This dramatized production is well-paced, with excellent characterizations and interpretation. Only drawback, all things must come to an end!
Excellent BBC casting and performances make this a true bargain, especially when offered at discount during Audible's seasonal sales. The son of a hospitalized horse trainer assumes temporary management of the family stables, only to face extortion, murder and other unmanageable ills! Naturally, in good Francis fashion, redemption wins out.
This dramatization, in eight half-hour episodes, apparently dates from 1993. Rene Basilico's adaptation of the novel is skillful, though perhaps inevitably some important elements of the story (particularly to do with Pym's childhood) are omitted or only mentioned briefly. The production is good, and James Fox is excellent in the lead role. My only complaint is that some of the acting is at times a little cartoonish. It's as if the program came at a time of transition between an older, "stagey" style of voice acting and a modern, more naturalistic approach. Fortunately the problem is mostly confined to minor characters. Although this program is not quite up to the standard of the BBC's recent (superb) cycle of le Carre's Smiley novels, it is still effective and enjoyable overall. Here's hoping the BBC will release more le Carre dramatizations!