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The Mission Song | [John le Carre]

The Mission Song

Abandoned by his parents, Bruno Salvador has long looked for guidance. He found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility, Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, and snatched voice-mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain--but then he hears something he should not have.
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Abandoned by his parents, Bruno Salvador has long looked for guidance. He found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility, Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, and snatched voice-mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain--but then he hears something he should not have.

©2006 David Cornwell. All Rights Reserved; (P)2006 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks. All Rights Reserved

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"Amid the bursts of humor, le Carré convincingly conveys his empathy." (Publishers Weekly)
"His prose is as lovely and expressive as ever; his ear for dialogue remains wonderfully acute." (Washington Post)

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    Peter toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-25-06
    Peter toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-25-06
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    "Audio Triumph"

    This is the best audiobook I have heard. I think it is probably better as an audiobook than a text because of the incredible narration.

    It is beautifully written - full of colours and textures. It is not a thriller, but grpping nonetheless.

    It reminded me of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brashear Robert Keith Hong Kong 09-10-09
    Brashear Robert Keith Hong Kong 09-10-09

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    "good book, good & appropriate narrator"

    These folk who complain about the narrator don't get it. If they can't understand his various accents, well, I'd say that they must not venture far from home. This narrator was completely appropriate for this book and the character he enacted.
    I enjoyed the book. It wasn't my favorite le Carre book, but it was good. As those who have read him before know, he doesn't adhere to a formula and requires more of his readers than do the writers of most "airplane" mysteries. This is worth a listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anantsiaq Nanaimo, BC, Canada 04-16-07
    Anantsiaq Nanaimo, BC, Canada 04-16-07

    We have no more room for a new bookcase, and I won't discard any books, so audible is great for me.

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    "Superb book with brilliant reader"

    Set against an African background but with the action in the UK, this is a rather unusual story about a secret summit of African leaders which is bugged by MI5 and an Afro-British interpreter who is in deeper than he appears to the delegates. The cultured voice of the reader still carries his racial background in its tenor, and he is able to give dicrete voices to each speaker so the listener is never in doubt as to who is speaking. Le Carre as always gives a twisting tale, and with the end of the cold war he has found other forums for his stories. This one is excellent and believable (alas!) but it is the superb reading which makes this audiobook so engrossing and plausible.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pierre New Minas, NS, Canada 12-30-06
    Pierre New Minas, NS, Canada 12-30-06
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    "Taught, tight writing"

    Nobody writes like Le Carr? - so much is conveyed in so little words. The action is cerebral, makes you read between the lines. The bad guys are despicable, the good guys are doomed lovers, the World is corrupt as usual. Excellent read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 11-21-06
    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 11-21-06
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    "Mediocre book from a great author"

    LeCarre is my favorite author and I anticipate and savor his books but listening instead of reading may have influenced my reaction. I was really disappointed - other than the main 2 characters, I just did not feel anything for the people in the book, the conflict did not grab me, and the ending was soft. I loved the narrator's voice, although his accent was heavy enough to be difficult just a couple of times. My high expectations may be the reason I felt let down - I expect to be entranced. Again, it may be that the complexity of his work does not lend itself well to audio format, but this was the first let down from LeCarre in a long time.

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    Emilia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11-02-10
    Emilia Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11-02-10
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    "mission accomplished"

    An absolute fantastic narrative! A totally worthwhile experience. David Oyelowo’s reading of the dialogs is as every character comes alive. Here’s where a good audio book is far better than the printed version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Van Dayton, OH, USA 05-02-07
    Van Dayton, OH, USA 05-02-07
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    "Wonderful!"

    Delightfully delicious. Wonderfully written. John LeCarre is a great wordsmith. The subject is Africa, and he makes one believe we should listen not only to the story but to the moral as well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ulrik Ramsing San Diego, California United States 05-20-11
    Ulrik Ramsing San Diego, California United States 05-20-11
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    "Good Book Made Bettere"

    Very seldom does a narrator improve on the original work. But David Oyelowo does. His articulation and voice does a great book honor and the overall result makes this the book to try, if you ever wandered what the future of books looks like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tessler Lake Bluff, IL, United States 03-17-07
    Tessler Lake Bluff, IL, United States 03-17-07
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    "hard to follow"

    Interesting story and you learn a lot about Africa, but the storyline is often hard to follow

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    utx80bob 12-27-06
    utx80bob 12-27-06
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    "For the money?"

    Ordinarily I am a fan, but this book must have been written over a single weekend to meet a contract deadline. I found myself saying, "who cares" about a hundred times during my read...I found no enthusiasm for the characters, little action, no suspense, and had to labor my way through it so as to not completely waste my listener credit...don't waste your time on this title.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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