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JEFFREY

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  • Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (254)

    George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy - which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he? The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carre's chillingly amoral universe.

    Darwin8u says: "Subtle story of friendship, espionage, guilt, etc"
    "Short but Impressive"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story had a good flow. I couldn't stop listening to the book. The intensity and exceitment kept building until the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When I first heard mention of this book, a British spy novel, my mind instantly conjured images of James Bond. I went into the book expecting a daring and suave hero. This expectation lead me to a bit of disappointment when I first met Smiley. But, as the book moved forward, I found myself becoming very fond of Smiley. A very clever hero in his own right. A hero that is not really a hero at all and is just as fallible as any of us. A very human character that has triumphed and failed, loved and lost, right and wrong. A character that can be related to by the reader.


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

    I enjoyed the narrators smooth delivery. He was very enjoyable to listen to. I was often immersed in the story as if I was watching a movie completely unaware of the narrators voice. He didn't overdo any of the characters voices, but sometimes this lead to confusion as to who was speaking in parts of the book containing rapid dialog from multiple characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great introduction to the series. The author has a knack for getting you to feel what the character is feeling with out a cumbersome amount of text. I enjoyed it until the very end.

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