Get Your Free Audiobook

1 credit a month to use on any title to download and keep
Listen to anything from the Plus Catalogue—thousands of Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks
Download titles to your library and listen offline
₹199 per month after 30-day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for ₹604.00

Buy Now for ₹604.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice.

Publisher's Summary

Sometime in 2016, a series of dialogues took place which set out to find a meeting ground, even if only an illusion, between A.S. Dulat and Asad Durrani. One was a former chief of RAW, India's external intelligence agency, the other of ISI, its Pakistani counterpart. As they could not meet in their home countries, the conversations, guided by journalist Aditya Sinha, took place in cities like Istanbul, Bangkok and Kathmandu. 

On the table were subjects that have long haunted South Asia, flash points that take lives regularly. It was in all ways a deep dive into the politics of the subcontinent, as seen through the eyes of two spymasters. Among the subjects: Kashmir, and a missed opportunity for peace; Hafiz Saeed and 26/11; Kulbhushan Jadhav; surgical strikes; the deal for Osama bin Laden; how the United States and Russia feature in the India-Pakistan relationship; and how terror undermines the two countries' attempts at talks. 

When the project was first mooted, General Durrani laughed and said nobody would believe it even if it was written as fiction. At a time of fraught relations, this unlikely dialogue between two former spy chiefs from opposite sides - a project that is the first of its kind - may well provide some answers.

©2018 Asad Durrani; A.S. Dulat; Aditya Sinha (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about The Spy Chronicles

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    51
  • 4 Stars
    37
  • 3 Stars
    22
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    4
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    49
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    13
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    38
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    19
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    5

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good book ruined by the performance

Good book ruined by the performance. Durrani presented in flat tone edging towards sounding heartless. Dulat presented as a student trying to impress teacher.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Spy meet statesman like spanner meet works

Narration lacks energy. Book lacks any flow or insights. Placid book with talks solves everything.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

cocktail talk over a farmhouse

i read it twice (almost) just to ensure if i am absorbing the right narrative and i truly agree to writers that the entire story / episodes were totally their perception of how they are seeing teh indo - pak relationship of past and conclusions and future to be …
overall this book will not add any insights to the matter at least for me but can always open the doors of how diplomats see it.
overall an okay read .

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting Facts and Great Performance

I enjoyed it a lot. Although, I was expecting a lot of secret revelations. Sadly that did not happen.
But it did give a perspective of how intelligence chiefs think and what is a standard intelligence MO. How they influence modern politics.
Would definitely recommend

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

A book if so many ifs and buts

the book had it's heart at right place, but the content at times seemed all over the place. nice to have views of both sides on table at same time. gives lot of perspective.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Poor and forgettable

I had high hopes from a topic as unusual as this one. But it leaves too much to fulfill, both from how this book is written and the performance (it's just as if two spies are having a conversation of their own accord over drinks) no effort is made to simplify jargons( eg track two meets)

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome

Impatient for the second part as lot of things have changed in the last few years for both afganisthan and kashmir.Awesome audio performance.It would be great if the same voice actors work in the second part.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Only for 1st time readers on RAW & ISI

Just a discussion between the Spy chiefs limited on their constraints to share the details in open forum gives an impression that the book is just on the Indo-Pak relations. For a first time reader on the intelligence agencies, this may not be an ideal book.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

A political narrative.

Nothing to justify the title. General has successfully justified the misdeeds of his country. Mr. Dulat lacks wisdom to grasp things in totality.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Hi
  • 25-08-21

interesting presentation and content

loved it, can recommend to enthusiasts in the region of Akhand Bharat or South Asia.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Yogi
  • 08-02-21

Recent History makes these guys seem gullible.

This was a remarkable discussion and provided significant insights into how both players think. That said, these gentlemen are from a different era. Hearing them speak it seemed as if peace was simply hindered by misunderstandings and diplomatic rigidity. There was very little discussion of how fundamentalism has taken over Pakistan or how little regard there is in India for Pakistan. Whats more shocking is that neither man could imagine the revocation of article 370 and the escalation the Modi government has done after Pulwama.

These gentlemen seemed to lament the shortage of imagination in thier respective governments, but it seems they are the ones short on imagination. Modi solidified India's hold on Kashmir in ways that A.S Daulat did not see possible and Asad Durani has been defending charges of disloyalty by the Pakistan military.

This was an interesting conversation to hear but quaint and a bit foolish.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rahman
  • 14-03-21

Highly recommended book

This is an excellent book which discusses covert diplomacy between India and Pakistan and presents an insight into all the ups and downs in the relationship between two countries from a perspective we would normally never hear about. The authors clearly have a lot of respect for one another and their views and exchanges are frank and honest. There is so much potential in better relations between India and Pakistan and this incredible book will hopefully help focus minds on the possibilities that lie ahead.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • M. ahmed
  • 13-06-20

Great Book

Good book but very hard for me to listen to the narration done for the part of General Asad Durrani. Very heavy on ears . Very strong Indian accent and sounds young for the most senior character. Sounds like actor Sunil Shetty. Wrong choice.