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A Delicate Truth: A Novel | [John le Carré]

A Delicate Truth: A Novel

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.
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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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    Ann K New York, NY USA 06-11-13
    Ann K New York, NY USA 06-11-13 Member Since 2015

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    le carre reading le carre, what could be better? I found the first few hours to be confusing and sometimes tedious, but once the story takes off, it is riveting. And ripped from the headlines: what an opportune time to be thinking about surveillance, privacy, outsourced military action, and overstepping governments. Terrific story, beautifully drawn characters.

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    Robert Sare Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada 06-05-13
    Robert Sare Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada 06-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up A Delicate Truth in three words, what would they be?

    A must listen


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    I have listened to several hundred audible books, and this narration is probably the best I've ever heard. The writing is very good, but Le Carre's reading brings an extra dimension. He captures the humour and pathos in his own writing in a way I couldn't imagine picking up if I were to just read the physical book. If you want to understand how well a story teller can master his art, listen to this book.

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    Hayworth United States 06-02-13
    Hayworth United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2010

    Keep reading

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    "What a story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It is thrilling from start to finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Delicate Truth?

    When Jeb shows up in Kit's room.


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

    Everything. Who knew he was such a brilliant actor?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship between Kit and Susannah.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. Mr. Le Carre just gets better with age.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 05-23-13
    Christopher Boulder, CO, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and author of Gonzo Marketing: Winning Through Worst Practices, and The Bombast Transcripts.

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    "Le Carré just gets better and better"

    I didn't want this one to end. Le Carré is so refreshing after all the pointless schlock the espionage genre seems to kick out these days - mostly a contest to see how many bad guys can get blowed up in the shortest possible time. in contrast, this is an actual novel, with actual characters who actually develop! the only problem is that you'll find yourself wishing this was more like fiction and less like how the world is actually being run. if the novel doesn't make you uncomfortable, you might want to check if you still have a working conscience.

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    Mary 06-30-14
    Mary 06-30-14

    I love to read.

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    "He used f--- so many times. Offensive!!"
    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or John le Carre?

    I've read all of his books. If he leaves out f___ in his next book, I'll get it. If not, I won't.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This one looks like he just discovered 'f___', he used it so many times. I lost track of how many. The story could have been told just fine without it. I don't swear and I don't read books that are filled with swear words. I wish he had left it out.


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

    I love the Smiley books. I wish he would write more. This one doesn't compare at all with them.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I saw 'The Constant Gardener'. I think if a person hadn't read the book first, they wouldn't have a clue about the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Give me old fashioned spy novels!!

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    DiK 01-08-14
    DiK 01-08-14
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    "Awful Reader Quality"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. If you want to listen to the story then forget this book. Le Carre is a great writer but nearly unintelligible as a reader.


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

    Speak more clearly. Avoid mumbling.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Totally.


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

    Who knows. I could hardly understand a word. Only could stand listening for a half an hour.


    Any additional comments?

    Le Carre needs to have someone else read his wonderful books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leonard Honolulu, HI 05-22-13
    Leonard Honolulu, HI 05-22-13 Member Since 2015

    Love to Bungee!!

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    "le Carre At His Best!!!"

    I had been a devote le Carre reader for years, but have to admit after Smiley's retirement I was a bit dissappointed with the new characters and themes. Luckily, I saw a prepublication installment of A Delicate Truth in Harper's. The plot was intiguing and slightly reminiscent of the earlier novels. I am very glad I decided to download the books. The story only got better and better. Le Carre's narration was masterful and kept me riveted to the book. I finished it in two days. Definitely recommend and look forward to the next book.

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    William 05-22-13
    William 05-22-13
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    "One of Le Carre's best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Delicate Truth to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version so I cannot comment on audo vs print. The audio edition was captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    At age 81, Le Carre has written what is for me one of his best books. A complex story, beautifully told and beautifully read by the author. Very timely and with no "they lived happily ever after" ending. I found myself going back to hear parts of the story over again to clarify details and just to enjoy the author's voice. I have no doubt I will listen to this work many times, as I have so many of his novels. Most highly recommended.

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