Smiley
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  • 1
    Call for the Dead | John le Carré

    Call for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (33)

    This novel, set in London in the late 1950s, finds George Smiley engaged in the humdrum job of security vetting. But when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide after an apparently unproblematic interview, Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate – only to uncover a murderous conspiracy.

    Well read, good book

    Great book and well read. Michael Jayston is a great reader and lends himself to the characters.
    Book is interesting and often times dramatic.

    Reviewed on May 14 2012 by Stephen ()
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    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
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    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.

    Subtle story of friendship, espionage, guilt, etc

    John le Carré's first novel is a subtle story of friendship, espionage, guilt and tradecraft. le Carré is one of those great genre writers who I think..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 09 2012 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 2
    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
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    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.

    Short break from le Carre's brilliant spy œuvre

    Not le Carré's finest, but that is like saying here a minor Faulkner, a good-effort Chandler or even a throwaway Conrad. 'A Murder of Quality' finds G..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2012 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 3
    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
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (219)

    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.

    Great novel, but not Smiley...

    I really love the novels of John le Carre, especially the Karla series. This may be le Carre's best work - better even than the Karla novels. The vert..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 29 2013 by Walter (Shoreview, MN, United States)
  • 4
    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
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    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.

    With nuance le Carré dissects a dying animal.

    A minor le Carré on par with 'A Murder of Quality' and 'Call for the Dead', 'the Looking Glass War' explores the pathetic ineptitude, personal and pro..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 29 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 5
    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
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (450)

    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.

    Le Carre remains the gold standard

    I read this novel years ago, but when I saw the movie, I knew I would have to listen to the audiobook. I really liked the movie, but by the time I'd..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 05 2012 by carl801 (Madison, Alabama United States)
  • 6
    The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2 | John le Carré

    The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.

    Great story, but not Le Carre's best

    This is an engaging and involving spy story that begins where Tinker Tailor ends. The characterizations are brilliant and the plot intricate and invol..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 16 2012 by Pita (North Shore City, New Zealand)
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    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
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    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.

    Conrad's Ghost Floats & Haunts this Sad Spy Novel

    Well sport, this was a messy, sometimes uneven AND occasionally even a plodding novel but I absolutely loved every single word of it. Le Carré is ofte..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 27 2012 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 7
    Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3 | John le Carré

    Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (69)

    George Smiley was summoned from his dubious retirement by two seemingly unconnected events - an old woman in Paris is promised the return of a daughter she will never see, and a handover is to take place on a steamer in Hamburg.

    Superb narration

    Michael Jayston gives such a wonderful performance, you can't imagine anyone else reading Le Carré. He is George Smiley to perfection.

    Reviewed on February 13 2012 by Liz (Adelaide, South Australia)
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    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
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    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.

    NEAR Perfect Ending for One Best Trilogies Ever

    Like with the Honourable Schoolboy, Smiley's People on its own is perhaps a 4/4.5 star novel. It is fantastic, but taken as an entire work, the Karla ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 27 2012 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)
  • 8
    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
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    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....

    Finish Line & NOT Starting Point for George Smiley

    A final wrap-up to le Carré's George Smiley series is a chronological narrative of short-stories framed around the memories of spy Ned, and the storie..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 09 2013 by Darwin8u (Mesa, AZ, United States)