Billion-Dollar Brain

  • by Len Deighton
  • Narrated by James Lailey
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The classic spy thriller of lethal computer-age intrigue and a maniac's private cold war, featuring the same anonymous narrator and milieu of The Ipcress File.
The fourth of Deighton's novels to be narrated by the unnamed employee of WOOC(P) is the thrilling story of an anti-communist espionage network owned by a Texan billionaire, General Midwinter, run from a vast computer complex known as the Brain. After having been recruited by Harvey Newbegin, the narrator travels from the bone-freezing winter of Helsinki, Riga, and Leningrad, to the stifling heat of Texas, and soon finds himself tangling with enemies on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

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What the Critics Say

"Dazzlingly intelligent and subtle." (Sunday Times)
"Such credibility, such accurate line-by-line beaming of a sheer sense of the actual…a glittering, wintry entertainment." (The Guardian)
"Worthy of Raymond Chandler…intelligent…inventive…constantly entertaining." (Sunday Telegraph)

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Cold War Masterpiece

If you could sum up Billion-Dollar Brain in three words, what would they be?

Classic, soviet, gripping


What was one of the most memorable moments of Billion-Dollar Brain?

Any times our hero talks to the Russian General is fantastic


What about James Lailey’s performance did you like?

Perfect. Loved the Michael Caine style voice of course, but all the characters are so well done. Brilliant.


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

It's not very emotional although there is a lot of loyalty in question


Any additional comments?

The best of the series for me. The locations and story is very very good. Love the characters in this one. Very well written as you would expect. And some good old fashioned Cold War spy craft. Loved this book.

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- A. Curtis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited