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    The fascinating story of a young American amateur who helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in New York - sold in 10 countries and in a major deal with 20th Century Fox.

    For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on America for the Russians, trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, selling out his own beloved country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots. Or so the Russians believed. In fact this young American civilian was a covert double agent working with the FBI. The Cold War wasn't really over. It had just gone high tech.

    How to Catch a Russian Spy is the one-of-a-kind story of how one young man's post-college adventure became a real-life US counterintelligence coup. He had no previous counterespionage experience. Everything he knew about undercover work he'd learned from Miami Vice and Magnum PI reruns and movies like Ronin, Spy Game, and anything with Bond or Bourne in the title. And yet, hoping to gain experience to become a navy intelligence officer, he convinced the FBI and the Russians they could trust him. With charm, cunning, and a big load of naiveté, he matched wits with a veteran Russian military-intelligence officer who was recruiting spies on American soil, outmaneuvering the Russian spy and his secret-hungry superiors. Along the way Jamali and his FBI handlers cast a rare light on espionage activities at the Russian Mission to the United Nations in New York and earned a solid US win in the escalating hostilities between Moscow and Washington.

    Now Jamali reveals the whole engaging story behind his double-agent adventure - from coded signals on Craigslist to the Russian spy's propensity for Hooters' Buffalo wings. Cinematic, news-breaking, and wildly entertaining, How to Catch a Russian Spy is an armchair spy fantasy brought to life.

    Film rights sold to 20th Century Fox for director Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man, 500 Days of Summer).

    ©2015 Naveed Jamali (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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    • David
    • 24/07/2015

    Pretentious egotism

    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A real plot not a narrative.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Naveed Jamali and Ellis Henican again?

    Never

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

    Anyone. He made it sound like the author was a twelve year old.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None

    Any additional comments?

    Why the FBI would have put any credence in the author is alarming in the extreme. His motives for getting involved as he did were transparently pure egotism from the first to the last page and he did a poor job of disguising it. His bare all patriotism made him sound like an infatuated adolescence. How on earth did this book get published at all? The read, that I dutifully finished, was a complete waste of time.

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    • ar
    • 01/07/2015

    The whole book is a humblebrag.

    What did you like best about How to Catch a Russian Spy? What did you like least?

    You know when your friend studies abroad in Spain for 1 semester and then they come back really adamant about pronouncing Barcelona as "Barthelona" ? That's just a tiny fraction of this guy. You can hardly get to the story without him dropping random Master's degree's that his family has, random references to graduate student beloved writers, and name drops of esoteric post-modern authors. Sure, I understood because this was, moronically, the type of stuff I chose to study in college. But Man, this guy is SO over the top. It's like a guy struggling to bench press as much as he can to show you that he can. The story is totally 2nd to you understanding how cool and hip and urbane he is. He's so well read and dreamy.... and what are we even talking about? Russian Spies?

    He waxes poetic for entire chapters about how cool he was in high school and college, making you sit around and relive his glory days with him, like he's Al Bundy from "Married with Children" talking about his four touchdowns that one game back at Polk High.

    What I liked best? I guess the few moments of 'fly on the wall' insight where a) it didn't feel like he wasn't embellishing, which was rare, and b) he wasn't flexing his 'I just got out of grad school, look at all these random esoteric names I can drop' muscles. But those moments were fleeting.

    What was most disappointing about Naveed Jamali and Ellis Henican ’s story?

    How insecure this guy must feel on a regular basis.

    What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

    Just Too Much

    Do you think How to Catch a Russian Spy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not - the writer just needs to gain some confidence and focus on telling a gripping story. We're here for the russian spy stuff, not how cool it was that time you got sent to the principals office in school (I wish I was joking)

    Any additional comments?

    The narrator - He actually wasn't bad , but the accents were terrible and ill-advised in general. Really doesn't help add to the 'non-fiction' vice when he's doing goofy voices for every character.

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    • Retired
    • 18/07/2015

    Short story made into a long book

    What would have made How to Catch a Russian Spy better?

    About half as long

    Would you ever listen to anything by Naveed Jamali and Ellis Henican again?

    Likely not

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

    I thought Kirby did a fine job

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Catch a Russian Spy?

    Too many to mention. That's the problem. There's just too many verbose scenes, i.e. saying a lot about nothing. Who cares about what kind or color of chair Naveed sits in? How overly dramatic can you make the scene where Naveed gives the Russian a copy of a linguistic file? How over done can you make Naveed's conversations with different Naval officers? The book was just too long w/simple scenes made far too wordy.

    Any additional comments?

    I expected a story much more interesting and engaging. Going back to it was a chore.

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    • Ghost
    • 09/10/2017

    The meaningful content is less than ten percent

    Interesting story but very, very diluted. I suggest listening at 1.5-2.0 speed.
    There is a lot of dramatization of things that do not add to the story.

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    • Marilyn Keyes
    • 10/12/2015

    How an arrogant know-it-all mixed fact and fiction

    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I suppose there are those who find this book funny, but I was mostly annoyed. I understand they are making a movie from it.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Naveed Jamali and Ellis Henican again?

    No.

    What three words best describe Kirby Heyborne’s performance?

    Professional.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance and disappiontment

    Any additional comments?

    The subject of the book comes across as spoiled and full of himself. The idea that such a young man could convince the FBI to work with him is nearly unbelievable and suggests that the agency is desperate, particularly when the subject took his plans and strategy from spy movies.

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    • JD
    • 22/10/2015

    slow, so much so i didnt want to finish it

    i was such a long slow trip look John le Carre takes a while to tell a story but this writer just seems to talk just to hear his own voice. could have been done much less time..
    Kirby Heyborne was exellent as usual just not much to work with.

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    • Ryan
    • 07/12/2019

    Incredible Story!

    I highly recommend this engaging and enjoyable read. The author’s relatable character comes through as he tells his incredible story of taking the lead on a successful counterespionage mission. The book is funny and captivating!

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    • Lindsey M Holland
    • 28/02/2019

    Self-congratulatory nobody writes boring book

    The Author, Naveed Jamali is in no way a hero spy master. He needs you to like him, and he needs to be important. His desperate need for both of these things lead him to a very low stakes set of events, which he then writes an entire self-congratulatory book about. He was rejected from Naval Intelligence, so instead of finding another real job, he starts hobby-spying on Russian diplomats who happen to shop at his parents’ bookstore. Mr. Jamali is not a hero civilian called to a higher duty who makes personal sacrifice for his government. Instead, Mr. Jamali comes across as an attention-seeking fan-boy who can’t handle the rejection that the US government doesn’t want his services, so he forces himself on the FBI by spying on his neighbors anyway. The sections of the book where the FBI is trying to brush him off, as he is clearly a nobody fan-boy, are super cringe-y. The way the book is written you would think he was at great personal risk for a higher calling, but instead he was dealing publicly accessible, unclassified material in chain restaurants with little to no personal risk. In the end, the scandal he uncovered was really just the embarrassment that the Russians had been associated with someone as unimportant as him. His actions have no real value to the US. I feel sorry for the Russians by the end because this guy is way more of a waste of everyone’s time than any sort of intelligence gatherer. The only thing worse than a snoozy spy thriller, is when the main character turns out to be a self-aggrandizing nobody pretending to be a hero.

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    • Mike
    • 11/01/2019

    a little painful

    hard to finish, comes off as an ego stroking rich kid story with fact errors

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    • Greg, The Master Negotiator & Body Language Expert
    • 18/10/2019

    Love It!

    I loved the story line that this book displayed in highlighting how a us citizen helped to catch a Russian spy.