This is, in its way, a spy story. But it's a lot more than that. It is a timely investigation into the mentalities around the 'terror terror' and the shift from cold war to the war against terror. LeCarre involves you with his characters while still withholding trust. They are people you'll care about so much you (or at least I) forget that something has to happen, that it can't be easily resolved.
Every once in a while the narrator mixes his accents and a German becomes a Brit,e.g., but it's generally an excellent excellent read, excellently read.
When the Audible message came on at the end of the book, I couldn't believe it. The book ended too abruptly, leaving too many unanswered details. I actually went to the book store to confirm how it ended it was so poor. Up until then, I enjoyed it.
Engaging, smart, and modern
I thought this was a well developed and believable story. The plot was in keeping with current events.
Many of the scenes were interesting, from the beginning when Issa arrives in Hamburg to the very end when government interests collide.
I enjoy the genre, so a poor story and plot will not decrease my interest.
The whole book should have been binned, The storyline was so drawn out that it was difficult to be interested, and the author failed to hold my attention.
I don't think the narrator can be blamed for a story / plot that has little guts
This was my first John Le Carre book and with its recent adaption as a film, and good reviews I expected an interesting and gripping read. I was very disappointed, the plot was thin, dragged out. I can think of no reason why I would revisit Le Carre.
After reading the Publishers Summary I can't think he and I read the same book.
Language Arts teacher
I'll read LeCarre and perhaps listen to a LeCarre read book, but no time soon.
The final scene with the American agents.
I was happy to be done with it.
I kept on listening waiting for it to get to the exiting part, just not in Le carre's style.
The end reminds me of the spy that came in from the cold. You don't know what happens to one of the main characters.
It's not a bad book. Pick it up if it's on sale, probably not LeCarre's best
Didn't like the female impersonations
I could wile away the hours...
I would listen to the final 20 minutes again, because the long-awaited climax of the book is fulfilling, and the denouementis even better.
Most of Le Carre's books share elements that are found in this one. Le Carre's gift is to create the unexpectedly complicated inner world of the spy. He has the gift of placing the spy and the people he damages into worlds in which they make meaningful connections with others, while they are deceived by each other, and ultimately betrayed by what they believe in.
The narration was especially good when the focus of the story was on Tommy Brue—his hearty conviviality came through well.
It doesn't match Le Carre's best stories, but it is a satisfactory one to listen too. Sags a bit in the middle.
Le Carre & Rees come up with a winning combination. A brilliant book, with an intriguing plot presented in a superb prose. Le Carre spins another fascinating moral tale about out times. While Rees' ability to create characters and accents are equally commendable. Many people might deplore the story's anti US-CIA tone. Le Carre earlier works did serve American interests. However the world has changed, since the fall of the Evil Empire. It needed to find a new enemy to justify its political pragmatism. The global reality is very different from outside of the USA, then within. Le Carre's newer works hit upon those chords and experiences with formidable accuracy.
Hope he lives forever. This is the first one I listened to instead of reading and was not sure I would catch the nuances, but enjoyed as much as tho I read it. Very good narrator, too.
The plot is a little contrived, which is tolerable. However, the nature of the story takes on a decided change towards the end. It's like the author was moving along at a reasonable pace with the story, then there was a phone call from the Publisher, who said "Jerk, you'd better get this finished in the next week". So the last part of the story shifts gears from "Forward Slowly" to "Breakneck". Now, maybe you argue that's the way it happens in these things, but the care taken in developing the characters and the story was not continued through the ending.