Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Written by:
Bill Browder
Narrated by:
Adam Grupper

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
466
Narrator
147
Release Date
February 2015
Duration
14 hours 10 minutes
Summary
November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million of taxes paid to the state by one of the world's most successful hedge funds. Magnitsky's brutal killing has remained uninvestigated and unpunished to this day. His farcical posthumous show-trial brought Putin's regime to a new low in the eyes of the international community. Red Notice is a searing exposE of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths. Bill Browder - the hedge fund manager who employed Magnitsky - takes us on his explosive journey from the heady world of finance in New York and London in the 1990s, through his battles with ruthless oligarchs in the turbulent landscape of post-Soviet Union Moscow, to his expulsion from Russia on Putin's orders. Browder's graphic portrait of the Russian government as a criminal enterprise wielding all the power of a sovereign state illuminates his personal transformation from financier to human rights activist, campaigning for justice for his late lawyer and friend. With fraud, bribery, corruption and torture exposed at every turn,Red Notice is a shocking but true political roller-coaster that plays out in the highest echelons of Western power.
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John G

Gassiott says very good book, loved that Bill took a stand on the corruption in Russia for his friend. The narrator did an outstanding job.

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George S.

Absolutely amazing story. If you are not working in investment banking, the author tells a story of pros and cons of working in that field, and the hardships that potentially come along with this field of work. Even better, the author writes a story through his and others' experiences about the corruption in Russia, pre and post Soviet era. This book is both an educational, and an emotion evoking story. The narrator was great, utilizing different voices and accents to differentiate the characters. And you get a final narration from the author himself for the final chapter. I finished this audiobook within a few days. At some point, I'll listen to it again.

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Shelly H.

This story had me from the very beginning. So shocking and heart wrenching my life is forever changed by it

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David C.

Fantastic book, pulls you in and holds you from the very beginning to the end, very well written and structured. The narrator was excellent, you feel like you the story is being told to you by a close friend!

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Fredrik S.

This is a powerful book. After listening I was shocked that this could all be true. I have, and will continue to recommend this book to everyone I know. Truly an emotional and gripping story, that I feel everyone should be aware of! 10/10

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Jose victor G.

When I purchased this book ... didn’t know a thing about the author or the subject matter ... got intrigued by the title ... that’s all ... then after a few minutes of the narration I realized that I was in for a ride ... but even then didn’t hit me that I would learn so much about this particular instance in world and political history ... most of the atrocities that happen on a daily basis go unreported or unnoticed ... so I’m so glad I got this insight ... I hope someone makes a motion picture out of this book !!!

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Darleen L.

Gripping story that leaves you stunned. I couldn’t stop listening!

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James Z

Extraordinary! It reads like an amazingly well written spy novel only its all true and current. It's also really well narrated by a reader who seamlessly slips in an out of characters and accents with ease.

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Kristo N.

Great book. Quite riveting. Love bibliographies and true stories that you can learn some real life knowledge from!

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Joshb

Excellent well told story I can only respect the integrity of bill Browder and Sergei magnisky Excellent very relevant story on how Putin operates

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Theresa S.

Bill Browder demonstrated leadership and courage. His story will be shared with my family and friends. Corruption is Putin’s downfall. The narrator was superb. I truly enjoyed listening to RED Notice. I am hoping for a Netflix documentary on this story

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Eric T.

Great book and one that can be a preview of how individuals in power can abuse the same, It can be utilized as a message to all, that we have to be ready to stand up and defend what is right. Need more like this.

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Susan M.

This book is a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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Kathleen R.

Excellent. Why this and other similar stories are not exposed daily is beyond me. And shameful that US politicians - especially Obama (wish that was explained; always a hidden agenda in American politics and leaders!) - would not support the bill. Story and narrator excellent sharing this with family and friends.

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Anonymous

Beautiful writing and amazing narration.

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Sue O.

Everyone should read this book!!!

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Frank G.

Very well narrated and exiting story.

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Daniel D.

Outstanding book! A must read to understand the dangers of corruption and why we must guard against allowing similar circumstances in this great country!

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Aubrey N.

Best narrator I've heard out of roughly two dozen audiobooks. He nails accents and subtly changes voices for different characters.. I listened at 1.8x normal speed, it really holds the attention.

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Jennifer B.

I loved this book. The story is enthralling and what seems like it should be a far fetched movie script but turns out to be all true is the most incredible thing about the story!

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Jacqueline C.

I just could not stop listening very distressing .Do hope the author keeps safe .

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Anonymous

It's a harrowing story of the author's fight for justice in Russia, to protect the good name of his attorney and friend, Sergey Magnitsky. It's an inspiring story of a wealthy and powerful banker who became an accidental human rights activist. A must read for everyone who wants to understand the ongoing situation in Russia under Putin's rule. Human life in Russia has no value.

