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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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  • 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
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    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
  • Mark
    4/29/14
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    "Story better than the performance!?"
    What made the experience of listening to A Delicate Truth the most enjoyable?

    Good standard Le Carre story, nicely laid out.


    What didn’t you like about John le Carré’s performance?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    4/27/14
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    "Narrator adds a shine to a good novel"
    Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ecovisitor
    UK
    4/25/14
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    "Touching with a hint of brutality"
    Where does A Delicate Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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...


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

    It was a satisfying short tale- I wouldn't compare it to other stories.


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

    His voice is a joy to listen to, his characterisation is beautiful, all the individuals had their own voice.


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

    No, I liked to have space to wonder about the latest development and think about and anticipate the next part of the story


    Any additional comments?

    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....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lakeskip
    UK
    4/4/14
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    "I think he must have forgotten the final chapter.."
    What disappointed you about A Delicate Truth?

    I was thoroughly enjoying the book then It just stopped. May be a sequel on way but a bit frustrating.


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

    I felt it was similar to The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Simon Mawer...


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

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Great read until the disappointing end.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Heathfield, United Kingdom
    4/1/14
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    "Compelling book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Delicate Truth to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toby Bell - because he was so determined.


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

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In such a tense book, there were some episodes that made me smile - but not many.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    1/24/14
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    "Excellent. Great to see Le Carre as narrator"
    What did you like best about this story?

    John Le Carre's narration: highly effective and quite humorous in parts.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Crediton, United Kingdom
    12/28/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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