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Absolute Friends | [John le Carré]

Absolute Friends

By chance and not by choice, Ted Mundy, eternal striver, failed writer, and expatriate son of a British Army officer, used to be a spy. But that was in the good old Cold War days when a cinder-block wall divided Berlin and the enemy was easy to recognize.
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By chance and not by choice, Ted Mundy, eternal striver, failed writer, and expatriate son of a British Army officer, used to be a spy. But that was in the good old Cold War days when a cinder-block wall divided Berlin and the enemy was easy to recognize.

Today, Mundy is a down-at-heel tour guide in southern Germany, dodging creditors, supporting a new family, and keeping an eye out for trouble while in spare moments vigorously questioning the actions of the country he once bravely served.

And trouble finds him, as it has before, in the shape of his old German student friend, radical, and one-time fellow spy, the crippled Sasha, seeker after absolutes, dreamer, and chaos addict.

After years of trawling the Middle East and Asia as an itinerant university lecturer, Sasha has yet again discovered the true, the only, answer to life, this time in the form of a mysterious billionaire philanthropist named Dimitri. Thanks to Dimitri, both Mundy and Sasha will find a path out of poverty, and with it their chance to change a world that both believe is going to the devil. Or will they?

©2004 John le Carre; (P)2003 Hodder Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"John le Carre never, ever phones it in....He's an old pro with the ardent heart of an amateur, which is why...he is still capable of producing a novel as odd, as ungainly, and as compelling as Absolute Friends....Fans...will be happy to learn that he returns here to his old cold war stomping grounds." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Seamless abridgement. No one reads le Carre better than le Carre. His nuances, accents, and inflections are as brilliantly precise as his prose." (Publishers Weekly)
"Le Carre brings his superb reading talents - sonorous, cultured voice; gift for accents; deft expressiveness - to the story of Ted Mundy, a fumbling, well-meaning Brit....He is simply one of the best author readers there is." (AudioFile)

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    KristinaH Columbia, SC USA 06-15-04
    KristinaH Columbia, SC USA 06-15-04 Listener Since 2002

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    "Great Book...NOT!"

    I've read 1000s of books, and this rates down there with TERRIBLE! This is the first time I've felt cheated when I bought a book. I've read Le Carre before, and this had to be an amateur stand-in writing this book and using his name!!

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    Roger Martinez, GA, USA 04-14-07
    Roger Martinez, GA, USA 04-14-07
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    "Classical Le Carre"

    This book is read by the author who not only displays is understanding of the book, but handles the different voices perfectly. He is nothing like other spy thriller writers; he's much, much better. Also recommend his newest book Mission Song

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    Rick RIDGELAND, MS, USA 02-25-04
    Rick RIDGELAND, MS, USA 02-25-04
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    "Polemic masquerading as fiction"

    This disappointing novel reads as though a promising beginning was grafted onto its very message-heavy ending. The author has made no secret of his disdain and distrust of the United States, so this paranoid concoction should come as no surprise. In the anti-American atmosphere that prevails in certain circles in Europe, the idea of the U.S. staging a phony terrorist operation to justify its policies and to coerce European countries probably sounds pretty plausible. That someone with Cornewell's (Le Carre) smarts could offer up a story like this indicates just how far relations between the U.S. and its erstwhile allies have deteriorated. Food for serious thought, but not necessarily for the reasons intended.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anita syosset, NY, USA 02-28-04
    Anita syosset, NY, USA 02-28-04
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    "dont waste a credit"

    boring, the worst book I've downloaded yet. A real chore to listen to.

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    Gayle A. Orner Corvallis, OR USA 03-25-04
    Gayle A. Orner Corvallis, OR USA 03-25-04 Member Since 2015

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    "Dreadful"

    I've downloaded many books from Audible, and this was the first that I didn't enjoy. Perhaps the author's style just doesn't work in the audible format.

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