George Smiley was summoned from his dubious retirement by two seemingly unconnected events - an old woman in Paris is promised the return of a daughter she will never see, and a handover is to take place on a steamer in Hamburg.
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"Classic Le Carre"
A very good audio rendition of one of Le Carre's Classic Smiley novels. Thoroughly engrossing. Excellent characterisation and a story which shows the mundanity of the world of Cold War espionage. If you want Bourne or Bond this is not for you.
Michael Jayston delivers yet another outstanding performance. The world of George Smiley revolves around you, as you are taken to the streets of Paris right the way through to the watch towers and crossing points from East to West. No glamour, no car chases, an aversion for guns, just dirty amoral spy work. I loved it.
"The end of Karla..."
An absolute must for the George Smiley fans, well written and excellently narrated, it sews together many of the threads from previous Smiley episodes, especially 'Tinker, tailor, solider spy'... Which is undoubtedly Le Carre's masterpiece. Well worth a listen.
One of the very finest captivate spy stories of all time and very well read.
As always Le Carre is spot on. Do all three books to get the full flavour of Smiley's story. The hints of Alec Guinness coming through was a nice touch.
"Brilliant read or listen"
Wonderful third part to the trilogy the characters are so well drawn. You hardly feel you are listening to it as it leads you
"Another work by the master"
Yes, because of Michael Jayston's excellent portrayal of the characters, especially the (Alec Guinness-like) Smiley
The wonderfully deep and convoluted pathway through the puzzle of the plot, gradually pulling disparate elements together to reach a powerful ending.
I have several other John Le Carre audiobooks read by Michael Jayston. To me his reading of them adds amazingly to the already wonderful texture of the written works. His performance is pretty much perfection.
I have listened to this audiobook at least three times since I bought it and I am sure I will listen to it many more times over the years.
"Brilliant, just brilliant."
An amazingly entertaining rendition of the Le Carre book, read exceptionally well by Michael Jayston. I was sorry when the book reached its climax.
Excellent Le Carre story read excellently by Michael Jayston. I came to Le Carre via the 70s TV adaptations with Alec Guinness and their terrific casts (including Jayston). Jayston's voice is able to manage all the characters' little foibles as Le Carre wrote them, but even more importantly gets the tone of Smiley spot-on, not to mention the whole Circus background.
If you like Le Carre's Circus novels then this is for you. If you've not come across them yet, then don't start with this one as it's really the end of a series, but go for Jayston's narration.
Absolute rock solid 5 stars all round.
"One of the great classics"
You can't beat the atmosphere in this trilogy, the voice of the narrator is perfect.
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