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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"A convicing ending to the trilogy"
The setting back in Europe, works better than An Honourable Schoolboy in the far east, the pace is fair and the trailing Smiley follows is believable and intriguing. Great ending
"Jason is superb"
I am mesmerised by Jayston's reading of le Carre. He is George Smiley and Sir Alec Guiness personified. He breathes life into the characters. Brilliant
This was excellent, perhaps the best of Le Carre's Karla series. I am a big fan of the narrator.
"Best of the trilogy!"
Great story, lovely narration - the characters really came alive and the narrative flowed seamlessly from chapter to chapter - highly enjoyable
"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
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