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  • A Coffin for Dimitrios | Eric Ambler

    A Coffin for Dimitrios

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Alexander Spencer
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    An early classic of espionage fiction. Through the cafés, trains and nighttime cities of Europe, Charles Latimer follows a twisting trail of drug-smugglers, thieves and assassins that will lead him to Dimitrios.

    PearlGirl says: "A most enjoyable history and geography lesson"
  • The Mask of Dimitrios | Eric Ambler

    The Mask of Dimitrios

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Tony Gardener
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    English crime novelist Charles Latimer is travelling in Istanbul when he makes the acquaintance of Turkish police inspector Colonel Haki. It is from him that he first hears of the mysterious Dimitrios - an infamous master criminal, long wanted by the law, whose body has just been fished out of the Bosphorus. Fascinated by the story, Latimer decides to retrace Dimitrios' steps across Europe to gather material for a new book.

    Miguel Angel says: "Excellent Thriller!"
  • Epitaph for a Spy | Eric Ambler

    Epitaph for a Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Alexander Spencer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (24)
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    Vadassy was just another name on the guest list at the seedy Mediterranean Hotel until he was accused of spying. Then, suddenly, he was on everybody's list.

    Tim says: "Terrific listen"
  • Uncommon Danger | Eric Ambler

    Uncommon Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Simon Poland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Kenton’s career as a journalist depends on his facility with languages, his knowledge of European politics and his quick judgement. Where his judgement sometimes fails him, however, is in his personal life. When he travels to Nuremberg to investigate a story about a top-level meeting of Nazi officials, he inadvertently finds himself on a train bound for Austria after a bad night of gambling. Stranded with no money, Kenton jumps at the chance to earn a fee helping a refugee smuggle securities across the border.

    Brian says: "Intelligent, fast-paced thriller"
  • Journey into Fear | Eric Ambler

    Journey into Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It is 1940, and Mr Graham, a quietly-spoken engineer and arms expert, has just finished high-level talks with the Turkish government. And now somebody wants him dead. The previous night, three shots were fired at him as he stepped into his hotel room, so, terrified, he escapes in secret on a passenger steamer from Istanbul. As he journeys home he enters a nightmarish world where friend and foe are indistinguishable.

    Leon Miller says: "A classic that continues to please."
  • The Light of Day | Eric Ambler

    The Light of Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Arthur Simpson is a petty thief who is discovered stealing from a hotel room. His victim, however, turns out to be a criminal in a league well above his own and Simpson is blackmailed into smuggling arms into Turkey for use in a major jewel robbery. The Turkish police, however, discover the arms and he is further 'blackmailed' by them into spying on the 'gang' - or rot in a Turkish jail. However, agreeing to help brings even worse danger...

    John says: "Another solid book from Ambler"
  • Passage of Arms | Eric Ambler

    Passage of Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Greg and Dorothy Nilsen had wanted to go on an adventurous trip. But the cruise they were on was turning out to be a bore. So when the gracious Mr. Tan requests that Greg take a side trip to Singapore to resolve a bureaucratic detail involving a consignment of small arms, Greg is surprisingly receptive. All he has to do is sign some papers, he’s told, and he’ll be paid a handsome fee. And everything does go smoothly, until it comes to getting a check co-signed by the rebel leader.....

    John says: "One of the Very Best"
  • Epitaph for a Spy | Eric Ambler

    Epitaph for a Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By David Holt
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    Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian language teacher, decides to break his journey from Nice to Paris at a windswept coastal town where his solitary nightmare begins. He collects his photographs from the chemist only to discover that the pictures are not of lizards at all, but military sites.

    Heimo says: "excellent"
  • The Maras Affair | Eric Ambler

    The Maras Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Wiliam Gaminara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Charles Burton, journalist, cannot get work past Iron Curtain censors and knows he should leave the country. However, he is in love with his secretary, Anna Maras, and she is in danger. Then the President is assassinated and one of Burton’s office workers is found dead. He decides to smuggle Anna out of the country, but her reluctance impedes him, as does being sought by secret police and counterrevolutionaries alike.

  • The Levanter | Eric Ambler

    The Levanter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Tim Bentinck
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    (35)
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    Syria, 1970. Three years after the Six-Day War. Michael Howell is utterly apolitical and genetically programmed for survival, a Levantine of mixed origin with an Italian mistress and profitable business enterprises throughout the Middle East. Life is sweet for Howell until, one night in Damascus, he discovers that his factories have become the clandestine operations base for a fanatical terrorist organization dead set on destroying Israel. Suddenly, Howell is caught in the middle, with nowhere to run.

    Bull says: "Discovery of great new narrator!"
  • A Kind of Anger | Eric Ambler

    A Kind of Anger

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A Kind of Anger combines a satire of a paparazzi-driven media culture with a gritty espionage tale. Just six weeks ago, Lucia Bernardi fled the villa where her lover died. And then she vanished. The police, the tabloids and even the real killers all want to find her. Disgraced reporter Piet Maas searches for and then finds Lucia, in the south of France. There he faces a conundrum - publish her amazing story, reviving his career but guaranteeing her death - or join in her grand extortion, and risk both their lives.

