A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain’s most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas.
Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn’s daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?
John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.
©2013 John le Carré (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
"One of those writers who will be read a century from now" (Robert Harris)
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"Wonderfully plotted, well read by le Carre"
I very much enjoyed the book. Great characterisation, complex plot well put together. Have not had great experiences with books read by the author but le Carre does a great job. He's great at all his various accents!
"Some authors should stick to writing"
The narration. The breathing was really distracting
Not sure as could not get past the narration
Should have left it to a professional actor
The many excellent reviews are well deserved! The story is clever and compelling. The narration of John le Carre a treat.
"Gripping story overall"
This was a gripping and chilling story, with tense events told with great expression. Every character was beautifully realised in voice and description. However the conclusion was unsatisfactory. Having invested time really wrapped up in the story the final exposition left us up in the air. Of course you could argue that now it was the turn of the reader to complete the story, but that's a bit of a cop out. However that said it was a terrific story.
"Needs all concentration levels"
Beware, this does not come close to an expert review. I have recently started to listening to audiobooks and i have to say this book did not allow room to multitask! La Carre's style require full attention which i am not skilled at. for this reason alone, in futute I will purchase the hard copy of Mr La Carres' books. In hindsight, I should have done this after watching Tinker Tailor Soilder. It is probably a very good story, I do not doubt its skillfully written, but I suspect I lost most of the detail.
"pity that the download was scrambles ."
a very good yarn.
i was surprised by the ending.
I would buy this author again.
pity about the tangled download
maybe the wifi faded out again
Good story, beautifully written, extremely well read. Gripping, had to keep listening to it at every opportunity after the journey.
"Lost without a map."
Tried and failed about five times or more to listen to and follow this but ended up lost every time. I gave up in the end. John LeCarre is a great narrator, perfect for the narrative (if only I could follow it).
"A great listen"
John le Carre's narration was fantastic and good story.
Any of John Le Carre's novels, they are all great reads or listens
All of them
I would like to hear more narrations by John le Carre himself.
"Solid Spy Stuff Excellently Read"
I've not read the print version but the story lends itself well to being an audiobook
Excellent pace and poise
Not really but I wasn't expecting to. A solid spy story, well told. Perfect for the beach.
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