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Kristine M.

This book made me laugh, cry, angry, frustrated, and happy! I went to bed with my AirPods on so I could binge and not bother my husband!

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Michael E.

Fascinating story even with the arrogance of Browder. It is not an edge of the seat book but one that opens up some interesting light on Putin’s Russia.

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Anonymous

Narrator has done a brilliant job depicting all kinds of people with different background and accents.

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Renee H.

incredible listen. loved his voice!

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Alison E.

Excellent listen. Loved every second of it.

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Adrian B.

good book interesting

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Cathrine A.

This books is compelling, insightful, very well written and beautifully narrated. I was embossed from the moment I hit play to the very end. Definitely a good read.

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Florentina G.

Very good book, very well written. After listening to the book, I also watched the Russian Unstoppable videos. Chilling...

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Sue O.

What an amazing story, although quite terrifying to think that this could happen. An eye opener to anyone who thinks that other countries are not meadling.

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Roger P.

This book should be read by everyone concerned about Russian interference in our elections and the evils of Putin and his corrupt oligarchs. Amazing story of courage and persistence in the face of extreme threats of violence.

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Michele F.

This book was well-written, detailed, informative, and chilling to the extreme. The narrator was perfect. My only beef is the author's repeated assertion that his friend died because of him - the author. I get a bit tired of this sentimentality: His friend died because of the decision he made to remain in the path of extreme danger. Give his the respect of his decisions! Other than that Bill Browder must be commanded for his fight against corruption, all the more so when faced with such a ruthless and formidable adversary as Putin.

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Evelyn P.

This story was gripping. I found it fascinating and appalling. I had heard of the Act but never thought anything of it until reading this. So unbelievable what goes on in Russia, I thought my country had corruption issues (South Africa) and it does, but the scale of it in Russia is something else! Enjoyed the narrator too!

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Eric S.

Fascinating game of chess, intriguing power struggle!

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Paul D.

The difference moral and brave men do!!

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Anonymous

incredibly powerful. riveting. what more can I say. this is one of the best books I've ever read.Red notice gave me an entirely new perspective on Russia the business world and Washington. I highly recommend it

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Rachel K.

Amazing read.

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Susan M.

This true story fixated my interest.

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George J.

speaks very well clear and exciting

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Courtenay P.

A gripping story, shocking, enlightening, disturbing.

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Ed J

Jaw dropping drama yet a true story - well done and highly recommended.

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Gregg B

What a incredible story that reads like a novel which it is not, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to see how corrupt governments operate. What rare opportunity the author had to shed light on a crime for the whole world to see. One of the other reviews of this book mentioned the author may still experience a untimely demise and I agree 100%. Oh and the narrator of Red Notice is the best narrator I've heard and I will search for books this narrator has recorded he is that good. What a amazing story!!

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Corinne W

Superb listen. Well read. I sincerely hope the author lives to meet a natural death. As I am English and having watched poor Alexander Litvinenko die with horrific speed on nightly newscasts the only surprising thing about this book is that Bill Browder still draws breath. Mr Browder shines a light on the malevolence that emanates from Russia and Putin with his personal experiences from that sad but dangerous country. Fascinating.

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Kathy K

What a story this is of a brilliant man who's many accomplishments are only trumped by his compassion for others. I loved this inspirational story and found every moment of listening fascinating...

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Jonathan M

Fantastic read.

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Vicki D

Really enjoyable and scary at the same time. Narration was excellent and thought the last chapter spoken by the author himself particularly poignant.

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Jacob Cohen

Fantastic book! Reads like a novel. Highly recommend. Really interesting story.

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Peggy Baker

Outstanding. Well written and narrated. Shows the extent of corruption in Russia and would be a good read for anyone who thinks the US should be close friends with them.

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Stevenson Ward

Excellent! Page turner. The corruption in Putin's Russia is of unbelievable scale.

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Robert Hanley

Outstanding read, kept my interest the entire time

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David Moerman

Astounding. A stunning eye-opener into the way power is weilded in Russia. The story is captivating from start to finish. You will not be disappointed.

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Ross Smith

This is a great story! It is an unbelievable story and extremely revealing about the Russian government .

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Gus Kious

I first read a summary of the book to be sure that I would miss important parts characters and themes in this book club selection. I found the audiobook much more interesting and exciting.

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Gleb Yushin

I found this book to be equally shocking and entertaining (don't start listening unless you have 14 hours to spare in one day). I was born in Russia and still I wasn't aware of everything described. While this is clearly one side of the story I do believe the author in most of his claims. If you have any interest of what has been going on in Russia in the last few decades - this would be a must to read (sorry - listen) book for you. The narrator is outstanding, BTW.

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