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Richard

Mackay, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • Our Man in Havana

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

    Jean says: "Delete the Music and It Would Be Fine"
    "Greene cooked to perfection"
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    I found myself chuckling whilst I listened to this beautifully written and recorded book. Greene draws us into the serpentine world of the secret agent and allows us to simultaneously join him in smiling even laughing aloud at the traps the narcissistic members of the professional spy brigade weave for themselves. And through it all the hero and his delightfully artful daughter manage to dodge the bullets and emerge with innocence largely intact. All set against the backdrop of pre-revolution Cuba.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Alec Leamas has ended his time in Berlin. Or his time has ended him. The last of his Eastern agents has been killed, like the others, by the Abteilung. Back at the Circus, Leamas is put on the shelf. He turns to drunkenness and dishonesty and finally disappears from view, a seemingly broken man. But unknown to anyone except George Smiley and his master, Control, Leamas has been given his toughest mission ever. He will have to be himself but more so.

    Pita says: "Outstanding Novel, Brilliantly Read"
    "Cold war and hot action"
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    John le Carre at the height of his powers transports us back to the troubling days of the Berlin wall, mutually assured destruction and intrigue. Written at a time when Britain was still a power with influence in the world; for those who lived through those times it is a powerful evocation of the past. For readers who live in the world of glasnost and Putin there is still plenty to keep you listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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