• Bridge of Spies

  • A True Story of the Cold War
  • By: Giles Whittell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-04-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Soundings
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (57 ratings)

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.
©2010 Giles Whittell (P)2011 Soundings
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2 out of 5 stars
By Mr. on 13-04-18

Beyond dull.

A lash up of basic Cold War history, any of which could be accessed from Wikipedia without taxing anyone's brain, and a few moronic conspiracy tropes chucked into the mix. The narration just about copes with the porridge like prose, but the Archangel Gabriel couldn't make this sound anything more than average. I watched the truly awful film and thought the source material couldn't possibly be worse, but I was wrong about that. Sententious, pretentious, infantile. A proper con job.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-03-18

Didn’t excite me

It started ok. But got boring really quickly and kept jumping from different years to people for no reason.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anthony Taylor on 24-03-14

Gripping - far better then expected.

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

I downloaded this book on a whim, wasn't expecting that much but it turned out to be a gripping read/listen. One of the best audio books I've downloaded.

What other book might you compare Bridge of Spies to and why?

If you like history, particularly the cold war era, then this book would be a great listen. The explanation of the U2 incident was excellent and I learnt a lot.

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

Great narration, adds a great deal to the book.

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

Nope!

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