i was discussing with a friend what i liked so much about this series and Le Carre in general thus far and there are a couple of points. 1. there is a sophistication to the style and story that elevates it. 2. the intellectual, chess game aspect as opposed to the blow-em-up style that is invigorating. not everything is spelled out and the motives are murky and convoluted and and you have to think. very nice. complicated but worth it if you let yourself enjoy the writing and get immersed in the world of the Circus. I still have to put In From the Cold above this, but loved Tinker. I keep thinking of Greene's Human Factor also, one of the best.
Intriguing, suspenseful, satisfying
Jim Predeaux's recounting of his experience in Czechoslovakia to Smiley.
Haven't listened to any before
No, not until near the end.
Yes, would definately listen again because I enjoyed the story and would probably pick up more details know that I know the main characters. The narration strikes the right balance, not beening too theatrical but keeping the story moving.
Yes, but due to the time, it was stretched out over a delightful weekend.
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.
The ending of the previous Smiley novel, The Looking Glass War (Smiley, btw, plays a small role in that novel), really got to me. So I couldn't wait to give this a listen. Alas, I was completely lost at times. There are so many characters and the story jumps back and forth in time. Quite often, I asked myself, who's this guy? Wait, I thought he was dead? What time frame are we in now? The writing befits a spy novel -- precise, devoid of emotion -- and the narrator does a wonderful job, but this is a book to read, not to listen to. You really need to underline passages and write notes in the margins to understand what's going on.
Very did spy story, you can see why other stories would be inspired by this. I felt like I had a hard time following along and couldn't keep the characters straight. It could be me, I might not have been paying close enough attention or the story wasn't clear enough. I'm going to give the story the benefit of the doubt.
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