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A Delicate Truth Audiobook
A Delicate Truth
Written by: 
John le Carré
Narrated by: 
John le Carré
A Delicate Truth Audiobook

A Delicate Truth: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

Cornwall, UK, 2011: A disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be - or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher ("Kit") Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit’s beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?

©2013 John le Carré (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    adam friedman 05-29-16 Member Since 2009
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    "His best in recent years"

    He makes a point, in his signature style, which some may find too unpleasant to acknowledge as truth.

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    BallaghMan North Carolina, US 04-15-16
    BallaghMan North Carolina, US 04-15-16 Member Since 2016

    Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).

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    "Ugh, Michael Jayston come back"
    Would you try another book from John le Carré and/or John le Carré?

    Le Carre is great but don't give up the day job leave the reading to M Jayston please


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    Dennis Orinda, CA USA 04-09-16
    Dennis Orinda, CA USA 04-09-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story but an abrupt end"

    Did le Carre reach his word quota and decide to stop writing? Good buildup but no climax.

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    Matt Peterson 03-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "bad. just all around bad."

    bad just bad. dont download or listen. you have been warned. just don't. trust me.

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    Mark Coeur d Alene, ID, United States 02-15-16
    Mark Coeur d Alene, ID, United States 02-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very abrupt end"

    This book needs a proper epilogue. It's present conclusion is abrupt and most unsatisfying. Had I known how inconclusive and unfulfilling the end would be I never would have purchased this book.

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    Davida 12-23-15
    Davida 12-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a Thriller Should Be"
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    Just another great thriller by a master writer. The fun part is that John le Carre is the narrator and does a fantastic job. He cracked me up a number of times.

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    sandra b 12-02-15
    sandra b 12-02-15
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    "Loved the story. Loved the Narrator."
    Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice. It's like visiting friends. A good story is worth hearing more than once. I'll be ready to listen to it again in about a year... just long enough for the details of the story to get a bit fuzzy in my memory. There are not many authors that I re-read, but John le Carre is one that I do.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I couldn't stop listening. Had to choose tasks to do that allowed me to listen... both times.


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

    He knows how he meant the people to speak and the atmosphere he meant to convey.


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

    I wanted to listen to it all in one setting, but I had to go to bed and start again the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    John le Carre is one of my favorite authors. I read The Little Drummer Girl in my late teens, then I got hooked on Smiley and look forward to each book. As I've said, I've read a few of them more than once. I think it's time I went back and visited Smiley again. It's been a while.

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    Greg 08-20-15
    Greg 08-20-15
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    "Good plot/story, tough listen"
    If you could sum up A Delicate Truth in three words, what would they be?

    Rich, layered and interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The normality of the characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John le Carré?

    Another Brit?


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The audio was tough to listen to as every "s" was a sibilant whistle in my ear. It was a significant distraction from the story. This was a problem on 2 of 3 audio devices I tried.

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    lucy jane kniseley 02-09-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Masterful!"

    Wonderful narration by the author. Feels like he's reading for me alone in authentic voices of the characters, just as he imagined them.

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    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 12-17-14
    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 12-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If only there was a sequel"

    le Carre shows why he's so highly regarded. I'm always concerned when a book is read by the author, but he's superb. It's hard to classify this book, but it's realism is such a relief in contrast to the exaggerated plot lines and actions too often seen in spy/thrillers.

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