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Agent Running in the Field

A Novel
Narrated by: John le Carré
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (494 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"[Le Carré’s] novels are so brilliant because they’re emotionally and psychologically absolutely true, but of course they’re novels." (New York Times Book Review)

A new novel from the number one New York Times best-selling author John le Carré, a great holiday book gift

Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump, and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence, and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all.

Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.

©2019 John le Carré (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"John le Carré, as author and narrator of this stand-alone spy thriller, serves up a wholly engaging audio experience.... It's a privilege to listen to this master author deliver his work." (AudioFile Magazine)

"Le Carré is one of the best novelists - of any kind - we have." (Vanity Fair

"Le Carré remains a master at showing us what spies do, wily spiders to the unsuspecting flies they entrap." (Booklist starred review) 

"[Agent Running in the Field is] a tragicomic salute to both the recuperative powers of its has-been hero and the remarkable career of its nonpareil author." (Kirkus

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Still has that magic touch.

As a long time Le Carre fan. I'm very pleased at this book. I can count it amongst his finest. Thank you.

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Excellent

Unlike most such performances, this one stands out because it is by the author who gets every phrase and intonation just as it should be.

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Agent Running

It was a wonderful listen. Le Carré’ is a master of his art. A great reader of his book. I hated it to end.

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Who writes “unlistenable etc. “

To the whiney reviewers below I say: Show some respect. Don’t you know who is reading and writing here? He is an old Cold War Warrier. He is an outside of America observer, of the first water, who warned us very accurately, before we went into Iraq, and Afghanistan. And again in the run-up to the 2016 election about Donald Trump. He is “an old spy taking his time” . He is not swayed by American propaganda, as so many, flag wavers.

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Brilliant in every way

Having been a fan of the authors for many years it was Especially. satisfying to hear him read his most parents and revealing tome.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is politically aware, interested in modern history, or lovers of mystery

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LeCarré at his best!

Agent running in the field is a brilliant study of the human intelligence community as it grapples with the reshuffling of the world order pre-Brexit. LeCarré’s characters are complicated and deliciously ambiguous. The plot twists are brilliant. This is LeCarré at his best!

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Couldn't turn it off.

Le Carre's delivery is spellbinding. No surprise the story is top-notch.; but in a contemporary setting that feels like non-fiction.

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Bravo!

This was a John Le Carre novel with an up-to-date perspective. I loved every minute of it and the author was the perfect narrator.

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One Of His Best

I am in awe of this book and that the author is at the height of his powers. First rate Le Carre. I hope he is with us and still writing for many more years. I can not recommend this book (and Le Carre’s own narration) highly enough.

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Superb characters excellent narration, plot a bit weak

Listening to Agent Running in the Field is a joy. The authors words and narration make the characters and the locations come alive in a way that you know, Nat, Pru and Ed and you forget it’s the author speaking in Ed’s voice. On the trip to Karlovy Vary, you are with Nat all the way, you have the sense of the place, seeing as a movie playing in your head.
At the end, my first thought was where is the rest? It can’t end with Ed and Flo at the airport. Also the plot seems contrived at a platform for the characters brexit trump views. That would be ok but probability of the seemingly random meeting of Ed and flo screams naked plot device. Additionally Ed’s sister laura, is discarded after she has served her purpose as a prop to get the two to meet.
Interwoven in the book is a strong reminder of the UK s ties to Europe. The British Army fought to keep it free in two world wars, kept the British Army of the Rhine to keep the soviets at bay for nearly 40 years and now the ties are to be severed?

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