John leCarre' writes political fiction, powerful and timeless. 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy' is complex and compelling. In beautiful prose the author takes the reader into a maze of intrigue, power, politics and deception. Made into a TV series by the BBC in 1974 and starred Alec Guinness as George Smiley. It was made into a movie again in 2011, this book is essential for lovers of espionage.
Michael Jayston is perfect as the narrator for leCarre' novels. His rich, beautiful voice seems well matched for the genre. I have listened to this book several times noticed immediately that Mr Jayston seemed to be channeling Alec Guinness when reading the character George Smiley. I was pleased to discover (when re-watching the BBC video version) that Michael Jayston had a major role in the production, playing Smiley's colleague Peter Guilliam.
This is a great book and an amazing performance. It is the book I go to when I am lying awake at night just need something to listen to!
One long disappointment ... maybe I was expecting too much. Sophie Hannah should have listened to a few Audible recordings of Agatha Christie's Poirot mysteries. Listening might have helped her get the voice right.
As a fan of the detective genre, I enjoy reading the early fiction tracing the development from Poe to the present and on both sides of the Atlantic. This is considered to be one of the earliest examples of British detective fiction.
To put this into a time line, Edgar Allen Poe wrote 'Murders at the Rue Morgue' (considered to be the first detective story) in 1841 in the United States. Sherlock Holmes didn't show up in London in 1887. In 1860, in England, Charles Dickens began the serial publication of 'Great Expectations' and Wilkie Collins wrote "The Woman in White'.
Written in the tradition of British romantic fiction, this book is full of love and loss, evil and retribution and it takes a detective to bring it all together. I loved the book, it is a literary treasure, long and lovely and full of twists and turns, reversals that are typical of the era.
The successful Harry Bosch series is a hard act to follow. Mickey Haller has become the new star in Connelly's constellation of police/legal contemporary fiction. I am such a fan of Harry that there were doubts the new guy would win my heart. Connelly is a clever and market conscious writer. He knows how to bridge the gap. Mickey Haller is a character that is easy to like, one you can read and reread. I remain one of those fanatic fans who snaps up the New Connelly the minute it is off the press.
Don't expect profound literature...this is fun, a great read, a good way to spend a weekend with your feet up and a box of chocolates.
Beautiful prose, well woven plot, compelling character development. I am waiting for #2 in the series.
This is Agatha Christie at her very best! A wonderful mind bender that keeps one guessing!
Poirot's final summing up, always surprising, this time he outdid himself.
In book full of twists, turns, liars and cheats, I was more manipulated than moved. Great fun. This is a wonderful story, well read by Hugh Fraser.
Right up near the top.
The ending ... a relief!
Not familiar with the narrators.
I was captivated, completely involved and ultimately relieved.
Very different from my usual choice of books, but excellent!
One of the best! I could not stop listening.
It is filled with both funny tender moments, a story of a a family finding each other.
The narrator is amazing, manages gender and age differences with amazing skill. This narration is a treasure.
The ending is very tender and sweet.
I have listened to this book three times in the three weeks since I downloaded it!
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