John Russell

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,033 ratings

Zoo Station Publisher's Summary

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.

Then, an acquaintance from his communist days approaches him to do some work for the Soviets. Russell is reluctant but ultimately unable to resist. He becomes involved in other dangerous activities, 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.

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  • Book 1

    • Zoo Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 393
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 345
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 339

    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

    • 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

  • Book 2

    • Silesian Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165

    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

    • 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

  • Book 3

    • Stettin Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145

    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

    • 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

  • Book 4

    • Potsdam Station

    • By: David Downing
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    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

  • Book 5

    • 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

  • Book 6

    • 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