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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Not a lot, found it very slow at first. Didn't get going until almost finished..
No, because most of my friends enjoy a good storyline with lots of chaos and mayhem with a good surprise at the end.
"Story better than the performance!?"
Good standard Le Carre story, nicely laid out.
Mr Le Carre has quite an inflection and elongates his S's, which seem to have been picked out at a higher volume in the recording so that it eventually became a bit painful to listen to. Listen to and extract before committing.
"Narrator adds a shine to a good novel"
I enjoy le Carre's books but have come to be wary of authors who read their own works. What surprised me here was that, not only is le Carre a good narrator, but that I could not think of anyone who might have read this story better. His pacing sounded natural and the changes of voice made the characters believable, bringing them to life. The book itself is the usual thought-provoking, le Carre novel and this recording makes it something that is better listened to than read.
"Touching with a hint of brutality"
Beautifully read by le Carre, but not long enough for me- I didn't want it to end. I love le Carre's writing- his books are usually deeply satisfying, but the ending was a bit hollow...
It was a satisfying short tale- I wouldn't compare it to other stories.
His voice is a joy to listen to, his characterisation is beautiful, all the individuals had their own voice.
No, I liked to have space to wonder about the latest development and think about and anticipate the next part of the story
Le Carre's books are always about something in our world and society- I was quite depressed about the state of things when I finished this book. In the past the greater good usually won out, but here, we are left with a sinister feeling at the end....
"I think he must have forgotten the final chapter.."
I was thoroughly enjoying the book then It just stopped. May be a sequel on way but a bit frustrating.
I felt it was similar to The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Simon Mawer...
The irish wife of the Welsh soldier. Very clearly drawn. I was dreading listening to the author ruin a good book (Think of Poor Bill Bryson narrating his Shakespeare's biography and I have listened and enjoyed nearly all his Audible titles) but I have to say that JLC did a smashing job.
Great read until the disappointing end.
Having said all that, I'd buy sequel if there was one, but as I haven't read many of JLC's novels, I wish I would have tried some of his others before this.
Toby Bell - because he was so determined.
It was excellent. It was so well read that I kept on listening to it on trips out in the car - I usually listen to Classic FM. I was really gripped by the story - and I had no idea where it would go to. Le Carre made the characters seem more real because the accents were appropriate.
In such a tense book, there were some episodes that made me smile - but not many.
I loved this book and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The only thing I didn't like was the ending - which I don't want to spoil for anyone else by saying why!
"Excellent. Great to see Le Carre as narrator"
John Le Carre's narration: highly effective and quite humorous in parts.
I have always been a great Le Carre fan and have followed the subtly changing nature of his work. I love them all and revisited the Smiley books as audiobooks.
"Could become a classic"
Very believable characters who quickly draw you in, as the pace quickens it is hard to stop listening. As always John Le Carre knows his subject and narrates very well indeed. When you get to the end, you hold your breath and hope it isn't true.
"Too believable conspiracy"
listening was enhanced by the narrator being the author. but it was also intense and needed seriously listening to, Well worth the time spent.
It made me download my next le carre novel
What an ending
"Not his best"
Probably not, it is a bit too conspirational for my taste. Lately le Carré seems to suggest that all the world is a conspiracy against everything non-Western.
Yes, he is a very good writer.
Beautiful speaking voice.
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