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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (115 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:
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1981. Ronald Reagan and François Mitterrand are sworn in as presidents of the Unites States and France, respectively. The tension due to Mitterrand’s French Communist support, however, is immediately defused when he gives Reagan the Farewell Dossier, a file he would later call “one of the greatest spy cases of the twentieth century.”

Vladimir Ippolitovitch 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 flailing career, Vetrov turns to alcohol. Desperate and needing redemption, he offers his services to the DST. Thus Agent Farewell is born. He uses his post within the KGB to steal and photocopy files of the USSR’s plans for the West, all under Brezhnev’s nose.

Probing further into Vetrov’s psychological profile than ever before, Kostin and Raynaud provide groundbreaking insight into the man whose life helped hasten the fall of the Communist Soviet Regime.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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