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).
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Extremely well constructed.
The subtle intrigue. Nothing was over the top. It seemed that the author matched his method of story telling to the lives of the characters he described. Quiet, deliberate and with a great many of the details of the story implied but never written.
George Smiley of course, but he did a brilliant job with all of them.
I wouldn't say extreme but it definitely made me look forward to the next opportunity to listen to the story.
The strength of Mr. Jayston's abilities will have me looking for other author's books that feature him as their narrator.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
While its set in the "old days" of the cold war, this Le Carre novel's subtext about the inner motivations of cold warriors, what makes them tick, their doubts, their cynical calculations and justifications, is really refreshing.
This is not a battle between "good" and "evil" as we see so often from the jingoistic media these days, but a battle between flawed but determined opponents playing out a convoluted struggle for power and control.
I enjoyed it very much.
Jayston is a perfect fit for the Smiley series. First off, Michael Jayston sounds like Alec Guiness, so you are already listening to George Smiley. He also alters his voice and accent for the various characters throughout this book and the others in the series.
John LeCarre is a wonderful writer and I enjoy reading his books very much. Regrettably, the reader in this instance had too much of a monotone voice for me. It proved very difficult to listen to the book. A better reading and this book would have received a much higher rating from me.
The reader pronounced every nuanced vowel in a way that didn't feel effortless, but forced. I would have preferred a different reader.
The story was good, and I could see it being a great read...just not a great listen.
I listen to audiobooks in the car commuting to work and although I wanted to like this book, I couldn't focus on DC traffic and hold the story at the same time. I found myself having to re-listen to chapters because I had no idea what was going on. For me, the story had too many characters with too much jargon for a semi-passive listen - it requires more focus than I could give it while driving.
Some explanation and exposition. I had to re-listen to sections based on british slang or british intelligency agency jargon. I've listened to hundreds of thrillers, some very complex and politcal but this one was a tough listen. I gave up about 5 hrs into the book. I saw the movie hoping that some of the vague aspects would be clarified but the movie wasn't that easy to follow either. I think you either get this kind of Le Carre novel or you don't. If you're looking for an easy intriguing listen, this is NOT it.
Was going to be 50 Shades of Gray but due to reviews blasting the narration will probably go with lighter fare- maybe "Guts"
Less british spy jargon or at least a little explanation here and there on some of the story's characters, "circus" terminology, etc.
Disappointed. I knew there was a cool story there but just too much effort to figure out what was going on chapter to chapter based on the narration/heavy brit accent.
Nothing that I can think of.
Nothing by this author.
I didn't like anything about this book.
Ugh...this was tough to get through. I started with the book but after 35 pages I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to make my way through the book so I got the DVD. I decided that watching a movie wasn't right so I got the book on CD and tried to listen to it in my car. I have to say that I was lost most of the book and only picked up a few things. I got more information in my book club but I definitely won't be looking for any more of these book. Definitely not my kind of read.
The first two hours of this book were a complete waste of time and in my opinion did nothing to add to the story. Now with that said, you're either going to like this book or not. I fall into the latter camp. It isn't a bad book but it's not an action story and requires you to really listen to it and pay attention (which I do with all my audio books), otherwise you can get lost quite easily.
Maybe I've read too many books but I found the story line very simplistic and predictable.
It revolves around finding a mole within the spy agency label as the "circus". An analytical mind may find this story appealing.
If it wasn't for the fact that I always listen or read a story once I purchase it, I would have left it after those first two hours of listening.
Based on this book, I would not
I believe he set the tone of this novel quiet well but honestly he puts me to sleep. He has one of those voices that are easy to listen to but can lull you. Based on this performance alone, which is the only time I've ever heard him, It doesn't seem like he has a wide range of voices as I've heard from others.
I would have cut out the first two hours.
Yes probably so.
The Godfather; at times methodical but very well constructed.
Not really; One sitting is a bit of a stretch but there were times when I did not want to stop.
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