Berlin Game : Bernard Samson

  • by Len Deighton
  • Narrated by James Lailey
  • Series: Bernard Samson
  • 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, Game, Set, and Match, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. East is East and West is West - and they meet in Berlin.
He was the best source the Department ever had, but now he desperately wanted to come over the Wall. ‘Brahms Four' was certain a high-ranking mole was set to betray him. There was only one Englishman he trusted any more: someone from the old days.So they decided to put Bernard Samson back into the field after five sedentary years of flying a desk. The field is Berlin.
The game is as baffling, treacherous and lethal as ever.

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What the Critics Say

"Deighton's best novel to date - sharp, witty and sour, like Raymond Chandler adapted to British gloom and the multiple betrayals of the private spy" (Observer)
"Sheer consistent rightness page after page after page" (The Times)
"Virtuoso top level performance" (Guardian)
"A masterly performance, the best thing Deighton has done since SS-GB" (Sunday Times)

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Customer Reviews

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The first book in a brilliant Cold War spy series

Would you consider the audio edition of Berlin Game to be better than the print version?

Yes, given the masterful narration that captures the nuances of British class differences and the German of the Berlin characters.


Which scene was your favorite?

Bernard and Werner remembering their schoolboy days in the ruins of Berlin post WW II. And, inevitably the dramatic scene where Bernard at last confronts the traitor within his unit.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Trust no one"


Any additional comments?

This is the opening volume of a nine book series featuring British agent Bernard Sampson, collectively the greatest set of spy novels ever written. I hope that Audible will quickly produce the next eight so that a new generation of listeners can enjoy these great books. Highly recommended.

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- Milan

Spy stories for mature audiences

Where does Berlin Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

After reading 'Spy Line' by the same author, I wish there was an option to listen to more books written by Len Deighton. In the world of "written books", the stunning abundance and over supply, results in "mass production & mediocrity", thus making the author of these books a delightful find. Highly recommended.


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- Eli

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishing Limited