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Young Philby

A Novel

Robert Littell; Read by John Lee

Macmillan Audio

An elegant, twisty spy story by a true master of the craft  Bestselling novelist Robert Littell employs all his considerable skills in telling the story of Kim Philby through the eyes of more than twenty true-life characters. As each layer is revealed, the question arises: Who really was this man? When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most infamous double agent in history. A member of Britain's intelligence service since World War II, he had risen to become their chief officer in Washington, D.C. after the war. The exposure of other members of the group of double agents known as the Cambridge Five led to the revelation that he had been working for Russia for even longer than he had been part of MI6. Yet he escaped, and spent the last twenty-five years of his life in Moscow.  In Young Philby, Robert Littell tells the story of the spy's early years. In the words of his friends, lovers, and Soviet handlers we see the development of a fascinating, flawed man who kept people guessing about his ideals and allegiances until the very end.

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1: VIENNA, LATE SUMMER 1933
 


Where an Englishman Wanders into the Wrong Century
The Englishman came from another planet looking, no doubt, for adventure, a cause to believe in, comradeship, affection, love, sex. His luck, he found someone who dyed her hair so often she was no longer sure of the original color: me. We were roughly the same age—he was twenty-one and fresh from university when he made his way to my flat in the center of the city—but any resemblance between our life lines ended there. I was half Jewess and half not, with the two parts of my identity
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“John Lee makes this novel based on the true story of one of the twentieth century’s most notorious spies, “Kim” Philby, as riveting an account as a listener could wish for...Lee’s performance brings credible insights into the early techniques of spycraft during WWII and the Cold War as well as offering fascinating character portraits of some of those who influenced the young agent.” – AudioFile Magazine
 

“John Lee gives each character an authentic accent, German, Russian, upper-crust Brit, even Philby’s ever-present stutter, as he skillfully moves the narration along.” – BookPage

“John Lee makes this novel based on the true story of one of the twentieth century’s most notorious spies, “Kim” Philby, as riveting an account as a listener could wish for...Lee’s performance brings credible insights into the early techniques of spycraft during WWII and the Cold War as well as offering fascinating character portraits of some of those who influenced the young agent.” – AudioFile Magazine
 

“John Lee gives each character an authentic accent, German, Russian, upper-crust Brit, even Philby’s ever-present stutter, as he skillfully moves the narration along.” – BookPage

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‘Young Philby,’ by Robert Littell, a spy novel that combines real and surreal - The Washington Post
A spy’s surreal early life is fertile ground for a master of the genre in Robert Littell’s “Young Philby.”
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  • Robert Littell; Read by John Lee

  • ROBERT LITTELL is the author of sixteen previous novels and the nonfiction book If Israel Lost the War, written with Shimon Peres, President of Israel. He has been awarded both the Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries. He lives in France.
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Young Philby

A Novel

Robert Littell; Read by John Lee

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