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A Most Wanted Man | [John le Carré]

A Most Wanted Man

New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good "patriots" -- this is the fabric of John le Carré's fiercely compelling and current novel A Most Wanted Man.
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Publisher's Summary

A half-starved young Russian man in a long black overcoat is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa.

Annabel, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. Soon her client's survival becomes more important to her than her own career -- or safety. In pursuit of Issa's mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the sixty-year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.

Annabel, Issa and Brue form an unlikely alliance -- and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the "War on Terror," the rival spies of Germany, England and America converge upon the innocents.

Thrilling, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader never wants to let go, A Most Wanted Man is a work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.

©2008 John le Carre; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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    Atticus North Carolina 10-22-08
    Atticus North Carolina 10-22-08
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    "Outstanding on so many levels"

    This is, in its way, a spy story. But it's a lot more than that. It is a timely investigation into the mentalities around the 'terror terror' and the shift from cold war to the war against terror. LeCarre involves you with his characters while still withholding trust. They are people you'll care about so much you (or at least I) forget that something has to happen, that it can't be easily resolved.

    Every once in a while the narrator mixes his accents and a German becomes a Brit,e.g., but it's generally an excellent excellent read, excellently read.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Colorado Springs, CO, USA 10-23-08
    Paul Colorado Springs, CO, USA 10-23-08
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    "Poor Ending"

    When the Audible message came on at the end of the book, I couldn't believe it. The book ended too abruptly, leaving too many unanswered details. I actually went to the book store to confirm how it ended it was so poor. Up until then, I enjoyed it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth John Allen 10-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Extreme Disappointment"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Absolutely nothing.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I enjoy the genre, so a poor story and plot will not decrease my interest.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The whole book should have been binned, The storyline was so drawn out that it was difficult to be interested, and the author failed to hold my attention.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I don't think the narrator can be blamed for a story / plot that has little guts


    Do you have any additional comments?

    This was my first John Le Carre book and with its recent adaption as a film, and good reviews I expected an interesting and gripping read. I was very disappointed, the plot was thin, dragged out. I can think of no reason why I would revisit Le Carre.
    After reading the Publishers Summary I can't think he and I read the same book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RKonklinjr Saginaw, MI, United States 01-17-13
    RKonklinjr Saginaw, MI, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2011

    Language Arts teacher

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    "Too complicated for ears only"
    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or Roger Rees?

    No


    Has A Most Wanted Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'll read LeCarre and perhaps listen to a LeCarre read book, but no time soon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene with the American agents.


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

    I was happy to be done with it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Davide Guayama, Puerto Rico 11-23-12
    Davide Guayama, Puerto Rico 11-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "failure to launch"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I kept on listening waiting for it to get to the exiting part, just not in Le carre's style.
    The end reminds me of the spy that came in from the cold. You don't know what happens to one of the main characters.


    Would you recommend A Most Wanted Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's not a bad book. Pick it up if it's on sale, probably not LeCarre's best


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Didn't like the female impersonations


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    No Suspicion 08-24-12 Member Since 2015

    I could wile away the hours...

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    "Ends well"
    Would you listen to A Most Wanted Man again? Why?

    I would listen to the final 20 minutes again, because the long-awaited climax of the book is fulfilling, and the denouementis even better.


    What other book might you compare A Most Wanted Man to and why?

    Most of Le Carre's books share elements that are found in this one. Le Carre's gift is to create the unexpectedly complicated inner world of the spy. He has the gift of placing the spy and the people he damages into worlds in which they make meaningful connections with others, while they are deceived by each other, and ultimately betrayed by what they believe in.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was especially good when the focus of the story was on Tommy Brue—his hearty conviviality came through well.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It doesn't match Le Carre's best stories, but it is a satisfactory one to listen too. Sags a bit in the middle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    peter Szentendre, Hungary 05-29-11
    peter Szentendre, Hungary 05-29-11
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    "Le Carre & Rees a fine blend!"

    Le Carre & Rees come up with a winning combination. A brilliant book, with an intriguing plot presented in a superb prose. Le Carre spins another fascinating moral tale about out times. While Rees' ability to create characters and accents are equally commendable. Many people might deplore the story's anti US-CIA tone. Le Carre earlier works did serve American interests. However the world has changed, since the fall of the Evil Empire. It needed to find a new enemy to justify its political pragmatism. The global reality is very different from outside of the USA, then within. Le Carre's newer works hit upon those chords and experiences with formidable accuracy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nina Birmingham AL United States 07-28-09
    nina Birmingham AL United States 07-28-09 Member Since 2007

    Nina

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    "Another Excellent Le Carre'"

    Hope he lives forever. This is the first one I listened to instead of reading and was not sure I would catch the nuances, but enjoyed as much as tho I read it. Very good narrator, too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntsville, Albania 12-20-08
    John Huntsville, Albania 12-20-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"

    The plot is a little contrived, which is tolerable. However, the nature of the story takes on a decided change towards the end. It's like the author was moving along at a reasonable pace with the story, then there was a phone call from the Publisher, who said "Jerk, you'd better get this finished in the next week". So the last part of the story shifts gears from "Forward Slowly" to "Breakneck". Now, maybe you argue that's the way it happens in these things, but the care taken in developing the characters and the story was not continued through the ending.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-16-09
    Alexander Los Angeles, CA, United States 12-16-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Highly disappointing"

    The storyline was surprisingly thin. Being an avid spy fiction reader, I cannot think of a less intricate plot from anything else I've read.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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