his new nationality would let him safely stay in Berlin with Effi and his son, but now he's being blackmailed.

    Regular price: $20.72

    • Stettin Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    In the fall of 1941, Anglo-American journalist John Russell is still living in Berlin, tied to the increasingly alien city by his love for two Berliners: his 14-year-old son, Paul, and his longtime girlfriend, Effi. Forced to work for both German and American intelligence, he's searching for a way out of Germany. Can he escape and take Effi with him?

    Regular price: $16.35

    • One Man's Flag

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Spring 1915. Secret service spy Jack McColl is in India, defending the empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, journalist Caitlin Hanley is rebuilding her life after the execution of her brother - an IRA sympathiser whose terrorist plot was foiled by Caitlin's ex-lover, the very same Jack McColl. The First World War is giving fresh impulse to those causes - feminism, socialism and Irish independence - which she has long supported. But the threat of a rising in Dublin alarms McColl's bosses as much as it dazzles Caitlin. If another Irish plot brings them back together, will it be as enemies or lovers?

    Regular price: $17.99