Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna, has suddenly vanished, believed defected. The chase is on for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a life-time secret agent.
Pym’s life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. The race is on to find the perfect spy.
©1986 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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Not the best Le Carre, but excellent narration. Rather long winded way of getting to where it was going.
"Bit of an endurance challenge"
Well. I've enjoyed some of his other books a lot. I found this one quite a marathon really, not helped by the narration style that took several hours of listening to get used to. It's not so much a spy novel as a novel about the personality and relationships of a spy throughout his life. His book is probably a bit like marmite.
"Extremely hard work"
The story is very slow and basically about the main protagonists childhood and his fractured relationship with his father. Yes, it showed how he became good at hiding things (including himself), but is one of the few books I just so bored with I could not finish it.
A much faster paced Le Carre with some depth, and a main character that interests me.
He is an excellent narrator who enlivens anything he reads.
I'm not sure, as the whole book was slow. I kept waiting for something to happen.
Heavy going... I gave up 8hrs from the end.
Yes, because he is a legend! Maybe I got a bad one..
Great narration... excellent dialects
Definitely one of Le Carre's best. The shifting between 1st and 3rd person narrating is masterful. And read to perfection by Michael Jayston (as always).
"A fantastic listen in every respect"
I could not believe some of the reviews I have seen. This was the audible equivalent of couldn't put it down. It made my 3-4 hour daily commute something to look forward to and despite its length it ended way to soon. I loved the way stories of work family, domestic family and criminal family weaved together. The one thing I didn't get was which character was narrating the conversation with Pym's son from about half way. A fascinating take on what a traitor is.
brilliant story made even better by the fabulous narration of Michael Jayson. I will continue to read Le Carre
"The Master of Espionage"
A Perfect Spy is a masterpiece. The perfect novel. You won't read / listen to a better piece of fiction.
"They're always good stories"
Another good listen. Full of suspense and twists and turns. We'll read and a great listen
"Not as advertised - not a spy thriller"
The characterisations of specific people - especially Rick, and to some extent Axel and Brotherhood.
I've not listened to him before, but he's captivating - this was the best thing about the download.
Definitely not a spy thriller. No suspense, no denoument, no twists and turns. If you're looking for that (and from the title, you'd be justified expecting it), look elsewhere. This is a masterful example of building characters, their relationships and interplay and for that it wasn't bad, but even up to the last hour or so I was still expecting something to actually happen. Nothing does.
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