The best Le Carre yet, revealing the impenetrable moral equivocations of the corporate ascendancy in politics and war. The author reads with such simplicity and depth.
A well constructed story with a totally believable plot and well developed characters.
Mostly because of the reader it reminds me a lot of my personal favourite JLC book, Absolute Friends. The plot is of course different, but the quality of the writing and the reading is almost as good.
I dont think his books translate well to film, they are much better as TV series - for example the Smiley series, probably the best TV series I have ever seen.
There is a real benefit to having an author read his own work; the intonation, vocabulary and the "sense" of the story is far better than any other approach. Le Carre is truly blessed as an excellent writer with a superb reading voice and style.
Please let me exchange it. Audible advertises this service but they do not make it easy to actually accomplish this task.
If it wasn't so predictable. And if the characters were not so cartoonish. LeCarre's first few books were wonderful, complex, and unpredictable. His last few run like this: The good guys will end badly. They will end badly after making utterly stupid mistakes that the protagonists in his first few novels would have considered incompetent. In "A Delicate Truth" the good guys, all of them, achieve nothing toward their moral and praiseworthy goal, because they act like rookies, despite their years of experience and knowledge of tradecraft.
Something not by John LeCarre.
The last half of the novel.
I used to love John LeCarre. That was when his characters, both good and evil, behaved intelligently. His last 4 novels involve characters who behave like rank amateurs. In "A Delicate Truth", the main protagonist doesn't see things coming, which a 3rd grade reader would see coming a mile away. There is never any surprise anymore in his novels. The good guys are moral. They are self-defeating. They will end up very badly. The instrument of their bad ends will be telegraphed long before the end of the novel, and reader will wonder how the protagonist could not have seen it coming, when everyone else could. Sad ending for John LeCarre. He used to be able to write fiction. Now he writes cartoons.
Would and did.
For me, the most memorable moments are when Le Carre puts you in the midst of a terrifying and crucial moment, and slows time down to the point where you can smell, hear and feel the environment in which that moment exists.
Le Carre is a SUPERB narrator. One of the best. I would always, always prefer to hear him read his own books (or anyone's book, for that matter). He has everything - a craftsman's acting talent, a beautiful voice, the gravitas and subtlety necessary to convey the material without ever overplaying it. And I have to say that he is in the peak of form here - one of his best narrating jobs, and that's saying a lot.
This book, perhaps because of the extent of the author's human experience at this stage of his life, is extremely moving on some very subtle levels, but possibly the most moving character of all is Jeb. Wonderful character. If he weren't so beautifully and honestly fleshed-out as a character, his storyline might be melodramatic. But he is sketched out with such plain truth, and in such simple lines, that he rings absolutely true and is therefore ten times more tragic.
This is, to my mind, Le Carre at his very best. I love him as an author, but some of his most recent books have not hit home for me as deeply as his some of his earlier work. With this one, he returns triumphantly in his finest form and it makes me so happy. I could not be more delighted.
I've read all of his books. If he leaves out f___ in his next book, I'll get it. If not, I won't.
This one looks like he just discovered 'f___', he used it so many times. I lost track of how many. The story could have been told just fine without it. I don't swear and I don't read books that are filled with swear words. I wish he had left it out.
I love the Smiley books. I wish he would write more. This one doesn't compare at all with them.
No. I saw 'The Constant Gardener'. I think if a person hadn't read the book first, they wouldn't have a clue about the story.
Give me old fashioned spy novels!!
Le Carre is a wonderful author, and I have enjoyed his books in the past. I suspect there is in fact a good story in this one, somewhere, I have just found it impossible to listen to. With the author as narrator, I expect the accents and inflections are genuine and accurate, but it strikes me as listening to an aged relative recounting a story from their youth that you've heard a hundred times before. You love them dearly, but sitting through the story makes you want to scream. I've made it through an hour or so, and can't go any further. Can't recommend it.
A Fabulous Treat! Thank you Mr LeCarre. I look for your genius in print and the wait is always worth the while. Now in Audio you deliver the package of your brilliance as the Master of all masters! Encore! Encore!
No one. If you want to listen to the story then forget this book. Le Carre is a great writer but nearly unintelligible as a reader.
Speak more clearly. Avoid mumbling.
Who knows. I could hardly understand a word. Only could stand listening for a half an hour.
Le Carre needs to have someone else read his wonderful books.
Economic litigation attorney. Reading, the arts and physical activity are all necessary.
Of course. His stories dig deep into the frailities and evils of those holding power. [Did I miss something; was there a reason the Audible review inquiries needed to name le Carre twice?]
The story was interesting but it is dfficult to explain why? The characters were not at all dynamic, (although one was frustratingly unaware), the plot was plottingly sketchy, and the story was not believeable. I would imagine one gets carried along with le Carre's wonderful use of the English language and manner in which this master can describe - whatever.
Not necessary. There is a lot more value out there to read - including many other of le Carre's works.
The book was not wonderful yet le Carre leaves one thinking about this and that and you end up saying no so bad of a read. Yet, there are bettter.