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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)
I love just about anything written well with good narration. I love spy novels, WWII spies in particular. I love doggies! And Scott brick
I am an enormous fan of Le Carre' and looked forward tremendously to this audiobook. However Mr. Oyelowo mumbles throughout the entire production, making it nearly impossible to make out what he is saying. Sometimes he trails off entirely, it is almost like he had taken a valium before recording this, a good number of the words are slurred. Is this part of the character he is portraying? If so he was fabulous. Either way I cannot listen to or understand more than half of it so I will be returning. This brings to question the fawning adulation of the narrators by other so-called 'reviewers'. Almost universal love for the recording and narrator. I have been an audible member for 8 years and have never seen such a disparity between the reviews and actual quality of product. Something is going on that is not in our the consumer's best interest it seems. Perhaps the pc monster has struck again.
I like spy stories, and I like the idea of this one. Maybe a good read, but as a listen it just frustrates me. I've tried it twice, and I have failed twice to finish it. By early in the second half, I just want to give up.
If you like le Carre's books, buy the book. The story is probably very good. The performance of this audiobook is fairly good, but I cannot recommend it as enjoyable.
Interesting story and you learn a lot about Africa, but the storyline is often hard to follow
A good audiobook is dependent upon two factors: first, the quality of the original work, and second, the quality of the translation into its new, spoken word format. Unfortunately, the reader for this book was not up to the task, slurring his words together and making the piece all but unbearable. I couldn't come near to finishing it.
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.
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