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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Goldfarb, Marina Litvinenko Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780743569354
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The story that the Kremlin does not want you to hear.

The assassination of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander "Sasha" Litvinenko in November 2006 -- poisoned by the rare radioactive element polonium -- caused an international sensation. Within a few short weeks, the fit forty-three-year-old lay gaunt, bald, and dying in a hospital, the victim of a "tiny nuclear bomb." Suspicions swirled around Russia's FSB, the successor to the KGB, and the Putin regime. But what really happened? What did Litvinenko know? And why was he killed?

The full story as told by the only two people who can tell it all -- Litvinenko's closest friend Alex Goldfarb, and his widow, Marina -- Death of a Dissident opens a window into the dark heart of the Putin Kremlin. With its strong-arm tactics, tight control over the media, and penetration of all levels of government, it is clear that the old KGB is back with a vengeance. Death of a Dissident sounds like a political thriller, yet its story is more fantastic and frightening than any novel. Sasha Litvinenko dedicated his life to exposing this truth. It took his diabolical murder for the world to listen. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This chronicle by friend Alex Goldfarb and Litvinenko’s wife, Marina, reads like the best le Carré or Clancy, and Dennis Boutsikaris is a wise choice for narrator. ” 

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray | 12/30/2013

    " I found this audiobook a little hard to follow, especially keeping the Russian names straight, and thought it wandered off topic more than I liked. Plus the final police investigation files haven't been released yet, so there's still some speculation as to who / how the agent was poisoned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ahmad Saidi | 12/17/2013

    " Wanna know how dirty the kgb n the mi6 can get? Read this book.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Maguire | 12/15/2013

    " One of many books that will show you how evil Putin is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Wallace | 11/30/2013

    " Extraordinary book; particularly interesting given that the recent Boston marathon bombings suspects are Chechen and Russia's involvement in the investigation. Sasha Litvinenko is a modern day hero and Putin is one scary SOB. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Johnson | 10/6/2013

    " If you're tempted to think the US had embarked on a new era of amity with the kinder, gentler rump of the old Soviet Union this is a must-read. Eye-opening. Chilling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 9/24/2013

    " A fascinating story of the life of the world's first known victim of polonium poisoning. Looking into this book, and you will see Putin's soul and more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B. Preston | 9/15/2013

    " Reading this book was a sobering experience. Unfortunately, there is an "Old Guard" in Russia still behaving like the bad old days of the Soviet Union. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger Boyle | 4/25/2013

    " Much more about the Russian political scene than they ghastly but fascinating murder. AL himself is painted as a good guy but it doesn't work for me! Good book if you want to understand how Yeltsin and Putin did it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irina | 12/20/2012

    " VEry interesting book- fictionalized but real story of russian spy poisoned in London in 2007 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/1/2012

    " I definitely need to learn more about Russian politics and the KGB before attempting this book again. I think it will be interesting when I have a little background knowledge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 5/5/2012

    " A must read for Russia watchers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G-- | 3/5/2012

    " Conspiracy theory at its finest--i.e. it is conceivable, even believable that Putin did order this murder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/13/2012

    " Pretty compelling book, although it is doubtful anyone will ever be brought to justice for Litvinenko's murder. I remember reading the story and especially seeing the picture of him after he was poisoned. Pretty unforgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staggerlee337 | 12/21/2011

    " Given that journalists in Russia are being killed for reporting the truth, it's interesting how much this book reveals. Chilling. Nowhere on the planet is safe from Putin if he wants to find you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Motorcycle | 8/15/2010

    " It wasn't very well written, and I got the feeling that the author was pretty excited about himself. But it was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 8/11/2010

    " If you can get past the minor confusion of some similarly named principals (e.g. two men named Boris), you will learn just how evil Vladimir Putin is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ | 5/8/2010

    " If you can get past the minor confusion of some similarly named principals (e.g. two men named Boris), you will learn just how evil Vladimir Putin is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irina | 12/24/2009

    " VEry interesting book- fictionalized but real story of russian spy poisoned in London in 2007 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B. | 5/12/2009

    " Reading this book was a sobering experience. Unfortunately, there is an "Old Guard" in Russia still behaving like the bad old days of the Soviet Union. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Motorcycle | 4/7/2009

    " It wasn't very well written, and I got the feeling that the author was pretty excited about himself. But it was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G-- | 10/2/2008

    " Conspiracy theory at its finest--i.e. it is conceivable, even believable that Putin did order this murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staggerlee337 | 6/26/2008

    " Given that journalists in Russia are being killed for reporting the truth, it's interesting how much this book reveals. Chilling. Nowhere on the planet is safe from Putin if he wants to find you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray | 2/13/2008

    " I found this audiobook a little hard to follow, especially keeping the Russian names straight, and thought it wandered off topic more than I liked. Plus the final police investigation files haven't been released yet, so there's still some speculation as to who / how the agent was poisoned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 2/7/2008

    " A must read for Russia watchers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/3/2007

    " I definitely need to learn more about Russian politics and the KGB before attempting this book again. I think it will be interesting when I have a little background knowledge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R.Joseph | 9/3/2007

    " This is the story of Alexander “Sasha” Litvinenko, the ex Russian FSB officer who was killed in London with radioactive polonium. The story paints a bleak picture of Russia and Putin. Fast read, some confusion with all the Russian names and nicknames they develop for each other. "

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About the Author

Alex Goldfarb, Ph.D. was a dissident Russian scientist before leaving to join the faculty of Columbia University. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he returned to direct charitable initiatives throughout Russia. He befriended Alexander Litvinenko, former KGB officer working to expose government abuses and assisted him with his memoirs. He also coauthored a book with Litvinenko’s widow about his controversial death. Goldfarb now works with the International Foundation for Civil Liberties.

About the Narrator

Dennis Boutsikaris has won two Obie Awards, one for his performance in Sight Unseen, and played Mozart in Amadeus on Broadway. Among his films are W.Batteries Not Included, The Dream Team, and Boys on the Side. He is a recipient of both Audie and Earphones Awards and has read over 140 audiobooks.