When a Russian émigré is found murdered on Hampstead Heath, Smiley is called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past. What follows is Smiley the human being at his most vulnerable and Smiley the case officer at his most brilliant; and it makes to a thrilling conclusion his career-long, serpentine battle with the enigmatic and ruthless Russian spymaster Karla.
Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Anna Chancellor, Lindsay Duncan, Maggie Steed, Alex Jennings and Kenneth Cranham, this enthralling dramatisation captures every nuance of le Carré’s complex and compelling novel - the final book in John le Carré’s Karla trilogy.
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Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.
I have been a keen fan of John Le Carre for a long time, this dramatisation is excellent. It is at the right pace for the story to unfold the actors fit their roles as though they were made for them and the device of having the character Ann play an active role in the story shows the other side of Smiley. This is a superb piece of work as are the others in this series, and thanks Audible for making the recordings available so quickly after broadcast.
I love this book, but disliked the dramatization. It rushed through a very involved, intricate puzzle-box of a novel, losing both the tone and rhythm of the book. If I hadn't read the book, and seen the miniseries, I'd have been completely lost. I realize that a dramatization differs (often dramatically) from its source, but this one cut too much, and raced through what remained.
Really enjoyed the tradecraft and excellent performances of the whole cast. If you enjoyed Tinker Tailor Solider Spy this is a sure bet!
eautifully read and produced and a thoroughly engaging narrative. Can?t wait to listen to it again.
Simon Russell Beale, and all cast members capture the characters precisely. A joy to listen to, many times over.
The story whilst interesting, is not as gripping as tinker tailor soldier spy. But the or for Manchester were brilliant as ever from Simon Russel beale as smiley.
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