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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"This is not really espionage"
I was disappointed with this audiobook not because of the reading. Michael Jayston always gives a superb performance and this was no exception. The problem for me was that this was not really espionage. It was the life story of the spy Magnus as written by himself. It was also the life story of his father Rick and all of Magnus`s "mothers". The detail involved in this was intense and if it is what you are looking for then it is very good. But I was looking for espionage and found that the thread of espionage was thin and tenuous, and stretched almost to breaking point for many long periods of the story. The "spy" aspect of the book seems to have been an excuse for stringing together many hours worth of a story describing the forming of Magnus`s character and the reason why he became an agent, rather than what he was doing as an agent.
"this was time I won't get back in my life"
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!
Greater external focus and less introspection.
Yes, the narrator was the sole positive aspect of the experience.
Not for me
Extremely disappointed reader
It was most lovey and interesting as it makes me relax and comforting and keep me wanting more
No it's perfect
It was most interesting
"Well written and satisfyingly told"
Yes. It is a good story that centres on filling out its one central character. The complex narrative is handled well and I remember its details a year after finishing it.
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