Archangel by Robert Harris (1998)

Jacket photograph: Fred Mayer

Produced by: Chivers Audio Books
ISBN: 0754002950
Date: April, 1999
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Running time: Unabridged, 12 hours, 15 minutes (10 cassettes)

Michael Kitchen ... Narrator

The Novel:
(From the cover notes)

Fluke Kelso - a former historian who is in Moscow to attend a conference on the newly opened Soviet archives - is visited in his hotel room by a man who claims to have been at Stalin's dacha the night Stalin had his fatal stroke, and had helped steal the dictator's secret papers. Kelso decides to check out the old man's story. But what starts as idle curiosity soon turns into a murderous chase across Russia, where the final of Josef Stalin has been hidden for almost half a century...

The Author:
(From the cover notes)

Robert Harris was a reporter on the BBC's Panorama and Newsnight programmes before becoming political editor of the Observer in 1987 and then a columnist on the Sunday Times. He has written five non-fiction books and three fiction books, which include Selling Hitler and Fatherland.

The Reader:
(From the cover notes)

Michael Kitchen is a familiar face on television with many credits to his name, including Kidnapped, The Hanging Gale, The Buccaneers, To Play The King and Reckless. He has appeared at the National Theatre in Rough Crossing and No Man's Land as well as with the RSC in The Art of Success and Richard II. His film credits include Mrs Dalloway, Enchanted April, The Russia House, Out of Africa and the James Bond film, Goldeneye.