    John says: "Ambler is good but not his best"
  • The Schirmer Inheritance | Eric Ambler

    The Schirmer Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
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    (27)
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    Former bomber pilot George Carey becomes a lawyer and his first job with a Philadelphia firm looks tedious - he is asked to read through a large quantity of files to ensure nothing has been missed in an inheritance case where there is no traceable heir. His discoveries, however, lead to unforeseen adventures and real danger in post-war Greece.

    Jean says: "Hunting for an heir"
  • Dr Frigo | Eric Ambler

    Dr Frigo

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A coup d'etat in a Caribbean state causes a political storm in the region and even the seemingly impassive and impersonal Doctor Castillo, nicknamed Doctor Frigo, cannot escape the consequences. As things heat up, Frigo finds that both his profession and life are horribly at risk.

    Ctanley X says: "Corruption in the Americas, Ambler Style."
  • Dirty Story: Arthur Abdel Series, Book 2 | Eric Ambler

    Dirty Story: Arthur Abdel Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
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    Eric Ambler reprises his greatest character, Arthur Abdel Simpson from Light of Day (aka Topkapi), in an entirely new adventure set in the heart of Africa. Simpson, anti-hero and general cad is up against it again - 'it' being the injustice of life in general. Passport shopping, responsibility-avoiding, and general dodginess ensue. Another great yarn from master thriller writer Eric Ambler whom Graham Greene noted was "unquestionably our best thriller writer".

  • The Light of Day: Arthur Simpson, Book 1 | Eric Ambler

    The Light of Day: Arthur Simpson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Arthur Abdel Simpson first spots Harper in the Athens airport, he recognizes him as a tourist unfamiliar with the city and in need of a private driver - in other words, the perfect mark for Simpson’s brand of entrepreneurship. But Harper proves to be more the spider than the fly when he catches Simpson searching his wallet for traveler’s checks. Soon Simpson finds himself blackmailed into driving a suspicious car across the Turkish border. When he is caught again, this time by the police, he faces a choice: cooperate with the Turks and spy on his erstwhile colleagues or end up in one of Turkey’s notorious prisons.

    Mark Swoboda says: "A good yarn."
  • Cause for Alarm | Eric Ambler

    Cause for Alarm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Nicky Marlow needs a job. He’s engaged to be married and the employment market in Britain in 1937 is pretty slim. So when his fiancée points out the position with an English armaments manufacturer in Italy, he jumps at the chance. Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth about his predecessor’s departure and finds himself courted by two agents with dangerously different agendas.

    Old Squid says: "The Original Spy Novel"
  • The Dark Frontier | Eric Ambler

    The Dark Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Mark Elstob
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (18)
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    England, 1935. Physicist Henry Barstow is on holiday when he meets the mysterious Simon Groom, a representative for an armaments manufacturer. Groom invites the professor to Ixania, a small nation-state in Eastern Europe whose growing weapons program threatens to destabilize the region. Only after suffering a blow to the head - which muddles his brain into believing he is Conway Carruthers, international spy - does the mild-mannered physicist agree to visit Ixania.

    Darwin8u says: "Modern literary spy novel owes Ambler everything"
  • The Intercom Conspiracy | Eric Ambler

    The Intercom Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Meet Theodore Carter, the hard-living roustabout editor of a newspaper, Intercom, which focuses on intelligence matters. When the new owners of the paper begin to make available to Carter real classified information things spin out of control. The paper increasingly comes to the wrong type of attention, and so follows the introduction to A Coffin for Dimitrios crime writer anti-hero Charles Latimer. Latimer wants to spill the beans and go public. And then he disappears without warning.

    jack says: "Very Dated"
  • Judgement on Deltchev | Eric Ambler

    Judgement on Deltchev

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Tim Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Foster’s dramatic skill is well known in London’s West End theatres, so perhaps it wasn’t so surprising when he was hired by an American newspaper publisher to cover the trial of Yordan Delchev for treason. Accused of membership in the sinister Officer Corps Brotherhood and of masterminding a plot to assassinate his country’s leader, Delchev may in fact be a pawn and his trial all show.

    Darwin8u says: "Worth the read just for the kangaroo court"
  • Here Lies - An Autobiography | Eric Ambler

    Here Lies - An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Christopher Oxford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Finally we hear from the master himself. The writer whom Graham Greene called "unquestionably our best thriller writer" and who John le Carré once called "the source on which we all draw". If his 1985 autobiography, the self-deprecatingly entitled Here Lies Eric Ambler, is to be believed, his intention as a young man was to be a playwright. Ambler found a novel way (forgive the pun) to introduce his first full length work, by giving his girlfriend a bound page proof in a cinema on King's Road, Chelsea, just before the lights went down.

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