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Joyce

Joyce Monterey, MA, United States Member Since 2004

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  • "The Perfect Spy - Dramatised BBC Ca..."

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    Would you try another book from John le Carré and/or the narrators?

    I would definitely buy another recording if the music cuold be excluded. The durgelike, hideous and penetrating music is hard on the ears, brain and detracts enormously from the enjoyment of the recording.


    What other book might you compare A Perfect Spy (Dramatised) to and why?

    Not applicable.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators are superb.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    A Perfect Spy (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By James Fox, Harriet Walter, Julian Rhind-Tutt
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    A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the bestselling novel by John le Carré, starring James Fox, Harriet Walter and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Magnus Pym, Counsellor at the British Embassy, is hosting a dinner party at his home in Vienna when he receives an unexpected telephone call that will profoundly affect his life. Once the guests have gone, Pym breaks the news to his wife, Mary: his father, Rick, is dead. In a state of shock, he says something Mary cannot understand - 'After all these years, I'm free.'

    Christopher says: "A decent dramatization"
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    "Magnum PI in a toga"

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    What made the experience of listening to The Silver Pigs the most enjoyable?

    Christian Rodska brings our hero to life! I read the book first, then listened to the audio version...then I bought it. There are no dull points and the writing is terrific. Lindsey Davis has a wonderful gift of wit. The descriptions and dialogue stand alone as written, but the impact is magnified by Christian Rodska's vocal skills and expressions.


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  • "A decent dramatization"

    3 of 3 helpful votes

    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!

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    A Perfect Spy (Dramatised)

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    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By James Fox, Harriet Walter, Julian Rhind-Tutt
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    Christopher says: "A decent dramatization"

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