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  • The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization | John le Carré

    The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
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    The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carre's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star-studded cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carre's taut, thrilling spy novels.

    Joshua says: "Superbly done."
  • The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life | John le Carré

    The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels.

    Darwin8u says: "A Global Literary Treasure"
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel, Book 3 | John le Carré

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse - a desk job - Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait.

    Walter says: "Great novel, but not Smiley..."
  • The Night Manager (TV Tie-In Edition) | John le Carre

    The Night Manager (TV Tie-In Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    John le Carré, the legendary author of sophisticated spy thrillers, is at the top of his game in this classic novel of a world in chaos. With the Cold War over, a new era of espionage has begun. In the power vacuum left by the Soviet Union, arms dealers and drug smugglers have risen to immense influence and wealth. The sinister master of them all is Richard Onslow Roper, the charming, ruthless Englishman whose operation seems untouchable.

    David Schafer says: "Good book. Get the Michael Jayston version instead"
  • Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy - which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he? The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carre's chillingly amoral universe.

    Darwin8u says: "Subtle story of friendship, espionage, guilt, etc"
  • A Perfect Spy: A Novel | John le Carré

    A Perfect Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Over the course of his seemingly irreproachable life, Magnus Pym has been all things to all people: a devoted family man, a trusted colleague, a loyal friend - and the perfect spy. But in the wake of his estranged father's death, Magnus vanishes, and the British Secret Service is up in arms. Is it grief, or is the reason for his disappearance more sinister? And who is the mysterious man with the sad moustache who also seems to be looking for Magnus? In A Perfect Spy, John le Carré has crafted one of his crowning masterpieces.

    Darwin8u says: "Remembrances of loyalties past"
  • Smiley's People: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    Smiley's People: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A very junior agent answers Vladimir's call, but it could have been the Chief of the Circus himself. No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can't give up the game - until he's shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley (code-name: Max) is officially retired, he's summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre's bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend's fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning.

    Darwin8u says: "NEAR Perfect Ending for One Best Trilogies Ever"
  • The Honourable Schoolboy: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    The Honourable Schoolboy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. Given charge of the gravely compromised Circus, George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the money tree. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world.

    Darwin8u says: "Conrad's Ghost Floats & Haunts this Sad Spy Novel"
  • John le Carré Value Collection: Tailor of Panama, Our Game, and Night Manager | John le Carré

    John le Carré Value Collection: Tailor of Panama, Our Game, and Night Manager

    • ABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
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    Night Manager: Enter the new world of post-Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. Our Game: With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress, Emma.... Tailor of Panama: Le Carre's Panama is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption. It is also the country which on December 31, 1999, will gain full control of the Panama Canal.

    Sandy says: "you want to know what I think?"
  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel | John le Carré

    A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
  • A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband - an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life - as in espionage—nothing is quite what it appears.

    Darwin8u says: "Short break from le Carre's brilliant spy œuvre"
  • The Constant Gardener | John le Carré

    The Constant Gardener

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.

    Darwin8u says: "Greatest love story of the last fifty years"
  • The Looking Glass War | John le Carré

    The Looking Glass War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. But the Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Charged with handling Fred Leiser, a German-speaking Pole left over from the War, Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory.

    Darwin8u says: "With nuance le Carré dissects a dying animal."
  • A Small Town in Germany | John le Carré

    A Small Town in Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
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    The British Embassy in Bonn is up in arms. Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting - an embassy nobody - goes missing with a case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realizes that neither side really wants Leo found alive.

    Scott Hammond says: "Recollects the Tension, Jingoism and Polarization"
  • The Mission Song | John le Carré

    The Mission Song

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By David Oyelowo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Abandoned by his parents, Bruno Salvador has long looked for guidance. He found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility, Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, and snatched voice-mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain--but then he hears something he should not have.

    Saikungbob says: "good book, good & appropriate narrator"
  • The Secret Pilgrim: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    The Secret Pilgrim: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
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    Nothing is as it was. Old enemies embrace. The dark staging grounds of the Cold War, whose shadows barely obscured the endless games of espionage, are flooded with light; the rules are rewritten, the stakes changed, the future unfathomable. John le Carre seized this momentous turning point in history to give us the most disturbing experience we have yet had of the frail and brutal world of spydom. The man called Ned speaks to us. All his adult life he has been in British Intelligence - the Circus - a loyal, shrewd, wily officer of the Cold War....

    Darwin8u says: "Finish Line & NOT Starting Point for George Smiley"
  • Our Kind of Traitor | John le Carré

    Our Kind of Traitor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame.

    Darwin8u says: "Human heart in conflict with itself"
  • The Russia House | John le Carré

    The Russia House

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
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    (111)
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    (96)
    Story
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    "Glasnost" is on everyone's lips, but the rules of the game haven’t changed for either side. When a beautiful Russian woman foists off a manuscript on an unwitting bystander at the Moscow Book Fair, it's a miracle that she flies under the Soviets' radar. Or does she? The woman's source (codename: Bluebird) will trust only Barley Blair, a whiskey-soaked gentleman publisher with a poet's heart.

    Darwin8u says: "Spying is Waiting."
  • A Delicate Truth | John le Carré

    A Delicate Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Tamara says: "You will love it !"
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