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A Delicate Truth Audiobook

A Delicate Truth

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"One of those writers who will be read a century from now" (Robert Harris)

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  • R D Droy
    3/12/15
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    "Absorbing thriller"
    Where does A Delicate Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a gripping thriller which kept my interest throughout the book. Well plotted with excellent use of language made it a stimulating read.


    Have you listened to any of John le Carré’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Brilliant narration by the author which really brought the book to life. His accents for some of the characters seemed very realistic. Nice variation in pace to match the mood of the scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a listen. May well read more from the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Viney
    Somerset
    2/24/15
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    "All too believable?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would be happy to recommend this book. The plot is intriguing and Le Carre is a master storyteller as well as being an excellent narrator in this case.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The structure of the plot / story line kept me guessing throughout while constantly giving me new relevant information to consider.


    What about John le Carré’s performance did you like?

    Le Carre read his own book well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a moment of despair where it seems all the corrupt forces within the British establishment described seem to have triumphed despite the most appalling circumstances. It is moving and thought provoking not just for the character to whom it occurs.


    Any additional comments?

    Read and enjoy.
    As usual Le Carre doesn't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Max Feilden
    Uk
    2/16/15
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    "Not my type of story"

    I didn't like the movie Tinker tailor soldier spy and this book by the same author is very much along the same lines. Great if you're into that type of thing but I found it very slow. Overall a very average book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KathrynS
    Beijing, China
    2/16/15
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    "Subtle and engrossing"
    Any additional comments?

    Le Carre's tale a of a man with a conscience is intriguing and subtle. Toby Bell, an ambitious civil servant in the foreign office, is drawn into a cover-up that feels topical and could be realistic. Bell's character is interesting, but I was left feeling that I didn't truly understand his motivation. The character that I found most compelling was Jeb, and the description of his emergence, and meeting with 'Paul', is fantastic as le Carre gives a wonderful impression of the suspension of time in those moments. The novel is written with le Carre's usual mastery, and builds to a crescendo that engages. Le Carre reads extremely well, and I was very impressed by his range of accents!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miko
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    2/10/15
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    "Decent Story, Brilliant Narration"

    The story was well-written and enjoyable, but I felt a bit let down by the abrupt end (as others have mentioned). The narration, however, was superb. I wish John le Carré did more narration - he managed it all, male, female, many accents, and not one of his voices seemed OTT or annoying to me, which is very rare! I'm impressed. All in all, well worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Gray
    UK
    1/18/15
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    "Brilliant"

    his best novel in years and I loved the author's reading even more than Peter Guillam's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Esher, United Kingdom
    12/29/14
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    "Took a while to get going."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    To me it took a while to get going, Then I started to really enjoy it.Unfortunately it ended too abruptly. I'd have like to have known more..


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointed


    Was A Delicate Truth worth the listening time?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    Buckie, Moray, United Kingdom
    10/8/14
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    "Le Carre has not been blunted."
    Where does A Delicate Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the upper ranks


    What other book might you compare A Delicate Truth to, and why?

    All of JLC's work. But I think it also has an original tone.


    Which character – as performed by John le Carré – was your favourite?

    JLC's narration was excellent and a revelation. He has a great and convincing range of accents. Perfectly narrated drawing one onto the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Clumsy Kit's well meaning actions.


    Any additional comments?

    Convincingly set in very recent past.
    I liked the end.
    I would happily read more about the hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bibliophile
    England
    9/27/14
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    "Excellent reading."

    The author, as usual, reads his work with total conviction. It's an excellent plot too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul S. Turner
    birmingham ,england
    8/3/14
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    "between a rock and a hard place"
    What did you like most about A Delicate Truth?

    Le carre is back to his very best with his new thriller


    What other book might you compare A Delicate Truth to, and why?

    this book is a lot like his earlier book The russia house


    What does John le Carré bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Le carre uses a lot of different nationalities in his books and it was enligthening to hear different voices which is something i don't do when i read a book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I'd have liked to but i couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    I love john le carre books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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