The Terminal Spy: A True Story of Espionage, Betrayal and Murder Audiobook, by Alan S. Cowell Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Alan S. Cowell Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781415957097

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In a page-turning narrative that reads like a thriller, an award-winning journalist exposes the troubling truth behind the world’s first act of nuclear terrorism. On November 1, 2006, Alexander Litvinenko sipped tea in London’s Millennium Hotel. Hours later the Russian émigré and former intelligence officer, who was sharply critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell ill and within days was rushed to the hospital. Fatally poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope slipped into his drink, Litvinenko issued a dramatic deathbed statement accusing Putin himself of engineering his murder. Alan S. Cowell, then London Bureau Chief of the New York Times, who covered the story from its inception, has written the definitive story of this assassination and of the profound international implications of this first act of nuclear terrorism. Who was Alexander Litvinenko? What had happened in Russia since the end of the cold war to make his life there untenable and in severe jeopardy even in England, the country that had granted him asylum? And how did he really die? The life of Alexander Litvinenko provides a riveting narrative in its own right, culminating in an event that rang alarm bells among western governments at the ease with which radioactive materials were deployed in a major Western capital to commit a unique crime. But it also evokes a wide range of other issues: Russia's lurch to authoritarianism, the return of the KGB to the Kremlin, the perils of a new cold war driven by Russia's oil riches and Vladimir Putin's thirst for power. Cowell provides a remarkable and detailed reconstruction both of how Litvinenko died and of the issues surrounding his murder. Drawing on exclusive reporting from Britain, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the United States, he traces in unprecedented detail the polonium trail leading from Russia's closed nuclear cities through Moscow and Hamburg to the Millenium Hotel in central London. He provides the most detailed step-by-step explanation of how and where polonium was found; how the assassins tried on several occasions to kill Litvinenko; and how they bungled a conspiracy that may have had more targets than Litvinenko himself.  With a colorful cast that includes the tycoons, spies, and killers who surrounded Litvinenko in the roller-coaster Russia of the 1990s, as well as the émigrés who flocked to London in such numbers that the British capital earned the sobriquet “Londongrad,” this book lays out the events that allowed an accused killer to escape prosecution in a delicate diplomatic minuet that helped save face for the authorities in London and Moscow. A masterful work of investigative reporting, The Terminal Spy offers unprecedented insight into one of the most chilling true stories of our time.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Another chilling account of the long, deadly reach of Russia's intelligence services. "

    - Michael, 2/7/2014
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    " ARC,Donating "

    - Lauren, 1/3/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very interesting story, but this book is not written well. "

    - Ben, 11/9/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This is a true story of a Russian spy that was killed by poison. I had a really heard time getting through this but about half way through it started to get better. Depicted Russia as a Mafia invested Country with alot of greed, power and violence. Sad story!! "

    - Marla, 10/14/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An journalist documentary "

    - Gustaf, 7/27/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Based upon a 2006 account of Russia's President Pudin and how a spy/traitor was killed by an old adjective of poisioning. Death by leathal does of pollum that was given to the spy/traitor in the Cold War times as a harsh death sentence. A good read if interested in actual accounts of murder. "

    - Shandra, 6/14/2013
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Very hard to get through the entire book. Is not really a thriller as implied, but a very much a historical account. "

    - Hayley, 7/23/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " very interesting nonfiction story of Russian spy who was poisoned with radioactive material a few years ago in London "

    - Jim, 7/2/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Its unbelievable to acknowledge this is real life and not some fiction story. "

    - Tina, 8/18/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fascinating subject but not a fascinating book. Portions of the book are really well written but somehow strung together the story was not so cohesive. "

    - Andrea, 7/23/2011
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This is a true story of a Russian spy that was killed by poison. I had a really heard time getting through this but about half way through it started to get better. Depicted Russia as a Mafia invested Country with alot of greed, power and violence. Sad story!! "

    - Marla, 12/18/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Based upon a 2006 account of Russia's President Pudin and how a spy/traitor was killed by an old adjective of poisioning. Death by leathal does of pollum that was given to the spy/traitor in the Cold War times as a harsh death sentence. A good read if interested in actual accounts of murder. "

    - Shandra, 4/2/2009
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Three lessons: -- avoid contact with polonimum 210 -- never criticize the Russian FSB or Russian oligarchs -- work for the separation of wealth and power in the U.S. as a cornerstone of democracy "

    - Fred, 2/16/2009
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Its unbelievable to acknowledge this is real life and not some fiction story. "

    - Tina, 11/17/2008
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Very interesting story, but this book is not written well. "

    - Ben, 10/13/2008
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " very interesting nonfiction story of Russian spy who was poisoned with radioactive material a few years ago in London "

    - Jim, 9/27/2008
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Fascinating subject but not a fascinating book. Portions of the book are really well written but somehow strung together the story was not so cohesive. "

    - Andrea, 8/21/2008

About the Author

Alan S. Cowell served as a correspondent for Reuters and the New York Times in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has been based in twelve capitals and reported the news from around ninety countries and territories. Cowell is married and has three children. He is now based in Paris. 

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.