Bridge of Spies

  • by Giles Whittell
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Just who were the three men the Soviet and American superpowers exchanged on Berlin's Glienicke Bridge on February 10, 1962? Bridge of Spies is the true story of those men - Rudolf Abel, a Soviet Spy who was a master of disguise; Gary Powers, an American who was captured when his spy plane was shot down; and Frederic Pryor, a young American doctor mistakenly identified as a spy.
The men in this three-way political swap had been drawn into the nadir of the Cold War by duty and curiosity, and the same tragicomedy of errors that induced Khrushchev to send missiles to Castro. They were rescued against daunting odds by fate and by their families, and then all but forgotten.
This is their story.

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Customer Reviews

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Interesting, very good narrator. Good read

Well narrated. Interesting subject. In depth without being boring good read for any cold war fans
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- Jake

Excellent start to finish

Would you consider the audio edition of Bridge of Spies to be better than the print version?

I would but only as I haven't had a chance to read the hardcopy. This has been my commuting companion.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Donovan as he had great nerve and went up against two superpowers. In the first instance he tried to defend Abel or Fischer as we come to know him instead of pretending like the US government wanted him to. Again when he negotiated with Soviets and the with CIA when he wanted priors.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

This is an historic event so I enjoyed the ingenuity shown by Donovan when dealing with bureaucrats.


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

Both.


Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story with a bittersweet ending. The cold war made everyone a little crazy. No one except Donovan came off smelling of Roses.

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- Teresa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2012
  • Publisher: Soundings