A number-one New York Times best seller for 34 weeks and the book that launched John le Carré's career worldwide.
In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse - a desk job - Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait. In the background is George Smiley, ready to make the game play out just as Control wants.
Setting a standard that has never been surpassed, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a devastating tale of duplicity and espionage.
©1963; 1991 le Carre Productions; David Cornwell (P)2012 Penguin Audio
The book itself is a classic so I have nothing useful to say about it--I enjoyed it and will lister to others in the series.
The reader was really excellent. I think this would be a very difficult book to read, but Michael Jayston managed to bring the story (even more) alive, distinguish between the characters with character-appropriate accent and intonation, and added greatly to my enjoyment of the book. I will look for others read by him!
Yes, I would come back to this one in a couple years and listen to it again.
LeCarre managed to give this a "true to life" feel. He avoids the James Bond Trap of over blowing everything while still retaining the right to use plot twists that spins so fast they could smack you in the back of the head.
No. This is an iconic spy novel and, if you haven't read it before, it is worth taking some time to enjoy. Don't rush through it.
I love spy novels. Fiction and Historical. This is not a James Bond or Jason Bourne; it is a much closer representation of the Cold War then that. It is not historical or anything but it is still within the realm of acceptable.
If you enjoy this style, I strongly recommend his books Tailor of Panama, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as well as the non fiction Billion Dollar Spy and Double Cross (Ben Macintyre).
A Thrilling and sad story of the amorality of the art of espionage. This book is thought provoking and as relevant today as the day it was written.
how to review this book without spoiling it, and you really should experience Smiley novels for yourself. It's the closest thing to being a spy most of us will ever experience, unless we move to North Korea, where everyone is a spy.
Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).
Great book, terse, bleak, but plot moves along briskly and the characters are well fleshed out. Much shorter, and in every way a different book to than, say, The honorable schoolboy, but it shares many characteristics still.
Though I was afraid an espionage story of this type might difficult to focus on in audio form while doing daily tasks, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was readily consumable. I had no trouble following the twists with full comprehension though I was wary of this series's reputation for complexity. It's easy to see why this is regarded as such a classic of the genre, and should be enjoyable to anyone fascinated by mystery of the sort that hinges on a mental game of small nuanced interactions and conversations.
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