• Winter Work

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Fesperman
  • Narrated by: Dan Fesperman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Winter Work

By: Dan Fesperman
Narrated by: Dan Fesperman
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An exhilarating spy thriller inspired by a true story about the precious secrets up for grabs just after the fall of the Berlin Wall—from the acclaimed author of The Cover Wife • “Fesperman accurately depicts the corrosive effect of life under a surveillance society, debasing both the watchers and the watched.... Most Cold War spy novels focus on the Manichaean ideological struggle between East and West; this one successfully explores a grayer era.” —The New York Times Book Review

On a chilly early morning walk on the wooded outskirts of Berlin, Emil Grimm finds the body of his neighbor, a fellow Stasi officer named Lothar, with a gunshot wound to the temple and a pistol in his right hand. Despite appearances, Emil suspects murder. A few months earlier he would have known just what to do, but now, as East Germany disintegrates, being a Stasi colonel is more of a liability than an asset. More troubling still is that Emil and Lothar were involved in a final clandestine mission, one that has clearly turned deadly. Now Emil must finish the job alone, on uncertain ground where old alliances seem to be shifting by the day.

Meanwhile, CIA agent Claire Saylor, sent to Berlin to assist an Agency mop-up action against their collapsing East German adversaries, has just received an upgrade to her assignment. She'll be the designated contact for a high-ranking foreign intelligence officer of the Stasi, although details are suspiciously sketchy. When her first rendezvous goes dangerously awry, she realizes the mission is far more delicate than she was led to believe.

With the rules of the game changing fast, and as their missions intersect, Emil and Claire find themselves on unlikely common ground, fighting for their lives against a powerful enemy hiding in the shadows.

©2022 Dan Fesperman (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Narrator ended my interest in 15 minutes

A shame. Such an interesting story but as usual, when the author narrates the listening falls flat. Are you there, Audible? Get John Lee or George Guidall to do these spy stories. Authors with very few exceptions make terrible amateurish narrators! Fesperman, the author reading is like hearing a sermon from an amateur. Returning this fine book!

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Winter Work Exposes the Stasi’s Last Stand

Winter Work depicts the shifting sands of the Stasi’s final days as the Russians and American spies vie for influence. The narration by the author is superb. The ending is the weak link.

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Fascinating story expertly woven…

All of the essential components of a great spy story are here. But like the masters of the genre, this book rises above the fray by telling compelling personal stories that are every bit as interesting as the cloak and dagger “trade craft” of the larger plot line. These characters feel real, three dimensional and relatable. Excellent narration by the author, looking forward to more!

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I very much enjoyed this story.

I was an Army nurse CPT in Frankfurt from 1984 to 1987. My favorite trip was to take the duty train to Berlin and of course it was free. The BOQ at Tempelhof was about $7.00 a night. I took the US duty train multiple times and the French duty train once and the British once and then drove my car once. Of course, It required Flag orders, remove all ID when crossing border into East Germany. I always shopped in East Germany and took my teenage kids. Checkpoint Charlie and the Checkpoint Charlie museum, etc. I shopped in East Berlin at the Alexander Platz and nearby shops. One time, the US consulate arranged for tickets for myself, spouse and mother to see Opera in East Berlin as well as dinner at Russian restaurant. It was only a couple of years later, when it all changed and the "wall" came down, but I was at home by then. The briefing to all assigned in Germany at that time, was very serious and disturbing and when in Berlin , even more so. Such as telephone conversation precautions, being approached by friendly stranger, and possible attempt to get information from you. East Berlin was grey and bullet holes remained in the buildings, Very clear no repairs from WWII damage. Compared to West Berlin, and the Kudamm street with the store, KaDeWe, with two floors of food halls. It was like being in Harrods in London. This book captures that time for me.

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Difficult to follow at times

perhaps it was my lack of knowledge of the era, but I was confused by names and roles at times. The main character was interesting.

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Gripping.

The narrator took hold of your attention from the first paragraph, the characters held my interest, and the story wrapped me in its web that I couldn't escape, nor did I want to leave. A must read for everyone!

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Enjoyed this one

A bit different from a typical spy thriller - the setting is Germany, not long after the wall has come down. Plenty of jockeying for position amongst the characters with a minimum of gun play.