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Mattteo

SAN DIEGO, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse - a desk job - Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait.

    Walter says: "Great novel, but not Smiley..."
    "One of the best spy novels ever written!"
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    What did you love best about The Spy Who Came in from the Cold?

    This was a great "cold war" period piece. There were a variety of great characters who were all interesting and complex. The plot was full of twists and turns and never predictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Fiedler who was the intellectual East German counter intelligence man who was the counterpart of the English agent Leamas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book was very much dialog. I loved the hunting lodge conversations.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This book was made into a very good movie starring Richard Burton in 1965.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was written in 1963 but is just as relavant today as then. The reader will long for the era when communications took days instead of seconds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (189)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "Mission to Paris starts out strong and then fizzle"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Mission to Paris takes place in pre-WWII Europe. The reader is treated to wonderful descriptions of Paris and Berlin as Europe is on the brink of war. The historical events of the day are accurate and in context.

    The story itself starts strong but then seems rushed to conclude.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alan Furst? Why or why not?

    Yes! It was a fun read throughout although the ending was silly.


    What does Daniel Gerroll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes!


    Could you see Mission to Paris being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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