• A Very Expensive Poison

  • The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-24-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (507 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died 22 days later. The cause of death? Polonium - a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters. He shows how Litvinenko's murder foreshadowed the killings of other Kremlin critics, from Washington, DC, to Moscow, and how these are tied to Russia's current misadventures in Ukraine and Syria. In doing so he becomes a target himself and unearths a chain of corruption and death leading straight to Vladimir Putin. From his investigations of the downing of flight MH17 to the Panama Papers, Harding sheds a terrifying light on Russia's fracturing relationship with the West.
©2017 Luke Harding (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Harding's exposé, shortlisted for the CWA Nonfiction Dagger Award, could not be more chilling or timely.... A devastating and disturbing must-read." ( Booklist)
"A chilling look at the Putin regime's murderous suppression of its critics.... In this fast-paced book, Harding, who was expelled from the Kremlin while serving as the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief, covers all the bases while exposing the weakness and accommodationism of the now-departed British leadership. Hard-hitting and timely given Russia's continued sway in international politics as well as its documented influence over an incoming American administration that is also hostile to the press." ( Kirkus )
"Extraordinarily pacy...one of the best political thrillers I have come across in years." ( The Evening Standard)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nadifmg on 10-17-17

Glad I gave it a chance

The narrator was excellent but the story is complex and doesn't always follow chronological order which can make it a little hard to follow, be prepared to pay attention. Very relevant reading considering current events.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By margaret on 05-26-17

It's probably just me

The book was well-researched and informative. And I really like Nicholas Guy Smith as a narrator. I feel I did get what I expected out of the book, though I think I'll have to listen to it again at some point because I frequently found my mind wandering and I forgot to pay attention for several minutes at a time. Sometimes it was because the author raised an interesting point that caused me to ponder further, but other times I think I just got a little bogged down and ultimately lost in the facts and details. I also had a little trouble remembering who some people were, so in that respect a physical book might've helped me. I think this might be a good one to get the kindle edition as a companion.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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