• The Russia House (Dramatized)

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 08-15-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Tom Baker stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of John le Carré’s powerful thriller. In the third year of perestroika, London publisher Barley Blair is sent a manuscript from Moscow. Exposing Russian nuclear threats as a sham, the information - if it’s genuine - could shatter East-West relations. Jazz-loving, hard-drinking Blair is hardly the spymasters’ idea of the perfect agent, yet they are forced to send him to Moscow to make contact. But the Cold War thaws when Barley meets Katya, the beautiful Russian intermediary who is equally sceptical of state ideology. Mere pawns in a deadly game of international espionage, they nevertheless represent the breakdown of hostilities and a future which poses a huge threat to the entrenched professionals on both sides... Both a gripping spy saga and a poignant love story, The Russia House delivers all the excitement and tension expected from the master of espionage fiction. This BBC Radio 4 adaptation was dramatised by René Basilico.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 10-27-11

Just okay--No substitute for a narrated book

As a Le Carre fan I've exhausted Audible's selection of his books. So I turned to the dramatised production of Russia House in hopes of getting more. I have ot say it's a bit of a letdown, with a lot of over-acting and irritating sound effects that I found distracting. Although Russia House was made into a pretty bad movie (starring Sean Connery), some of Le Carre's books have been successfully adapted to film and television (Smiley's People with Alec Guinness is simply superb). It's not an impossible task to capture Le Carre's distinctive prose style and nuanced characters in a medium other than the printed word. This dramatised version of Russia House falls far short of excellence. I hope that Audible will add the book to its offerings at some point.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ZUrlocker on 07-13-17

Top notch dramatic adaptation

This is an excellent traumatize Asian of the novel. Running time is three hours which is great for a car drive, bike ride etc. Very high-quality.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ed Newsome on 01-04-12

Top notch dramatisation

I have to say that this adaptation is a must for those who have enjoyed BBC Radio 4's recent "The complete Smiley". Tom Baker is utterly magnificent as Barley, a larger than life character. It is one of those dramatisations you find yourself listening to from start to finish in one sitting.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Highlight on 11-11-17


Can not quite put my finger on why this one does not appeal to me nor capture my attention in the same way all my other le Carre’s in the collection do. Something different about the main characters did not appeal nor feel any empathy. Quite left me feeling out in the cold. I hope that I will want to re listen to this when the mood takes me and maybe feel different. I have all the other le Carre’s in this collection and have enjoyed them all so much that I have eagerly purchased the next one and re listened to them all.

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