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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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  • 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
  • Chrissie
    8/3/14
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    "First class thriller, expertly narrated."

    A joy to listen to, this is a true thriller in the best sense of the genre. Intriguing political tale of government, espionage and the establishment engaging in a complex game with expertly drawn central characters and plausible shadowy extras. The voice of the author suits the story, fully engaging the listener as the plot unfurls.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big sigh
    Simons Kindle
    6/17/14
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    "Another well timed book"
    Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? Why?

    Yes, I like the detail and the back story with the usual dash at the end.I also worked and lived in Gib and Cornwall.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am very in tune with the dislike on the privatising of HMG and in particular the armed forces. The vile politicians and senior civil servants treatment of the main protagonists is similar to my own experiences of the these groups. The naively of "Kit" and the integrity and bravery of "Toby" is encouraging, a few honest people will be the saviour of Great Britain in the end ( I hope) or am I being naive?


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

    Sometimes he carries of accents well sometimes not, I think (with respect) that Mr Square was over stretching it in this book! However, I do still like his reading of his stories.


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

    No, my experience is that with his style of writing, it is better to listen in 3 parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Always waiting for his next book, it strikes such a resonance with my own feelings and experiences of integrity or in some cases the complete lack of it by our masters and mistresses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • macca
    6/16/14
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    "delicate truth"
    What did you like best about A Delicate Truth? What did you like least?

    Not a lot, found it very slow at first. Didn't get going until almost finished..


    Would you recommend A Delicate Truth to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, because most of my friends enjoy a good storyline with lots of chaos and mayhem with a good surprise at the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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