• The Man from St. Petersburg

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Martin Shaw
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 18-03-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (11 ratings)


Follet's sensational best seller is set just before the outbreak of World War I, when Britain must enlist the aid of Russia. Czar Nicholas' nephew is to visit London for secret naval talks with Lord Walden, who has lived in Russia and has a Russian wife, Lydia. But there are other people who are interested in the arrival of Prince Alexei: the Waldens' only daughter, Charlotte - wilful, idealistic, and with an awakening social conscience; Basil Thomson, head of the Special Branch; and above all, Feliks Kschessinsky, the ruthless Russian anarchist. But little did anyone suspect that Lydia should recognise Feliks, or that she might put her own daughter's life at risk for his sake. As the secret negotiations progress, the destinies of these characters become ineluctably enmeshed. And, as Europe prepares for the catastrophe of war, the final private tragedy that will shatter the complacency of the Waldens is acted out.
© Ken Follett; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By BMW Adventure-Aprilia Scooter on 24-06-17

Ken Follett's Early Thrillers have little fat to Abridge. Full Length far more Entertaining

His early books are not History Lessons, but excellent Paperback Thrillers, ideal to distract during Trips etc.
Only offering Abridged versions is a disservice to members. There is simply not much to be distilled.
This effort falls between two Stools. You are never swept away or have the chance to care and understand the Characters.
Gave it 4 Stars as it has been over a Decade since enjoying the full novel & this was an Expensive Refresher. Hope that Key to Rebecca is re-released as an unabridged story, along with The Man from St. Petersburg & Lie Down with Lions.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Natalie on 15-11-10

The Man From St. Petersburg

I really don't like the abridged versions of books. With this one, I was a bit lost and the whole story fell flat; no meat on the bones, didn't work for me. I wish you wouldn't allow abridged versions of Ken Follett's books!

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