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An Impeccable Spy Audiobook
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An Impeccable Spy Audiobook



by Owen Matthews

  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Release date: 10-18-19
  • Language: English


Bloomsbury presents An Impeccable Spy by Owen Matthews, read by Mike Grady.  

Richard Sorge was a man with two homelands. Born of a German father and a Russian mother in Baku in 1895, he moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. A member of the angry and deluded generation who found new, radical faiths after their experiences on the battlefields of the First World War, Sorge became a fanatical communist – and the Soviet Union’s most formidable spy.    

Like many great spies, Sorge was an effortless seducer, combining charm with ruthless manipulation. He did not have to go undercover to find out closely guarded state secrets – his victims willingly shared them. As a foreign correspondent, he infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including the Second World War. 

His intelligence regarding Operation Barbarossa and Japanese intentions not to invade Siberia in 1941 proved pivotal to the Soviet counteroffensive in the Battle of Moscow, which in turn determined the outcome of the war.    

Never before has Sorge’s story been told from the Russian side as well as the German and Japanese. 

Owen Matthews takes a sweeping historical perspective and draws on a wealth of declassified Soviet archives – along with testimonies from those who knew and worked with Sorge – to rescue the riveting story of the man described by Ian Fleming as ‘the most formidable spy in history’.

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Owen Matthews




16 hrs and 46 mins

Narrated by

Mike Grady

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