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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"Le Carre at his very best and based on his dad's story"
I've just read John Le Carre biography, this is a fictionalised account of his and his dad's real life mixed with a spy story. His dad was a cone artiest in real life and I read his biography then read this. Wonderful book
"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.
Not the best Le Carre, but excellent narration. Rather long winded way of getting to where it was going.
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).
"Complex story, very compelling"
Brilliant narration keeps this very complex story bowling along. This is really three narratives rolled into one, with astonishing control of the characters and such clever ideas. Pym's story and his father's story are told like a memoir (as he is writing it) but still with plenty of tension. These are interwoven with details of Pym's disappearance and the efforts to track him down.
"SIMPLY the BEST...."
Perfect Spy is not only le Carré's finest, but it is perhaps the greatest English novel of the 20th century, that Michael Jayston delivers with mastery and clout ! if you're preparing a list of the top 10 books, you ought to read during your lifetime, don't miss this one. read it or listen to it, or both.
"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
brilliant story made even better by the fabulous narration of Michael Jayson. I will continue to read Le Carre
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