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  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus and it’s more than likely that the perpetrator is Karla Smiley’s old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow.

    Geoff says: "Top Narration"
    "An excellent read"
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    What did you love best about Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

    Everything. A well written novel, true to Le Carre's style, and well worth a credit/purchase.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clearly the central character, George Smiley. It brings back memories of the role played by Alec Guiness in the original movie.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Jayston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first time. He narrated extremely well. Being a British actor, he is well suited for this and other Le Carre novels.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Before choosing a John Le Carre novel it is important to understand his style of writing. The plots of his novels are slow, complex, and for some readers, even boring, but that's the way they are. If you want rapid action espionage, Le Carre is not for you. Instead you should choose Ian Fleming (James Bond), Frederick Forsyth or other authors of similar ilk.

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