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  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (393)

    The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
    "Beware if you haven't read Le Carre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Was going to be 50 Shades of Gray but due to reviews blasting the narration will probably go with lighter fare- maybe "Guts"


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less british spy jargon or at least a little explanation here and there on some of the story's characters, "circus" terminology, etc.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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