An Officer and a Spy

  • by Robert Harris
  • Narrated by David Rintoul
  • 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They lied to protect their country. He told the truth to save it. A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of Fatherland.
January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying ‘Death to the Jew!’ The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army’s youngest colonel and put in command of ‘the Statistical Section’ - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.
The spy, meanwhile, is given a punishment of medieval cruelty: Dreyfus is shipped off to a lifetime of solitary confinement on Devil’s Island - unable to speak to anyone, not even his guards, his case seems closed forever. But gradually Picquart comes to believe there is something rotten at the heart of the Statistical Section. When he discovers another German spy operating on French soil, his superiors are oddly reluctant to pursue it. Despite official warnings, Picquart persists, and soon the officer and the spy are in the same predicament...
Narrated by Picquart, An Officer and a Spy is a compelling recreation of a scandal that became the most famous miscarriage of justice in history. Compelling, too, are the echoes for our modern world: an intelligence agency gone rogue, justice corrupted in the name of national security, a newspaper witch hunt of a persecuted minority, and the age-old instinct of those in power to cover-up their crimes.

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Excellent Read

I enjoyed this book immensely. It appeared to be well researched and meticulously written. It was very credible and placed me in the period well. The theme of whistle blowing and the trauma that ensues for the whistleblower was consistent with my understanding of what happens.
The storyline is excellent and at times, I could not stop listening.

All in all, I highly recommend this audiobook.
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- Cynthea Wellings

The Best Book I have ever Listen too

Robert Harris is a fantastic writer and I can't wait to listen to 'The Ghost'. I read his 'Fatherland' years ago but wasn't too impressed, however this book is a must. Spies, military, government, 1895, France, Germany, intrigue it has the lot. This story would be unbelievable if it wasn't based on a true story.
David Rintoul is fantastic narrating this noveltised version of events from the intelligence officer who discovers the truth and then falls foul of the hierarchy cover up.
Damn good story this. Bought the printed copy for my mother to read.
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- Michael "Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks