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The Constant Gardener | [John le Carré]

The Constant Gardener

A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carré portrays the dark side of the unbridled capitalism. The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.
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Publisher's Summary

Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, The Constant Gardener opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana - the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers.

Tragedy elevates Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly oblivious to his wife's cause, when he wakes to his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

©2001 David Cornewell, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Hodder Headline Audiobooks, All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Elegant style, rich characterization, and Graham Greenish exploration of moral ambiguity. [John le Carré's] sonorous voice and nuanced delivery perfectly complement his authorial personality." (AudioFile)

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    Susan seattle, WA, USA 05-26-03
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    "good topical modern day fiction"

    LeCarre gets every voice right when he reads his book. A political/activist/travelog thriller.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Chris new york, NY, United States 07-02-12
    Chris new york, NY, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Ever the master,"

    Mr le Carre continues to be the high watermark of espionage/spy drama. His narration adds a depth and texture to his characters that only the author could.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    04-15-07
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    "The Constant Gardener"

    I found this book hard to follow on audio. I don't know if it seemed random since it was an abridged version, or not, but I constantly felt like I was missing something.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Milford, NH, USA 01-25-04
    Jonathan Milford, NH, USA 01-25-04
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    "A great story, well read"

    John LeCarre writes great characters and it is a real treat to hear him give distinct voices to each of them. This story grabs you right from the start and doesn't let up until it ends. Highly recommended!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ChrisR Australia 12-23-02
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    "Good but not great Le Carre"

    A good yarn - comparable to The Russia House. Le Carre paints an intriguing picture of Africa and of the abuse of the third world by the west and by the big pharmacutical companies. I found the ending a tad disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 12-11-06
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    "Disappointing"

    This book dragged on too much for me. I was also disappointed with LeCarre's narration. He seemed to revel in his own words versus tell a good story.

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