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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.
©2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2010 Len Deighton
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Milan on 09-15-14

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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By Sean on 01-22-15

Excellent SPY Drama, perfectly read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. And I just did.

One of the better readers and audiobooks available. Great story, compelling and believable characters and a THEME that is timeless - Individualism. Something that both political parties in the US and England have forgotten. But with the rise of Russian totalitarianism and Islamic terrorism...well...this book is a must read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Berlin Game?

The ending. Which will we not disclose as other have done on audible. What a silly question to ask.

Any additional comments?

Like John Le Carre but more sarcastic, witty, not quite as heavy handed or brilliant but thankfully, superior in philosophical outlook as compared with Le Carre's recent ideological turn.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Mark on 07-27-14

Now I want the rest!

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

Given that this book is 30 years old, you are probably only reading this if you are a fan, or want to revisit the novel in audible format. Well the news is good, a it is still as good as the first time you read it.

What does James Lailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Lailey does a great job of reading this story. For me his voice fits Samson wonderfully and he can actually read what it put in front of him and make it sound convincing. His performance in this story is up there with a Longworth or a Rintoul.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are a few wonderful moments that brought a smile to my face.

Any additional comments?

The first of three of three (1) Game, Set, Match (2) Hook, Line, Sinker (3) Faith, Hope, Charity, hopefully audible will see sense and release all 9, or at the bareset minimum the first three, because although the story is compartmentalised it is best as a trilogy.

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By Mr Tristram Shandy on 02-13-15

The master of the spy story

Any additional comments?

I had forgotten just how good a writer Len Deighton is. In my view he is a much better read than Le Carre. The stories are compelling and utterly addictive, the characters are well drawn and sympathetic and he avoids Le Carre's distracting historical and political diversions. The books are brilliantly read by James Lailey. Once started on Berlin Game you are locked into the whole 9 volumes. I can't wait for the remaining volumes in the series.

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By elizabeth hickey on 09-30-17

A classic

I don't think I really need to say much more than this is a great spy novel by an author known for this genre. You're in good hands with this one. It's well written, well performed and an intelligent story.

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