An Officer and a Spy: A novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robert Harris

Narrated By: David Rintoul

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2014

Duration: 16 hours 5 minutes

Summary:

Robert Harris returns to the thrilling historical fiction he has so brilliantly made his own. This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage.

Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of twenty-thousand. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that “proved” Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus’s guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military. As evidence of the most malignant deceit mounts and spirals inexorably toward the uppermost levels of government, Picquart is compelled to question not only the case against Dreyfus but also his most deeply held beliefs about his country, and about himself.

Bringing to life the scandal that mesmerized the world at the turn of the twentieth century, Robert Harris tells a tale of uncanny timeliness––a witch hunt, secret tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, the fate of a whistle-blower--richly dramatized with the singular storytelling mastery that has marked all of his internationally best-selling novels.

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  • Patricia K

    I listened to this book while in the car and enjoyed it so much I couldn't wait to have to run an errand! It's a mystery, some history, and a spy novel all rolled into one very compelling telling of something that happened over 100 years ago in France. 5 stars for the historical detail without getting bogged down 5 stars for the choice of narrator 5 stars for the audio version - read by David Rintoul 5 stars!

  • James Antoon

    Great account of the Dreyfus affair and the details surrounding the unbelievable actions of the French Army. Reader was wonderful.

  • Oleg Kozyrenko

    Fascinating and enlightening. Harris at his best re-telling some of the famous historical moments, giving them an intimate depth.