Epitaph for a Spy

  • by Eric Ambler
  • Narrated by David Holt
  • 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Josef Vadassy, a Hungarian language teacher, decides to break his journey from Nice to Paris at a windswept coastal town where his solitary nightmare begins. He collects his photographs from the chemist only to discover that the pictures are not of lizards at all, but military sites.

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A pre-WWII closed circle mystery

A pre-WWII closed circle mystery with all the major players (the US, Germany, France, Russia, Switzerland) represented in the Hotel de la Reserve's guest list. Not a bad novel, per se, but just not a great reluctant spy novel.

I'm not sure if it is just my luck, my laziness, or just a weird random coincidence, but I usually start reading great genre novelists with a mediocre piece. I will read more Ambler not because of this novel, but because I KNOW how my luck works with spy fiction. Next time, I will research his better pieces and start there.

As I listened with my Vintage Crime edition on my lap, reading along, I noticed that the audio version deviated many times from the Vintage Crime/Black Lizard edition. I'm not sure if the Audiobook version was dumb-ed down or what, but there were several times when words like Bolshevik were replaced with Communist, and lines were added for clarification. It was as if the audio-producers wanted to make sure that our hands were held through the entire book. Anyway, it was a little annoying, but still not bad.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

Epitaph For A Spy

David Holt did a great job of reading this story. I enjoyed the forward to the book as it gave more insight to Ambler and how he changed the spy genre. This book sort of gives you the idea how an ordinary person might react trying to find out who is the spy. Interesting story.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios