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A Delicate Truth | [John le Carré]

A Delicate Truth

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.
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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

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  • Jackie
    Dundee, Angus, United Kingdom
    5/28/13
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    "One angry old Tory tries to tell the truth"

    Out of place and out of time about sums it up. All the old certainties are warped as private enterprise asserts it's unprincipled strength in a world whose previous values are challenged. Espionage isn't what it used to be and who knows where the truth lies? Drops off a bit towards the end but nonetheless gripping tale of what but truth and lies. Well worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    5/27/13
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    "Slow burn but really, really worth the wait!"

    I am a great lover of John Le Carre novels and therefore I grabbed this new release immediately it was offered to audible members. What excellent value. Particularly as I think John Le Carre is great to listen to - this medium seeming more able to cope with the complex story lines than the written word or film adaptations. Truth is I did nevertheless struggle with A Delicate Truth to begin with - indeed I did consider abandoning the exercise altogether (something I very rarely do). Thank goodness I didn't - because this is a great tale with characters that you will really care about.I can't tell you any more about the plot without giving away the ending - but I can tell you that you get much closer to the characters than you usually do in a Le Carre story. I just loved them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trevor
    Craven Arms, United Kingdom
    5/22/13
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    "Le Carré back on top form"

    John le Carré’s writing is always of the very highest quality, however I was a little disappointed in his last book, Our Kind of Traitor. In A Delicate Truth he returns to top form with an excellent plot, brilliant characterization and superb dialogue.
    I have been listening to Le Carré reading his own work since the early days of audio cassettes and, although Michael Jayston’s readings perhaps remain my favourites, I have always thought Le Carré as good as any actor (not the case with many authors).
    My only criticism of A Delicate Truth would be the somewhat abrupt and unsatisfactory ending. I expect to have to use my imagination and don’t require everything to be spelled out for me but would, nevertheless, have liked to have things a little more satisfactorily resolved. As with Our Kind of Traitor I did half wonder whether the author had not been under time-pressure.
    Nevertheless I have now hesitation in awarding the book five stars, both for writing and narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Hvalstad, Norway
    5/20/13
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    "Very well read"

    Le Carré (who narrates this himself) is excellent. One of the best narrators I've heard (and I've heard many). I don't really like this genre but bought on the recommendations of others and I wasn't disappointed. I'm writing this half way through and I m dreading it ending because it is a really hard act to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fj
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    5/17/13
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    "Simply excellent"

    Beautiful descriptive prose, read by the man himself. What more could you want? Well a better microphone, perhaps, as the piercing sibilants were painful at times, and Mr le Carré deserves better - but with an audiobook of this quality I feel churlish for commenting on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lachlan
    Wincanton, United Kingdom
    5/13/13
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    "A Good Yarn"

    A very well read story with a thought provoking thread running through. The chacterisation was sound, so it was very easy to visualise the players in the story. The first half held my attention with a high level of suspense, but the second half was more predictable with a rushed ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Stongfjiorden, Norway
    5/10/13
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    "frighteningly plausable"

    The voice of the reader so comfortable english, the plot quite chilling in its perfect gent feasibility

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Palairet
    Bristol, UK
    5/4/13
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    "Truly immersive listening"

    This audiobook is very addictive (I don't know what the term for 'page turner' is in the spoken word). Easy to listen to and very enjoyable. The characters make the story and they are the reason I'm tempted to listen to this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    8/18/13
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    "does not hold my attention"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    before this i loved john le carre , i think for now he ought to write shorter books.


    What could John le Carré have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    shorter


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    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the first few sentences


    Any additional comments?

    nien

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • berenice
    JARROW, United Kingdom
    7/22/13
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    "Poor narration (loose dentures)?"

    The narrator has a whistle in their natural voice when in descriptive mode oddly when in character mode the whistle disappears.
    At first it is a peculiarity, 30 minutes in it is annoying and at times painful. You notice it listening through headphones when the sharp whistle can be painful, playing through normal speakers it is distracting.
    The story seems interesting but it is hard to follow as you listen because of the above.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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