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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William F. Buckley Narrator: Geoffrey Blaisdell Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Blackford Oakes Mysteries Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455192601
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It’s 1956, and the Cold War is hot. Hungary has just fallen, and Blackford Oakes is back from Budapest, puzzling over a betrayal and mourning a tragedy he couldn’t prevent. But in Washington, as in the Kremlin, all attention is focused on the race to put the first satellite in space. Ironically, each has the secrets the other needs. The solution: kidnap a pair of extraordinary Russian scientists who can put the United States in the lead. Blackford Oakes is in charge, unaware that KGB spymaster Bolgin and a trio of vengeful Hungarian freedom fighters are hot on his trail. Oakes’ life and America’s future are on the line in this fast-paced thriller that is Buckley at his best.

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  • Who’s On First is a rollicking good read, easy to pick up, hard to put down!”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Geoffrey Blaisdell gives an effective performance of this Cold War saga. His characterizations, in particular, are strong. From Oakes’ steady, controlled voice to the voices of desperate Russians in a prison camp, a Hungarian woman, a U.S. ship’s captain, and, especially, a rambling American scientist—Blaisdell’s performance is fully credible. The narration sets a good pace for the listener to follow the espionage exploits of ‘Blackie’—and all of his assorted pseudonyms.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gene | 5/15/2013

    " This was perhaps one of Buckley's better spy novels. The characters seemed to come alive a bit more for me. The moral dilemma faced by Oakes is one that causes a lot of reflection in the reader. A good novel, but not so good that I feel bad to be finished with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 9/29/2008

    " This book started off a little slow, but once it got going it was hard to put down. Buckley is a very good storyteller. "

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About the Author

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925–2008)—a syndicated columnist, author, editor, television host, and adventurer—was the founder of National Review and the host of the Emmy Award–winning Firing Line, the longest-running public affairs program in television history with a single host. Buckley was the award-winning author of many bestsellers, starting with God and Man at Yale.

About the Narrator

Geoffrey Blaisdell is a professional actor who has appeared on and off Broadway, in Broadway national tours, and in regional theater.