Could not finish it.
I couldnt finish the movie either.
I just could not follow this book at all. It was all over the place. Perhaps not seeing paragraph changes etc like you would in a book muddied it up for me. I realized i was half way through and had ABSOLUTELY no clue what was going on. I literally could not tell you anything but a few characters names. Theres just a LOT being talked about and i could not follow. Certainly not for everyone. Not a bad book at all but not for everyone.
It was dull and boring. I could not get into it.
I have no idea. I did not get that far into the book. I hated it.
This just is not my type of book. If Ken Follett would have written it then I would have loved it! The idea of the book was great but the author was not. In my own opinon. I understand other people might like this type of book. I did not.
Extremely well constructed.
The subtle intrigue. Nothing was over the top. It seemed that the author matched his method of story telling to the lives of the characters he described. Quiet, deliberate and with a great many of the details of the story implied but never written.
George Smiley of course, but he did a brilliant job with all of them.
I wouldn't say extreme but it definitely made me look forward to the next opportunity to listen to the story.
The strength of Mr. Jayston's abilities will have me looking for other author's books that feature him as their narrator.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
While its set in the "old days" of the cold war, this Le Carre novel's subtext about the inner motivations of cold warriors, what makes them tick, their doubts, their cynical calculations and justifications, is really refreshing.
This is not a battle between "good" and "evil" as we see so often from the jingoistic media these days, but a battle between flawed but determined opponents playing out a convoluted struggle for power and control.
I enjoyed it very much.
Jayston is a perfect fit for the Smiley series. First off, Michael Jayston sounds like Alec Guiness, so you are already listening to George Smiley. He also alters his voice and accent for the various characters throughout this book and the others in the series.
John LeCarre is a wonderful writer and I enjoy reading his books very much. Regrettably, the reader in this instance had too much of a monotone voice for me. It proved very difficult to listen to the book. A better reading and this book would have received a much higher rating from me.
The reader pronounced every nuanced vowel in a way that didn't feel effortless, but forced. I would have preferred a different reader.
The story was good, and I could see it being a great read...just not a great listen.
I listen to audiobooks in the car commuting to work and although I wanted to like this book, I couldn't focus on DC traffic and hold the story at the same time. I found myself having to re-listen to chapters because I had no idea what was going on. For me, the story had too many characters with too much jargon for a semi-passive listen - it requires more focus than I could give it while driving.
Some explanation and exposition. I had to re-listen to sections based on british slang or british intelligency agency jargon. I've listened to hundreds of thrillers, some very complex and politcal but this one was a tough listen. I gave up about 5 hrs into the book. I saw the movie hoping that some of the vague aspects would be clarified but the movie wasn't that easy to follow either. I think you either get this kind of Le Carre novel or you don't. If you're looking for an easy intriguing listen, this is NOT it.
Was going to be 50 Shades of Gray but due to reviews blasting the narration will probably go with lighter fare- maybe "Guts"
Less british spy jargon or at least a little explanation here and there on some of the story's characters, "circus" terminology, etc.
Disappointed. I knew there was a cool story there but just too much effort to figure out what was going on chapter to chapter based on the narration/heavy brit accent.
This book may be an interesting read, but it was very bad as an audiobook. The British slang, mixed with spy jargon, and a complex plot with dozen of characters and names made it very difficult to keep straight. After listening to over 100 audiobooks, with was one of 3 I never finished.