• Trans-Siberian Express

  • By: Warren Adler
  • Narrated by: Mark Sando
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Stonehouse Productions
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)

Summary

International intrigue and suspense on the world's longest and most exotic train ride.
During the bad old days of the Soviet Union, famous American cancer specialist Dr. Alex Cousins is sent by the president of the United States to Russia to prolong the life of the secretary general of the Politburo. While in Russia, Cousins learns that the Soviets plan to attack China.
Suspecting that he knows their secret, the Soviets send him home via the Trans-Siberian Express, which, they hope, will keep him silent until it is too late to stop the attack. On the train he meets a beautiful KGB agent who has been ordered to keep him under surveillance until the trip is over. The inevitable occurs as Cousins and the gorgeous Soviet agent transcend political implications and fall desperately in love.
This powerful love story will keep the listener transfixed and absorbed as the Trans-Siberian Express speeds its way across the vastness of Siberia.
©1978 Warren Adler (P)2016 Warren Adler
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By James on 26-02-17

Review

Much like a train, it starts off slowly, building up speed till it's fairly rattling along

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 02-08-16

"into the wilderness of his grandfather's memories

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book was first written during the time of the Cold War, when fear of a nuclear conflagration and suspicion between the West and the Soviet Union was rife. For those of us old enough to have lived through this time, it evokes memories of that constant underlying terror. For those who did not experience this, the tensions are still readily apparent, the story still fresh and so, yes, I would definitely recommend the Trans-Siberian Express to anyone who enjoys a well written, character based thriller.

What did you like best about this story?

The story encapsulates a mini community of varied nationalities all travelling together and, essentially, isolated from the rest of the world for several days. The prime story, the 'gift' to the doctor of the experience to travel on the railway his grandfather had helped build many years before, and the fears associated with it because of the knowledge he carried, is skillfully interspersed with the lives, hopes and fears of the other travellers. Each characterisation is rounded and full but only provided in small glimpses. Who is really what they seem to be? Will the doctor live to see his home again?

Any additional comments?

Other than an occasionally oddly pronounced word - probably the difference between the usage in Britain and the U.S. - Mark Sando's reading is flawless. And it is a reading, not a performance, with no attempt to differently voice each character. The book in no way suffers from this. Indeed, in a strange way it seems to heighten the feeling of travelling in an earlier period.An intelligent book to enjoy for its complexity of motives and ideas as well as the thrills associated with survival
Thank you to the person who sent me a complementary copy, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for an honest review. This I have given.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Darren on 26-10-16

Cold War Era Classic

Would you listen to Trans-Siberian Express again? Why?

I read and enjoyed this book years ago and was curious to listen to it when it became available via audiobook; I wasn't disappointed. I would listen to it again after some time.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot in the book was excellent. Tense from the very beginning; the themes are of course from a different era set in cold war Russia but the story itself is very character driven and revolves around a few individuals so it's easy to get caught up in the tight story.

What does Mark Sando bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This is the first book I have heard Mark narrate. He read clearly and well; didn't have any annoying traits which is a hugh plus for me. Mark is a great narrator; and I would certaintly listen to his narration again.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Blood on the tracks.

Any additional comments?

Was great to 'read' the book again in audio book form. It has held up remarkably well for a book which is now 40 years old. The settings the book is written in might no longer be the same to the human story and the cat and mouse game involved is every bit as relavant today. Brilliant book.


*I received this book for free in return for and honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By The Lone Mopper on 27-07-16

Suspense, cold war style

What did you love best about Trans-Siberian Express?

I loved the setting of the train and that's all your going to get since I don't do review with spoilers.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Excellent story, keeps you interested from the start

Have you listened to any of Mark Sando’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he is now on my list of narrators to watch for

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