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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised) | [John le Carré]

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised)

It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.
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Publisher's Summary

Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carré's novel, which introduced his most famous character, George Smiley.

It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

Leamas is recalled to London where, to his surprise, instead of being washed up and consigned to a desk he's offered a chance to have his revenge by becoming a pawn in a brilliantly-conceived plot to destroy Mundt. But in order to do so he has to stay out in the cold a little longer...

Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Brian Cox as Alec Leamas, this tense, compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, intricate thriller.

©1962 David Cornwell; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    DARBY KERN Green Bay, WI United States 06-01-10
    DARBY KERN Green Bay, WI United States 06-01-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Brian Cox is great but..."

    THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD is such a great story that it's hard to make a bad version of it. This one is good, but it's just good. It's been a little while since I read the book, but it seems they throw more Smiley into the story just to have more of him. Yeah, I realize the point is to tell the whole Smiley saga, but he wasn't a huge part of this story until this telling. Mr. Russel Beale is fine as Smiley, but this story is about Alec Leamus, and Brian Cox is wonderful.
    My biggest beef with this production is that it wasn't needed. The BBC did a great adaptation with Colin Blakely which was commercially available until recently. That version maintained the mystery within the story better and didn't need a summation at the end explaining exactly what happened in case we didn't get it. I know there's an opinion out there, usually among younger people, that if something is more than 10 years old it should be redone because we can do it better now. This just isn't the case- not for THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, not for TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, and from what I've heard so far, SMILEY'S PEOPLE. Newer isn't better. Just newer.
    Will this version do in a pinch? Of course, it's a fine production. And more than likely you won't be able to find the older version anyway. Too bad.
    As I've said, Brian Cox is wonderful in this. If nothing else listen for him.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Neva 11-06-12
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    "Great Read, times gone by"
    Where does The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best Audibles. Rapid moving, short story. Timeless story of political history, murder mystery. A wonderful intorduction to the Audible books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Lilburn, GA, USA 04-30-12
    Mike Lilburn, GA, USA 04-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun, short, exciting story with great narration"
    Where does The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really good narration, made it a fun listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story was exciting. Kind of hard to understand, so the audio made it a lot easier. My son had this book for a school project, listening to it made it much easier to understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marylou 03-19-12
    Marylou 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful dramatization"
    What did you love best about The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised)?

    Excellent acting - intricate plot.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The surprising ending ( don't want to spoil it) . Also, the characters are engaging - you care what happens to them.


    What does Simon Russell Beale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice - very human character yet supreme spy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but can't say for risk of revealing too much!


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  • Duncan
    Blairgowrie, United Kingdom
    2/3/10
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    I bought this download last month; I've already listened to it 4 times.
    I can't recommend it enough, so atmospheric! Just one small gripe, one of the characters sound a little like Herr Flick from 'Ello ello!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fatmusketeer
    Warwick, UK
    1/18/10
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    "Gripping Spy Story"

    This is a superbly acted dramatisatrion of the John Le Carre novel which had me gripped all the way through. The cast is uniformly excellent, but a particular mention from Brian Cox who is the 'spy' in the title. A very fine performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jiri
    7/8/14
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    "All the spies you ever wanted."
    What did you like most about The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised)?

    The voice acting is perfect. Easy to listen t and totally captivating.


    What other book might you compare The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised) to, and why?

    rather than to a book I would compare this version to a good radio dramatization. The ones that made radio what it used to be...a great drama platform.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Turn this book into a movie...speis and more spies in their golden era. It would be a great spy movie.


    Any additional comments?

    All the spies you ever wanted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Gripping masterpiece"

    This has to be one of the best spy thrillers i've ever enjoyed.



    The story is an artfully crafted masterpiece, and the BBC's format of telling it doesn't skip a beat in building the tension.



    You get a similar story format from many of Le Carre's novels, (like Bond: the enemy, the back-stabbers, the beautiful girl, the plot, the peril) - but each time there's a difference that makes each distinctive in its own way.)



    The story for this is chilling and gripping from the start. It brings out the coldness of the cold war with style.



    Not only one of my favourite audios, this is certainly my favourite of Le Carre's stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    8/22/12
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    "Brilliant but short."

    This is a great listen. The actors are fantastic and the story gripping. My only wish is that it was longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    1/22/12
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    "Good, gripping and well-dramatised"

    This dramatised version is spare - which suit this story just fine. I really enjoyed it, the accents are not distracting and the dark menace is very well conveyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    basingstoke, United Kingdom
    9/26/11
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    "Well dramatised and entertaining"

    Excellent baptism for me as my first tast of John Le Carre, very entertaining if you want a quick read. That said, I was worried that some of the detail may have been lost through the dramisation of this when compared to an unabridged version. Very good none the less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rupert
    NORWICH, United Kingdom
    8/26/11
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    "Exquisite"

    Russell Beale and the rest of the cast transport one back to the civil service of the 60's with ease and atmosphere. Masterful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/29/10
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    "Brilliant 1960's spy thriller"

    Great narration or rather play format takes a fantastic story and makes it compelling listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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