The Russia House

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Le Carre

Narrated By: Michael Jayston

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: March 2013

Duration: 13 hours 55 minutes


"The Soviet knight is dying inside his armour."

"Glasnost" is on everyone's lips, but the rules of the game haven't changed for either side. When a beautiful Russian woman foists off a manuscript on an unwitting bystander at the Moscow Book Fair, it's a miracle that she flies under the Soviets' radar. Or does she? The woman's source (codename: Bluebird) will trust only Barley Blair, a whiskey-soaked gentleman publisher with a poet's heart. Coerced by British and American Intelligence, Blair journeys to Moscow to determine whether Bluebird's manuscript contains the truth-or the darkest of fictions.At once poignant and suspenseful, John le Carre's The Russia House is a captivating saga of lives caught in the crosshairs of history.


  • Will Hunt

    Michael Jayston really thrives as a narrator here, and the listening experience really enhances the book. This isn't my favorite novel by LeCarre, however, the Sean Connery movie regardless; the narrative meanders a bit too much, and the discursive thought makes shifting from one character to another difficult to follow. This seems to be a hallmark of the older Le Carre. Overall, this is still a great book, not only for the readerly experience but also because it is a poignant examination of how we perceive the Cold War in retrospect.