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An Officer and a Spy

Lu par : David Rintoul
Durée : 16 h et 4 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
5 out of 5 stars (7 notations)

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Description

They lied to protect their country. He told the truth to save it. A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of Fatherland.

January 1895. On a freezing morning in the heart of Paris, an army officer, Georges Picquart, witnesses a convicted spy, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of twenty thousand spectators baying ‘Death to the Jew!’ The officer is rewarded with promotion: Picquart is made the French army’s youngest colonel and put in command of ‘the Statistical Section’ - the shadowy intelligence unit that tracked down Dreyfus.

The spy, meanwhile, is given a punishment of medieval cruelty: Dreyfus is shipped off to a lifetime of solitary confinement on Devil’s Island - unable to speak to anyone, not even his guards, his case seems closed forever. But gradually Picquart comes to believe there is something rotten at the heart of the Statistical Section. When he discovers another German spy operating on French soil, his superiors are oddly reluctant to pursue it. Despite official warnings, Picquart persists, and soon the officer and the spy are in the same predicament...

Narrated by Picquart, An Officer and a Spy is a compelling recreation of a scandal that became the most famous miscarriage of justice in history. Compelling, too, are the echoes for our modern world: an intelligence agency gone rogue, justice corrupted in the name of national security, a newspaper witch hunt of a persecuted minority, and the age-old instinct of those in power to cover-up their crimes.

©2013 Robert Harris (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Thomas Neal
  • 2, chemin des Virgiles Capet d'Azur Les Glaïeuls Sainte-Maxime, France
  • 01/01/2018

Dreyfus<br />

Un très bon livre qui finit malheureusement en queue de poisson ...

J'ai hâte de voir le film de Polanski!

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  • Cynthea Wellings
  • 04/01/2014

Excellent Read

I enjoyed this book immensely. It appeared to be well researched and meticulously written. It was very credible and placed me in the period well. The theme of whistle blowing and the trauma that ensues for the whistleblower was consistent with my understanding of what happens.
The storyline is excellent and at times, I could not stop listening.

All in all, I highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Michael
  • 21/02/2014

The Best Book I have ever Listen too

Robert Harris is a fantastic writer and I can't wait to listen to 'The Ghost'. I read his 'Fatherland' years ago but wasn't too impressed, however this book is a must. Spies, military, government, 1895, France, Germany, intrigue it has the lot. This story would be unbelievable if it wasn't based on a true story.
David Rintoul is fantastic narrating this noveltised version of events from the intelligence officer who discovers the truth and then falls foul of the hierarchy cover up.
Damn good story this. Bought the printed copy for my mother to read.

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  • Tim
  • 30/09/2019

Wonderful, thought provoking book.

Superb narration, I have seldom heard a book so well read; accents, names and locations are spoken so well it is a shear pleasure to listen to David Rintoul. The book is similarly outstanding, a marvellous read that I savoured with every passing hour. Bravo!

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  • Gone Fishing
  • 18/07/2018

A really good listen transporting the listener to France in the late 1800’s

Beautifully narrated, this story is an evocative picture of society and the culture of the French army before the Great War.

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  • Dominique
  • 09/01/2017

Exciting Historical Fiction

This is an excellent book, providing a strong insight into the politics of this time. It would be interesting enough if it were a work of pure fiction, but the historical base and accuracy make this both a thoroughly interesting listen and a story with an important lesson to learn. Highly likely that you'll go and research the facts of this case, if you haven't done so already. The performance is excellent as the narrator has an attractive reading voice and a real knack for accents. Very highly recommended!

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  • gg
  • 29/06/2016

History in colourful

Would you listen to An Officer and a Spy again? Why?

Possibly, in many years time. Knowing the story would lessen the experience. .
A larger part of this book’s quality is the story line rather than the characters. I’m not suggesting the characters do not have “character”, they do. But the actual story and relevance in a tense pre-war Europe is remarkable.

What did you like best about this story?

This is a dramatization of history “The dreyfus affair”. It’s a spy thriller and a courtroom thriller. The key points of the book are true. In between the author has made a gripping story with the main character having an admirable personality. If not a bit overdone towards the end

Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard a better narrator than David Rintoul. .
I often wonder if he has to rehearse or if he can do this off the bat.In my opinion this is one of his best performances. Also because there are few female characters and no love scenes. They always sound sickly from any male narrator

Any additional comments?

Don’t research the history of the The dreyfus affair before listening. .
Surprised the author didn’t lean more on what a flash point Alsace Lorraine was and the paranoia between France and Germany before WW1

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  • Ms. A. Henden
  • 21/08/2015

Light reading material with historical facts

The story is well described and one can imagine how it was. Having no military knowledge or much of an interest it managed to keep me interested for 2/3 of the part. I believe I'm not the main target audience for the book as I would prefer a little more romance. However I think it's a great book for people with an interest in history and how France's military/ court work in the late 1800 onwards.

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  • Frederic
  • 13/02/2015

Great piece of French history

A story you have heard about but never in depth. This case explains so much which happened afterwards. Great fascinating book.

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  • Suzanne
  • 10/08/2014

great story - great reader!

What did you love best about An Officer and a Spy?

I always wanted to know the détails about the Dreyfus affair - this is an entertaining book that provides a good explanation

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  • Katherine
  • 22/07/2014

I couldn't listen to it

I can't explain it and don't remember all of why I stopped early on. I couldn't get into the style, with so many minute details and moment by moment description, some of it creepy. I suppose there could have been a good book waiting later, but I couldn't stomach it to find out.

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  • EinKunde
  • 20/12/2017

Spannend, fesselnd, echt

sehr schöne Aufarbeitung einer wohl immer mehr vergessenen Geschichte, nah am tatsächlichen Geschehen. definitiver Tip!

  • Global
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  • Georg-Marcus
  • 26/10/2014

gut und spannend vorgetragen

gutes Buch, spannend, gut vorgetragen, keine Langeweile, ein richtig guter Harris - macht Lust auf mehr

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  • Silke
  • 01/07/2014

Dreyfus-Affäre mitfühlbar gemacht

Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an An Officer and a Spy gefallen?

ich danke Robert Harris von ganzem Herzen für dieses Buch und für eine weitere Bestätigung, daß Menschen ganz ganz schnell bereit sind, sich unglaublich zu verhalten.

Eine so aufwühlende und gleichzeitig kühle Beschreibung des Geschehens halte ich für perfekt.

  • Global
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  • Walter
  • 17/11/2013

Spannender als 007: wirkliche Geschichte!

In Krimis von Robert Harris ist der Held oft nicht übermäßig heldenhaft: privat in unglücklichen Beziehungen, beruflich geachtet aber ein Außenseiter und daher nicht Teil des informellen Netzwerks. Was ihm zum Verhängnis wird: er sind anständig!

Diese spannende Schilderung der Dreyfuss- Affäre aus der Sicht eines Haupt-Protagonisten, des Geheimdienstchefs Picquard, folgt diesem Muster. Er entdeckt die Wahrheit und muss erfahren, dass seine Armee und ihre Führung keinen Fehler zugeben wollen. Spannend und historisch akkurat wird die Affäre aufbereitet. Nur gegen Schluss wird der Spannungsbogen einfach abgeschnitten und der Epilog wirkt geradezu wie aus einem anderen Film.

Trotzdem: ein echter Genuss, Geschichte so spannend und gut zugänglich zu erleben. Vor allem das frühe Geheimdienst-Millieu vor 1900 lässt an Spannung nichts vermissen. Picquard steht Bond um nichts nach...