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A Perfect Spy Audiobook

A Perfect Spy

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • MS P WILSON
    6/5/16
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    "Good narration"

    Not the best Le Carre, but excellent narration. Rather long winded way of getting to where it was going.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • HT
    11/5/16
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Claire Kendall-Price
    Dorchester, Dorset United Kingdom
    6/11/16
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    "Extremely hard work"
    What disappointed you about A Perfect Spy?

    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.


    What will your next listen be?

    A much faster paced Le Carre with some depth, and a main character that interests me.


    What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is an excellent narrator who enlivens anything he reads.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Perfect Spy?

    I'm not sure, as the whole book was slow. I kept waiting for something to happen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    Offord Cluny, United Kingdom
    4/13/16
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    "Heavy going"
    What disappointed you about A Perfect Spy?

    Heavy going... I gave up 8hrs from the end.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John le Carré? Why or why not?

    Yes, because he is a legend! Maybe I got a bad one..


    What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great narration... excellent dialects


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    7/19/15
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    "Brilliant"

    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jp Russell
    Chichester harbour
    8/4/16
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • clivep
    6/6/16
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    "brilliant"

    brilliant story made even better by the fabulous narration of Michael Jayson. I will continue to read Le Carre

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    1/14/17
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    "Brilliant story narrated brilliantly!"

    This brilliant story has been added another dimension by the brilliant narration, particularly the variety of accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    1/12/17
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    "le carre at his best"

    seems abit ponderous but reaches its point well enough with very absorbing characters and an in depth plot le carre at his best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L.
    Clarkston, United Kingdom
    8/28/13
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    "this was time I won't get back in my life"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was most disappointing and I gave it time to improve by listening to most of part 1 however I could not bear to stick with it any longer!


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

    Greater external focus and less introspection.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Jayston’s performances?

    Yes, the narrator was the sole positive aspect of the experience.


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

    Not for me


    Any additional comments?

    Extremely disappointed reader

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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