Berlin Game : Bernard Samson

  • by Len Deighton
  • Narrated by James Lailey
  • Series: Bernard Samson
  • 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, Game, Set, and Match, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin.
He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. 'Brahms Four' was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. There was only one Englishman he trusted any more: someone from the old days.So they decided to put Bernard Samson back into the field after five sedentary years of flying a desk. The field is Berlin.
The game is as baffling, treacherous and lethal as ever.


What the Critics Say

"Deighton's best novel to date - sharp, witty and sour, like Raymond Chandler adapted to British gloom and the multiple betrayals of the private spy" (Observer)
"Sheer consistent rightness page after page after page" (The Times)
"Virtuoso top level performance" (Guardian)
"A masterly performance, the best thing Deighton has done since SS-GB" (Sunday Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Now I want the rest!

Where does Berlin Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Given that this book is 30 years old, you are probably only reading this if you are a fan, or want to revisit the novel in audible format. Well the news is good, a it is still as good as the first time you read it.

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

Lailey does a great job of reading this story. For me his voice fits Samson wonderfully and he can actually read what it put in front of him and make it sound convincing. His performance in this story is up there with a Longworth or a Rintoul.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are a few wonderful moments that brought a smile to my face.

Any additional comments?

The first of three of three (1) Game, Set, Match (2) Hook, Line, Sinker (3) Faith, Hope, Charity, hopefully audible will see sense and release all 9, or at the bareset minimum the first three, because although the story is compartmentalised it is best as a trilogy.

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- Mark

Forgotten heroes of the spy story

Would you consider the audio edition of Berlin Game to be better than the print version?


What did you like best about this story?

nostalgia for the cold war and Len Deighton, possibly overlooked in favour of Le Carre, but this is a terrific story from a true polymath writer

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

I think he sort of impersonates Michael Caine in a subtle way and it works !

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no. I prefer my audiobooks in hourly doses of joy in my busy day

Any additional comments?

I even really enjoyed the author's note (much later) at the end.

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- mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-06-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing Limited