The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carre's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star-studded cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carre's taut, thrilling spy novels.
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You get several novels dramatized over 18 hours, in two massive files. It's impossible to pick one of the novels and listen to it separately. You just have to start at the beginning with Call For the Dead and keep going. The second file starts part way through Smiley's People, so there's no point starting there. God help you if you lose your place and have to find it again in one or the other of these two huge files. That's not quite what I expected from Audible. I like to be able to navigate readily within an audiobook. Audible should've divided this up so that each dramatization is a separate audio file. The production quality is quite decent, a bit hammed up in places, but then many English people do talk that way; also, I don't know that the reader doing Smiley has quite the right accent for a man of his age and social station.
I love the repeatability of this performance. I own about 80 audio books here at audible and a lot more that I've collected over the years and I've listened to this one over and over and over again. Excellent work.
Possibly the Sherlock Holmes dramatizations but I've still listened to this one more often.
There were unexpected moments when it made me laugh. The accents are very well done and quite a few characters are real ... well characters.
Extreme reactions? I could do with a whiskey. I'm also a bit more partial to frogs.
I mean, all the Smiley stories in one purchase with incredible BBC performances. Say no more. Say yes. These got me going back and listening to the full length books and watching the movies as well.
One of my current favorites, and, one I'll keep in my audible library.
George, because of his storylines, along with Connie due to her knowledge
George, among others.
I can't think of one, plus, several of these books ahve been adapted as films already.
A must-have for fans of John Le Carre, and spy fiction in general, I believe.
The problem with the BBC radio plays is that the main character, George Smiley, is a subtle introvert. There are scenes where George does nothing but sit there and wait in the novels. How do you do that on radio? The BBC didn't figure it out.
Some of the best bits from the novel were cut out, either for brevity, or because they were nuanced. One of the best bits of dialogue in "The Looking Glass War", where leCarre actually shows you how to convince someone else to do what you want as if it is there idea, was cut.
The audio books are also available on Audible. I have listened to both and recommend the books.
Excellent production and voice acting.
Don't judge this as if an abridged narration of the books.
Only downgrade is due to the weaker earliest novels which are still very good + entertaining and indeed part & parcel of the "Smiley" canon.
I can't believe this great collection is over. I enjoyed every minute of this radio drama.
If I had been able to actually access the book I bought (20USD) instead of having to download six different apps on two different devices. And it still does not appear anywhere in my library. Audible is a scam
"BBC radio adaptation at its best"
The BBC does great radio adaptations of well known novels and this ranks alongside The Lord of the Rings, War and Peace and Asimov's Foundation Trilogy as one of the best.
A good introduction to the Smiley series for those new to Le Carre and tasty comfort food for fans like myself who know his books well.
I stumbled across this presentation after listening to 2 Le Carre novels and must say that it was enthralling. So good was the acting that at times it stopped me from working just so that I could finish a story. I will look out for more in this format
This collection is well presented and enjoyable to listen to. The series takes George Smiley through the latter part of his Circus career and beyond, often he is not the mainstay but remains in the background as the master puppeteer.
The condensing of the books has been done well, it is not necessary to have read the books in order to follow the plot.
"BBC brings Smiley to life"
The cast of these radio plays bring the world of George Smiley to life. Right from the first moment you will be hooked.
A compendium of the rather marvellous and understated spys adventures vaucluse brought to life by Simon Russell Beale and the BBC. All the acting is great. Couldn't be happier with it.
Masterfully told coak and dagger stories of Cold War espionage. Convincingly performed and well produced.
Have already listened to it more than once. Superb quality and excellent writer.
George Smiley always
"A satisfying marathon listen"
Once I started this compendium radio drama I couldn't stop. It took the best part of two weeks to finish but it was well worth it.
All of the novels about George Smiley are here faithfully dramatised by Simon Russell Beale and a fantastic supporting cast.
It took me a while to get the image of Alex Guinness out of my mind but Simon is a worthy successor to the role and gave a suspenseful and subtle performance.
My favourite was episode was The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, but all of the stories were involving.
John Le Carre is a masterful writer in the spy genre and these productions from the BBC bring the stories to life.
"intriguing and thought provoking"
Great adaptation of the series. Excellent cast . Very atmospheric. Overall a very enjoyable listen.
John le Carrè is one of my favourite writers. We need some more radio dramas of his books.
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