36 Yalta Boulevard : Yalta Boulevard

  • by Olen Steinhauer
  • Narrated by Yuri Rasovsky
  • Series: Yalta Boulevard
  • 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

State Security Officer Brano Sev is the secretive member of the Ministry for State Security. No one else quite trusts him, but it is part of his job to do what the authorities ask, no matter what. So when he gets an order to travel to the village of his birth in order to interrogate a potential defector, he goes. When a man turns up dead shortly after he arrives and Brano is framed for the murder, he assumes this is part of the plan and allows it to run its course. But when the plan leads him into exile in Vienna, he finally begins to ask questions. In fact, Comrade Brano Sev learns that loyalty to the cause might be the biggest crime of all.

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What the Critics Say

"This is an imaginative, brilliantly plotted espionage thriller, with finely detailed settings and a protagonist of marvelous complexity. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"With its shifting perceptions, pervasive paranoia, and truly unpredictable plot, this will be savored by readers of well-crafted espionage." (Booklist)

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Cold war spy story - Soviet satellite's agent

The year is 1967. Brano, an savvy and experienced agent in the state security agency of a Soviet satellite, is a pawn in a game among powers he cannot see and for purposes he does not comprehend. His perspective is much like that of a character in a Kafka novel. As he struggles to understand, to survive, and, most of all, to follow orders, the many layers of manipulation and deception unfold. But who or what is the ultimate puppetmaster and what is he or it up to? Will Brano live long enough to find out?
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- John R. Brown "Perry Mason Fan"

Excellent Book/Lousy narration

I really enjoyed this book. It was intriguing and had several twists and turns. The central character is not loveable but he is compelling. I found the narration to be very annoying after a while. It was like the narrator was trying to sound American (way too much). H also did the lead characters (who were Eastern Europeans) in very American voices but did Austrian voices with pseudo-accents. It's still a very good audio book
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- Barry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.