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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised) Audiobook

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised)

Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.
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Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.

Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a star cast including Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, Kenneth Cranham, and Bill Paterson, this epic dramatisation brilliantly depicts the complicated moral dilemmas of those who practice post-war espionage and illuminates the murky corners of le Carré's classic spy thriller - the first in the Karla trilogy.

©1974 le Carre Productions; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 03-09-11
    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 03-09-11 Member Since 2015

    Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

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    "Atmospheric, powerful production"

    I have read and listened to different interpretations of John le Carre's work over 20 years this is as good as any previous productions including the those with Bernard Hepton and Alec Guiness. Simon Russell Beale has just the right air of world weariness for George Smiley, Ann his wife's part has been extended beautifully to add context. This production adds to others I have and I shall enjoy it again and again.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 01-17-10
    Joseph 01-17-10 Member Since 2009

    A storyteller, reader, and writer (in that chronological order) since childhood, Audible helps me to bring all 3 together.

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    "Poor dramatization of a masterpiece"

    There are many bad things about this dramatization, but the worst is the casting of Smiley. You get the impression that he's young and talkative, which is absurd. The people who did this should have listened to previous renderings, including the reading of the unabridged version on Audible, which with all its faults is far superior to this. I wish I hadn't bought it.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Laudig na 06-17-15
    Stephen Laudig na 06-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "It fails"

    Lacks narrative power. Cheesy effects distract rather than entertain. And chopped to fit. Procrustean solution failed. Blurred a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Platypus 08-16-13
    Platypus 08-16-13
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    "Hard to follow"
    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or the narrators?

    I have read this book. It is a good read, but one on which you must concentrate. The Audible version is most difficult to follow when you are driving. My suggestion: buy the book


    Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carre again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment at my inability to follow the story


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-06-11
    David 03-06-11
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    "Poor substitute for a good reading"

    I have the Listen for Pleasure releases of the John LeCarre Smiley series on cassette. Bad assumption on my part that these dramatizations would be comparable. If you love the John LeCarre series of Smiley books. Don't listen to these, they'll put you completely off the genre! This is the first Audible selection that I actually deleted out of my library.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Norman, OK, United States 03-26-12
    Tom Norman, OK, United States 03-26-12
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    "Listen in Order"

    Last of a long storyline. I don't know if I'll listen to the preceding books in the series now, knowing the end. I should have looked into that.

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    Steven L. Taylor Toronto, ON Canada 01-31-12
    Steven L. Taylor Toronto, ON Canada 01-31-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Dramatisation = Distracting"
    Was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised) worth the listening time?

    No, I would have preferred a single narrator to a cast, especially for a story like Tinker Tailor that has so much going on. I had a hard time figuring out who was talking and it really took away from the overall story.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend skipping this audio book version until their is a single narrator, unabridged version available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Alistair
    DerbyUnited Kingdom
    1/27/10
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    "A great dramatisation of a classic spy tale"

    What can I say -I am a great fan of Le carre especially his cold war / british secret service era books and this is the best. The dramatisation really brings out the mixture of disillusionment, bureacracy and office politics but with deadly stakes and high tension

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Andi Hayles-Wright
    Exmouth
    3/22/16
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    "Excellent casting"

    I when I was much younger I avidly watched but failed to truly comprehend this great story. Now somewhat older I find that it still holds me ut my understanding is complete. The cast are wonderful and bring the characters to life. I highly recommend this drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Ireland
    3/19/16
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    "Classic performance for a classic book."

    For lovers of radio. Close your eyes and let the mesmerising voices draw you into this le Carre classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda Frost
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    3/19/16
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    "Grippingly good!"

    I'm not usually a fan of this kind of thriller, but this dramatisation had me gripped from start to finish. I listened to it while I was doing a 12 mile run, and It had me so absorbed that the miles just flew by. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael K.
    3/19/16
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    "Terrible!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It tried to be too clever. Could not follow the storyline, which did not even exist.


    Has Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised) put you off other books in this genre?

    Definitely yes!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    Not that I can think of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew J Nolan
    2/22/16
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    "A great drama"

    This is an excellent drama from the BBC. The story is good, and the cast really bring the story to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. E. A. Shanks
    Peebles, Scotland
    11/15/15
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    "Another great radio drama by the BBC "

    This is a wonderfully acted radio drama. Well worth listening to. Really well worth recommending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Malakite
    6/10/15
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    "Classic Reborn"

    Thoroughly enjoyed hearing Simon Russell Beal on Radio 4, had to grab this when it came up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    11/13/14
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    "Enjoyable"
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    Heavily abridged from the book but a great listen all the same. I am now returning to the book to catch up on this thrilling novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie54
    Southbourne, Dorset, UK
    7/8/13
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    "Classic Le Carré"

    It is without a doubt one of John Le Carré's finest novels of that genre.

    Michael Jayston, who plays Peter Guillam in the original 70s film, reads it perfectly.

    I thoroughly recommend this audible version of the classic Le Carre novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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