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Absolute Friends Audiobook
Absolute Friends
Written by: 
John le Carré
Narrated by: 
Michael Jayston
Absolute Friends Audiobook

Absolute Friends

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Publisher's Summary

The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, British soldier’s son born 1947 in a new independent Pakistan, and Sasha, refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West.

The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late 60s, again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage and, most terribly, in today’s world of terror. Spanning 56 years, Absolute Friends is a savage fable of our times.

©2010 John le Carre (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    fredmonster 07-19-10
    fredmonster 07-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A sort of accidental spy"

    Masterfully read by Jayston, brilliant ending that would never be the same in a movie version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    6/21/11
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    "The perfect voice for the master's story"

    John Le Carre writes quite amazing stories - about flawed innocents with pure intentions caught up in the mendacities of the real word. There is something about Michael Jayston's voice, the slightly jaded world-weariness, that makes it quite the perfect vehicle for Le Carre's writing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • bignewshound
    11/18/15
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    "Absolute"

    This was never one of Le Carre's best received novels. But with the wisdom hindsight, I the cold light of a post 9/11 day it it perhaps his most brutally honest and terrifying. I read it when it came out and listed to it again in November 2015. It is Jayston - the best reader of Le Carre my a long chalk mark - at his very best.
    Presentation aside, it is the content which on second visit I found so astonishing. I listened to the final few hours of the story on the weekend Paris and the world was reeling in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. What the novel is driving at. What it is implying and what it is explicitly saying are screamingly apt. This is not a subtle novel. This says it for all to hear. Everything that happens to us. The horrors which drive us to take cover under our duvets or seek solace and distraction in box sets, mobile technology and consumer goods of all shapes and sizes can all be traced back to one source: an unholy and utterly cynical alliance between power brokers and gun toting thugs across the political divide with the good old U S of A gluing them all together. Sleep well in your beds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • rodney
    10/31/14
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    "Jayston genius"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jayston and le Carré have done it again; the most fabulous duo since laurel and hardy.. In a 'word' unputdownable..


    What about Michael Jayston’s performance did you like?

    Michael has the rare ability of instantly transforming the written word into something utterly real. If his narrating was compared to a cake it would be something made of solid gold with a diamond cherry on top.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • bibliophile
    England
    6/12/14
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    "Superb reading"

    A very good listen. The reading was superb. The plot was resolved with a little too much paranoia, though!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Georgie
    Kinvara, Ireland
    4/9/14
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    "One of le Carre's best"

    Whether you're a fan of le Carre or a newcomer, this one is a must. It's his insight into what happens behind the scenes that is so important - this is an educational book as well as a great thriller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    Szentendre, Hungary
    5/27/13
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    "WOW"

    it's a must for all le care enthusiasts. It’s a must for thinkers of topical contemporary concerns. It’s a must for anyone interested in great writing. the author is the most underrated english writer of our times. and naturally, michael jayston does it again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • allison smyth
    1/1/16
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    "Gripping!"

    Great narration,stupendous plausible plot.One of Le Carre's best.Makes you consider what's really happening out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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