Britain is in the depths of recession. A left-leaning young Oxford academic and his barrister girlfriend take an off-peak holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua.
Seemingly by chance, they bump into a Russian millionaire called Dima who owns a peninsula and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. He also has a tattoo on his right thumb, and wants a game of tennis. But he wants something else too, something which propels the young lovers on a tortuous journey through Paris to a safe house in the Swiss Alps, to the murkiest cloisters of the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain’s Intelligence Establishment.
Michael Jayston reads this taut, suspenseful novel (complete and unabridged) from the master of spy fiction, John le Carré.
©2010 David Cornwell (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
trying to see the world with my ears
I've been reading Le Carre for only 3 years and tend to like his less-well-regarded later novels better than his older classics. Audiobooks are, however, giving me better appreciation of the old, and THIS audiiobook seems the perfect marriage of Le Carre's traditional theme of innocents consumed by a compromising Brit insider-elite with the more overt social concerns of his later novels.
I found this as well-written, plotted and characterized as traditional LeCarre, but at the same time it's a very accessible listen.
Fascinating story, terrific characters. One of my favourite writers on excellent form. Wonderful reader too. Did all the dialogue brilliantly, which made the book even more exciting to listen to.
The first book I have bought from Audible that I was unable to finish
Very disappointing reading. Two examples: An Australian character is given a very bad cockney accent. Gail, the main female character, is read in a breathy voice that reminds my of Marilyn Monroe in those old films, Gail is a successful barrister! She would not speak like that.
The reading became so irritating, for these and other similar reasons, that I have been unable to finish the book.
If the reader can't do accents and voices accurately, he or she should just read it straight, without any attempt to be in character.
My first serious Audible disappointment. I will need to be much more careful in my purchases in future.
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