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2.83 out of 52.83 out of 52.83 out of 52.83 out of 52.83 out of 5 2.83 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781469243177
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1981: Ronald Reagan’s inauguration marks a new escalation in the United States’ Cold War with the USSR. Months later, François Mitterrand is elected president of France with the support of the French Communist Party. The predicted tension between these two men, however, is immediately defused when Mitterrand gives Reagan the Farewell dossier, a file he would later call “one of the greatest spy cases of the twentieth century.”

Vladimir Ippolitovich Vetrov, a promising technical student, joins the KGB to work as a spy. Following a couple of murky incidents, however, Vetrov is removed from the field and placed at a desk as an analyst. Soon, burdened by a troubled marriage and frustrated at a failing career, Vetrov turns to alcohol. Desperate and in need of redemption, in 1980 he offers his services to the DST, the French counterintelligence service. Thus Agent Farewell is born. Soon he is sneaking files and photographing sensitive documents, keeping the West informed of the USSR’s plans—right in the heart of KGB headquarters.

The most complete account of these dramatic events ever recorded, Kostin and Raynaud’s thorough investigation is a fascinating tour de force. Probing further into Vetrov’s psychological profile than ever before, they provide groundbreaking insight into the man whose life helped hasten the end of the Cold War.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vetrov is 007’s opposite: a shambolic bear of a man, albeit with the requisite indestructible liver (and penchant for a basement quickie with the secretary).”

    Sunday Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Miller | 1/11/2014

    " An interesting look into the reason why a KGB agent would betray his country and the huge impact his information had on dismantling the already weak Soviet Political System. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 12/7/2013

    " A very disappointing read. If you are interested in espionage and the life of a secret agent, go find another book. If you are interested in a wife's story about her trips abroad and what she thinks happened to her secret agent husband then get this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michel Brooks | 11/13/2013

    " Awesome writing and historical story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tal | 8/26/2013

    " Interesting true story of one of the greatest Russian KGB spy's turned By the French. It's a slow read at times but his impact during the early Reagan / Mitterand years is truly amazing and makes the book worthwhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Metageek | 8/24/2013

    " A good story/history of what appears to be the most important spy of recent times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 7/15/2013

    " Wanted to like it more. Story in very interesting, very boring writing. Didn't finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Thelen | 7/3/2013

    " Slightly difficult to read since its been translated from French but a gripping, true story of real 20th century espionage. Worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 6/15/2013

    " A fascinating account of amazing research into the life of a Russian mole. Slow, but gripping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roy | 5/19/2013

    " Some very interesting parts but really could have been a long article. Also between the writing style and the translation it didn't come across as well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Newhamshter | 3/18/2013

    " This was a long read that took me a while to get through. Very interesting story and very thoroughly told - I love the interviews from numerous sides w/ interspersed opinions. But this is written more like an article and less like a story, so was a little drudgy at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 1/24/2013

    " interesting story overwritten with too much detail and a clunky translation. abandoned probably 2/5 of the way through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brooke | 12/30/2012

    " Terribly slow. "

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About the Author

Sergei Kostin is a Russian documentary maker and writer living in Moscow. He is author of four nonfiction books, mainly about secret services, translated in eight languages, and four spy novels published in Russia, the USA, Bulgaria, and Serbia.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.