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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Audiobook

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The inspiration for the major motion picture Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.

The first novel in John le Carré's celebrated Karla trilogy, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement - especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

The feature film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) and features a cast that includes Gary Oldman as Smiley, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech), and Tom Hardy (Inception).

©2011 John le Carre (P)2011 Penguin

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    Amazon Customer 12-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "l loved it. It is an awesome series to read."

    Onto the next in the Karla Trilogy book 2. The Honorable Schoolboy then Smiley's People

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    Brandon 11-22-16
    Brandon 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Intellectual greatness"

    JlC is a master when it comes to creating the lives and intricate plots of spies. Without him, the genre would be at a huge loss. This book is one of the prime examples of gripping your brain without needing much action.

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    stevearcia 10-12-16
    stevearcia 10-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "my comments, Stephen, San Francisco, Ca."

    superb words , story and reading. three times listened to gather all of the detail and enjoyment.

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    Jay Quintana 05-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not a good listen, story too complicated"

    The ending of the previous Smiley novel, The Looking Glass War (Smiley, btw, plays a small role in that novel), really got to me. So I couldn't wait to give this a listen. Alas, I was completely lost at times. There are so many characters and the story jumps back and forth in time. Quite often, I asked myself, who's this guy? Wait, I thought he was dead? What time frame are we in now? The writing befits a spy novel -- precise, devoid of emotion -- and the narrator does a wonderful job, but this is a book to read, not to listen to. You really need to underline passages and write notes in the margins to understand what's going on.

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    Essad Flanders, NJ, United States 04-30-16
    Essad Flanders, NJ, United States 04-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Perhaps I'm inattentive"

    Very did spy story, you can see why other stories would be inspired by this. I felt like I had a hard time following along and couldn't keep the characters straight. It could be me, I might not have been paying close enough attention or the story wasn't clear enough. I'm going to give the story the benefit of the doubt.

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    Alex 01-30-16
    Alex 01-30-16

    I generally only write reviews of books I don't like so as to remind myself if I see them again, and hopefully warn others...

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    "too many names, too much jargon, not compelling"

    While both the narrator and the plot were good, I found that it just wasn't compelling in an audio book format.

    I think my listening experience was hampered by:
    - the deluge of characters at the start of the book, many of whom have a real name as well as a trade (spy) name, and are interchangeably referred to by either first name, last name or trade name
    - the amount of jargon used, a lot of which I struggled to get a grip on through cues in context

    All in all a frustrating listening experience.

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    Transplendent 01-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing road trip book!"
    What did you love best about Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?

    The narration was excellent - the actor was awesome and really managed to carry the material in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Suspenseful and intelligent.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Jayston – was your favorite?

    Hard to say - the character development was so good. i had no idea who the double-agent was until the end. Beautifully resolved - a classic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yup! Drove from Washington DC to Dallas straight through on this book, a mdi kept me alive!


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    far from the maddening crowd 01-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "stellar and riveting"
    Would you listen to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy again? Why?

    Great performance of THE BEST ESPIONAGE THRILLER EVER WRITTEN


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim Prideaux (sp?) A towering, self contained figure, nursing his wounds at a prep school, representative of the human casualties of the cold war


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    Elaine Powell Knoxville, TN USA 08-06-15
    Elaine Powell Knoxville, TN USA 08-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to get into @ 1st"

    The story line was confusing & characters also until midway in book when it all started to make sense- from then on it was a gripping story. I didn't want it to end. Much better in audio than the movie!

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    B. Shell Arizona, USA 07-05-15
    B. Shell Arizona, USA 07-05-15
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    "Great read"

    The reading is excellent, and the story gripping. Another case of the movie simply not able to do justice to the book. Excellent read.

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