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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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!
What can I say about John le Carré that hasn't already been said? He is infinitely subtle, elegant in his prose and his characterization, his older work is rarely dated and he remains sharp and perceptive to this day. What makes this version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy so superlative is the narration by Michael Jayston. Jayston was in the 1970s TV miniseries – he played Peter Guillam – and in my opinion you can hear it wonderfully, especially in his Smiley. This is one audiobook that I listen to over and over again, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
(P.S. Did you find the movie confusing? That's okay, it was! Listen to this instead!)
Brilliant writing and narration, which were both unexpectedly hilarious at times, especially in Connie's section, Bill's student days, and a few of Jim's interactions with his students.
This book may be an interesting read, but it was very bad as an audiobook. The British slang, mixed with spy jargon, and a complex plot with dozen of characters and names made it very difficult to keep straight. After listening to over 100 audiobooks, with was one of 3 I never finished.
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.
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.
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