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Jonathan

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  • The Honourable Schoolboy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. Given charge of the gravely compromised Circus, George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the money tree. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world.

    Darwin8u says: "Conrad's Ghost Floats & Haunts this Sad Spy Novel"
    "An Honourable Effort"
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    If you could sum up The Honourable Schoolboy in three words, what would they be?

    Two. Smart. Dickensian.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Honourable Schoolboy?

    I have always loved the beginning, the Typhoon Saturday in the Hong Kong Press Lounge.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Jayston – was your favorite?

    Smiley and Guillam. Of course, Jayston played Guilliam in the original BBC series of Tinker Tailor, and has an advantage.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure, but that would be a tall order.


    Any additional comments?

    In the same way that Alec Guinness was probably the greatest casting choice in history as George Smiley, Michael Jayston's reading of Le Carre's works is nothing short of brilliant.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The General's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (336)

    Captain Ann Campbell is a West Point graduate, the daughter of legendary General "Fighting Joe" Campbell. She is the pride of Fort Hadley until, one morning, her body is found, naked and bound, on the firing range.

    karen says: "One of DeMille's best, an American classic"
    "Not a big fan of Scott Brick's work on this one."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The General's Daughter to be better than the print version?

    No, not at all


    What other book might you compare The General's Daughter to and why?

    Not relevant.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes. I think that Scott Brick is a very gifted narrator, I just think he missed the mark on this one. I didn't like the accent he chose for Brenner, and I felt like his interpretation of the female characters was rather simplistic. DeMille writes very strong female characters, and I don't think that Brick did them justice on this round.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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