A Very Expensive Poison by Luke Harding audiobook

A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West

By Luke Harding
Read by Nicholas Guy Smith

Random House Audio
13.21 Hours Unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781524749729

A true story of murder and conspiracy that points directly to Vladimir Putin, by The Guardian’s former Moscow bureau chief. On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two 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.

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A true story of murder and conspiracy that points directly to Vladimir Putin, by The Guardian’s former Moscow bureau chief.

On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Gripping. London Review of Books
"Impassioned...Harding paints deft portraits of the tragi-comic duo suspected of carrying out the crime. The New Statesman
A Very Expensive Poison reads like a John Le Carré spy novel, but shockingly it's all true. Luke Harding has followed the criminality of the Putin regime from Russia to the West and his story leaves us with terrible feelings of dread about what Putin will do next. Bill Browder, author of Red Notice
"An expert chronicler of a sensational but opaque crime...Enthralling. A. D. Miller, author of Snowdrops
Horrific, instructive and, at times, hilarious. He is a masterful storyteller and an impeccable researcher. Federico Varese, Professor of Criminology, University of Oxford
"Harding lays out every fact connecting it in thrillerish detail to the dark undercurrents of life in today's Russia. Oliver Bullough, author of The Last Man in Russia
Harding...tells this ghastly tale with real authority, wit, and panache. . . . The book is as 'definitive' as it claims. The Times
Extraordinarily pacy...one of the best political thrillers I have come across in years. The Evening Standard
Harding is a great journalist. . . . His work is precious. . . . With experience and lucidity, he helps us to understand that we must be vigilant and always ready to guard the most precious asset of all, not a gift but a right: freedom. Roberto Saviano, l’Espresso
“Gripping. . . . The case against Mr. Putin, his intelligence agencies and their hitmen was built gradually over the years, by detective work and intelligence. As set out by Mr. Harding in this book, it arouses a demonic fascination. . . .Mr. Harding ranges widely, far beyond the Litvinenko case, in A Very Expensive Poison. . . .  Presidents who sup with Vladimir Putin should bring a very long spoon indeed. Daniel Johnson, The Wall Street Journal
Drawing on interviews, original reportage, and a British public inquiry, Harding reiterates the inquiry’s findings: Litvinenko was the victim of a political assassination that was indistinguishable from a gangland hit. . . . Harding suitably conveys the shocking, violent, and tragic story of a man whose murder has gone unpunished. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
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 
“Deep-voiced English narrator Nicholas Guy Smith gives a matter-of-fact tone to this detailed account…Smith’s enunciation is excellent, and he’s easy to understand…His expression is subtle and confident…[An] engaging production.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Luke Harding

Author Bio: Luke Harding

Luke Harding is an author and award-winning foreign correspondent with the London Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin, and Moscow and has also covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya and Syria. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief. He is the author of several books, including The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken, which was nominated for the Orwell Prize. In 2014 he won the prestigious James Cameron prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 13.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English