I am giving this book 5 Smileys because it was a book I couldn't put down. I listen
on a Sansa Clip and our golden retriever got many more minutes walking the winter
winds along Chicago's lakefront, only because of the magic of this performance and
the writing. A walking chess game, it perhaps isn't the book for everyone. I had read
years ago on cassettes! an audible version of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and although I didn't really until this book realize that Smiley had a
Spy Who Came In From The Cold
No, but I'm going to look him up.
Get all the Smiley books into one set.
While both the narrator and the plot were good, I found that it just wasn't compelling in an audio book format.
I think my listening experience was hampered by:
- the deluge of characters at the start of the book, many of whom have a real name as well as a trade (spy) name, and are interchangeably referred to by either first name, last name or trade name
- the amount of jargon used, a lot of which I struggled to get a grip on through cues in context
All in all a frustrating listening experience.
The narration was excellent - the actor was awesome and really managed to carry the material in the story.
Suspenseful and intelligent.
Hard to say - the character development was so good. i had no idea who the double-agent was until the end. Beautifully resolved - a classic.
Yup! Drove from Washington DC to Dallas straight through on this book, a mdi kept me alive!
Great performance of THE BEST ESPIONAGE THRILLER EVER WRITTEN
Jim Prideaux (sp?) A towering, self contained figure, nursing his wounds at a prep school, representative of the human casualties of the cold war
The story line was confusing & characters also until midway in book when it all started to make sense- from then on it was a gripping story. I didn't want it to end. Much better in audio than the movie!
One of the most confusing, amazing plots ever amazing sense of entering a maze without any exit except the final chapters of the book. The pleasure of this book, and it is great, is in the texture of le Carrie's
writing, but that isn't quite enough to elevate it. The reading is wonderful.
What can I say about John le Carré that hasn't already been said? He is infinitely subtle, elegant in his prose and his characterization, his older work is rarely dated and he remains sharp and perceptive to this day. What makes this version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so superlative is the narration by Michael Jayston. Jayston was in the 1970s TV miniseries – he played Peter Guillam – and in my opinion you can hear it wonderfully, especially in his Smiley. This is one audiobook that I listen to over and over again, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
(P.S. Did you find the movie confusing? That's okay, it was! Listen to this instead!)