A Foreign Country : Thomas Kell

  • by Charles Cumming
  • Narrated by Jot Davies
  • Series: Thomas Kell
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the internationally acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author of The Trinity Six, Charles Cumming, comes A Foreign Country, a compelling tale of deceit and betrayal, conspiracy and redemption.
On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell. Tossed out of the Service only months before, Kell is given one final chance to redeem himself - find Amelia Levene at any cost. The trail leads Kell to France and Tunisia, where he uncovers a shocking secret and a conspiracy that could have unimaginable repercussions for Britain and its allies. Only Kell stands in the way of personal and political catastrophe.

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After a good start, story drifts

What did you like best about A Foreign Country? What did you like least?

After an interesting beginning, the story loses some steam and the plot gets a little far fetched. The reason for the French secret service being the bad guy is given a weak explanation. Over all, this proved to be just an ordinary audiobook.

Jack in Marin


Would you be willing to try another book from Charles Cumming? Why or why not?

Yes! I have listened to several other Cumming books. I enjoy the stories involving the WWI nurse.


What does Jot Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The reader did a good job and made it easier to finish the story. Had I read the book, I might have given it up.


Could you see A Foreign Country being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It is not a blockbuster story. I doubt it is unique and/or compelling enough for a movie or TV show.


Any additional comments?

I enjoy my Audible membership. On the rare occasions that I have had problem your customer service staff resolved them promptly.

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- John

Worth listening

So many reviews promise spy thrillers similar to le Carre and Greene. This one does have echoes. I liked it much more than Steinhauer, whose characters I can't seem to care about. Cumming's ending wouldn't have come from le Carre or Greene (planning a series?) but this was the first thriller in a long time I wanted to listen to without a break. Another reviewer suggested it's a slow starter; but I was hooked from the first paragraph.
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- zoe catsiff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio