Bridge of Spies

  • by Giles Whittell
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Who were the three men the American and Soviet superpowers exchanged at Berlin's Glienicke Bridge and Checkpoint Charlie in the first and most legendary prisoner exchange between East and West? Bridge of Spies vividly traces their paths to that exchange on February 10, 1962, when their fate helped to define the conflicts and lethal undercurrents of the most dangerous years of the Cold War.
Bridge of Spies is the true story of three extraordinary characters: William Fisher, alias Rudolf Abel, a British-born KGB agent arrested by the FBI in New York City and jailed as a Soviet superspy for trying to steal America's most precious nuclear secrets; Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot who was captured when his plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over the closed cities of central Russia; and Frederic Pryor, a young American graduate student in Berlin mistakenly identified as a spy, arrested, and held without charge by the Stasi, East Germany's secret police.


What the Critics Say

"Riveting, meticulously researched and beautifully written, Bridge of Spies unlocks one of the most fascinating espionage mysteries of the Cold War." (Ben Macintyre, author of Operation Mincemeat)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very Solid and Captivating

The Good –
Well I know that the movie is out and I intentionally avoided it until I finished this. I actually got this book because of my previous read The Billion Dollar Spy. Bridge of Spies surpassed that and I am very glad I listened to it before seeing the movie. This book was good from the first word to the last. While I would not call this a great book it did as much as it could with the particular subject matter. This is a first rate book!

The Bad -
Not one thing.

The Narration -
Jonathan Keeble; Wow. Phenomenal narration! Even if the book were just mediocre I'd listen again just because the narration was so good.

The Overall -
If you like spy novels, especially true stories, get this one in your library. If you hate spy novels get this anyway. Yes, it's that good. It will get a second listen in a few years I'm sure.
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- Matthew


First time author for me, interesting that a British author writes a book about a key world event between the US and USSR. The movie of the same name, 'Bridge of Spies' is based on this book and the reason I bought it. This book was based on true events when a US spy plane, the U2, was shot down over Russia and the pilot captured and the ensuing prisoner swap of a captured Soviet spy. As is often the case, I enjoyed the book more than the movie as there was more character development and more details about the actual events. The movie took some liberties with the book but not too bad all in all. It was an easy listen and kept my interest.
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- Stevon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio