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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,543 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Frayn Narrator: Martin Jarvis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live, the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackouts at night and a single random bomb-site. But the two boys suspect that the ordinary houses in the Close and their inhabitants are not what they seem. As Keith, the leader, informs the trusting Stephen, the whole district is riddled with secret passages, hideaways for any number of murderers, unsung war heroes, and secret agents. Then one day Keith announces that the Germans have infiltrated his own family. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Paul | 2/18/2014

    " It's so strange to me that almost all the way through this book I knew what was happening, knew what characters were being alluded to, and even, to some extent, what would eventually become of them. And yet still I finished this book with a sense of confusion and somehow unsatisfied by it all. Not that there's anything wrong with that of course, not really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carson Andreas | 1/30/2014

    " What a beautiful piece of writing. The title is only slightly, wryly ironic as I found this to be a Rite Of Passage story, and a beautifully evoked one at that. To say that the bulk of the story is told in flashback would be to put it too crudely but technically speaking I suppose it it. It's as much about the excruciating nuances of the English class system, the general awkwardness of youth and the fallibility of memory itself as it is about the events themselves (a particular summer of WW2 era suburban England) , as observed once through the prism of the young Stephen and then again through the older, more bittersweet prism of the older Stephen. But this is no Waugh-esque cloying nostalgia, but something much more honest and real. A fantastic read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/28/2014

    " One of my all time favorites. Crisp, elegant, and stunning. Stays with you.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe Hanna | 1/14/2014

    " Spies for me was an utter disappointment. The best bit about Spies is reading the one star reviews on Amazon which were hilarious. Unlike Spies, I will be brief. I didn't care about or empathise with the characters for a second. The book is unequivocally dry and tasteless. The plot could be written out in ten pages without reference to every bloody sense the old codger feels standing on a street. No I'm not in the mood to trudge through the long winded and over the top descriptions of a random London street to actually find a storyline. An epic ending of a plethora of exciting conclusions haphazardly falls out of the book to shock you awake which is nice. My advice, unless you are forced to for A level, avoid it at all costs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janis Williams | 1/11/2014

    " Excellent novel set in wartime England. Young boys playing spies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ronnie | 1/10/2014

    " Not sure about this one. A quick read but not terribly satisfying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 12/23/2013

    " Being perfectly honest the only interesting thing about this was the way it was written, the plot was pretty much non existent and I didn't relate to the characters at all. I'm hoping AS English isn't all as boring as this book was! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 8/23/2013

    " Stephen Wheatley and his friend Kevin decide to keep watch on Kevin's mother, pretending whe is a German spy during WWII in England. This game leads Stephen to uncomfortable discoveries about himself, his relationship with Kevin, and the adult world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taddie | 8/12/2013

    " The story started intersting with a play of two boys, but it developed slow and got boring. In the end it was getting better and but then there was no big turning point. Intersting, but the text on the back of the book sounded better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/11/2013

    " If you liked the mix of nostalgia, mystery, and themes of lost innocence in When We Were Orphans, Spies will pretty much be right up your alley. If you didn't read When We Were Orphans, read this anyway, cause it's good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tony | 6/17/2013

    " Ultimately sad; a cruel streak in this book, right up to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 notgettingenough | 6/13/2013

    " It's not going to change your life, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lloyd | 5/26/2013

    " Just fine; picks up towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregg Runburg | 3/31/2013

    " I had read Headlong, also by Frayn, a long time ago and frankly didn't remember a thing about it. This one's more memorable -- the story of an elderly Englishman, visiting the neighborhood he grew up in and reliving a formative episode of his wartime, youthful self. Well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 12/25/2012

    " Excellent novel set in England during WWII - about how children perceive reality, what they do and don't notice and understand and how that changes over time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/23/2012

    " It was an easy read. The second half more compelling than the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Landis | 9/15/2011

    " want to read this one again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 9/3/2011

    " Good book, nice plot twists. I liked it, although some parts I found extremely boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Persephone | 5/2/2011

    " A pointless and plotless novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.K. Kenyon | 3/25/2011

    " This is an excellent, quiet book. It's not a car chase-type spies book. It's a sweet, lovely, character-driven coming-of-age in a very English way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fi | 3/11/2011

    " The 'feel' of a forties/fifties childhood was extremely well captured - I could really identify with the way the children's minds worked; and the story had enough twists & turns to keep me guessing.
    Great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra | 2/23/2011

    " A little slow at points but not a bad read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/24/2011

    " One of my all time favorites. Crisp, elegant, and stunning. Stays with you.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gregg | 1/12/2011

    " I had read Headlong, also by Frayn, a long time ago and frankly didn't remember a thing about it. This one's more memorable -- the story of an elderly Englishman, visiting the neighborhood he grew up in and reliving a formative episode of his wartime, youthful self. Well-written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/3/2011

    " Don't remember it, so must not have made much of an impact on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lila | 12/21/2010

    " I am reading Frayn's Headlong now and decided to rate Spies which I read some time ago and liked a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maciek | 6/24/2010

    " "Spies" is a coming of age story, a mystery, a war novel, and a big leap into childhood from adolescence - and back. I can't say much more beacuse I'm at a loss for words - and it's all Michael Frayn's fault. The guy is brilliant - and so is the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alvina | 6/20/2010

    " Post modernist, but i liked the whole, him being Jewish in the end thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 6/16/2010

    " Two boys begin following the mother of one of them, who is secretly meeting a man. Clearly, she must be a spy. Hugely entertaining novel from the writer of 'Headlong'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 6/6/2010

    " Stephen Wheatley and his friend Kevin decide to keep watch on Kevin's mother, pretending whe is a German spy during WWII in England. This game leads Stephen to uncomfortable discoveries about himself, his relationship with Kevin, and the adult world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 4/16/2010

    " Humorous book about two young adolescent friends in England around wwII, convinced one of their mothers is a spy. Interesting twist at the end. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn is the author of thirteen plays, including the classic comedy Noises Off, and Copenhagen, which was named Play of the Year by the Evening Standard and won the Drama Critics Circle award. Frayn has also written seven novels and three screenplays, as well as being a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and translator of Chekhov. Headlong is his first novel to appear in the United States since 1993. He lives in London.

About the Narrator

Martin Jarvis, OBE, has recorded more than 150 Just William stories for the BBC. These have become international audio bestsellers. He won the Theatre World Award for his starring role on Broadway in By Jeeves; his West End appearances include works by Ayckbourn, Frayn, Pinter, and Wilde. Screen successes include everything from Stargate Atlantis, Doctor Who, and Numb3rs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Oscar-winning Titanic.