The Russia House

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Michael Jayston
  • 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is the third summer of perestroika. Niki Landau, philanderer and travelling rep, attends the first Moscow audio fair and is asked by beautiful young Katya to take a parcel back to England.
It’s addressed to Barley Blair, jazz-player and drinker, and contains information vital to the defence of the West. But times and heroes are changing. And Barley Blair is a man who makes his own rules of engagement.

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Most Helpful

Perfect voice for the master's stories

John Le Carre writes quite amazing stories - about flawed innocents with pure intentions caught up in the mendacities of the real word. There is something about Michael Jayston's voice, the slightly jaded world-weariness, that makes it quite the perfect vehicle for Le Carre's writing.
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- Peter

Not one of le Carre's best

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Weak plot and too much padding makes this no more than two stars.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Jayston?

The narrator uses a whisper, particularly with female voices, so it can be difficult to follow without the text or by adjusting the volume.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Russia House?

Most chapters could have sections removed without affecting the weak plot.


Any additional comments?

This is really a short storey expanded into a too long novel.

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- Incompertus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.