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Agent Running in the Field

By: John le Carré
Narrated by: John le Carré
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Brought to you by Penguin.

Narrated by John le Carre.


The
SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Times Books of the Year

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Apple Best books of 2019

©2019 John le Carré (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times." (The Guardian)

"John le Carré is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen." (Financial Times)

"No writer has ever been better at turning the act of two people talking politely to each other across a desk into a blood sport." (Telegraph)

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In a class of its own, superb storyteller. Brilliant narration, the best I've yet heard.

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fantastic to here was a Reading

he was almost perfect. he rendered the different voices with great dexterity and excellent timing.

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oh how I wish John le carre had read all his books

I loved it. I don't know if it is because as one ages one appreciate the beauty of a human story, as this is not early le carre, but the pleasure in the development of it is whatis exceptional

Possibly warmer and more hopeful than his early works, the joy I found strongest however, was the pleasure of hearing the master read his own work himself. I dearly wish we had had that pleasure earlier on.

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Luxury

Le Carré never ever ever fails to deliver and never ever disappoints.

As usual an excellently written and narrated story. As topical, believable and meaningful as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold was in 1963.

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Outstanding performance on every level.

This is John le Carré at the peak of his powers (mind you he has been at the peak of his powers since he wrote “A perfect spy” 33 years ago).

The only thing better than the writing (which is magnificent), and the story (which is totally engrossing) is the narration, which John le Carré does himself, and in the process he makes you wish he’d narrated every book he’d ever written. He is completely marvellous at it, the accents, the nuances, the charm.
Do yourself a favour- listen to this book, and enjoy a master at work.

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John Le Carre narration was exceptional

Easily my book of the year thus far. The story was enjoyable but the Author reliving his own words made it a joy to listen to. Viewing the events of the story as passenger to the main character Nat, made the journey all the more pleasurable, with his dry traditional English wit.

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Good narration by author John Le Carre

John Le Carre's easy listening narration was well suited to the tempo of this book. His articulate, evenly toned voice provided a relaxed, laid back feel to the book while providing full and colourful descriptions of characters and scenarios. I found this book entertaining but not really brimming with the levels of mystery and suspense he has previously produced. This book went into the second tier in my library.

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As Always

John Le Carre gives his readers a great story - a compelling description of the life in the secret services, a good mystery with a twist and a love story or two. All inconspicuous, natural, believable. He takes Brexit and makes a plot of it, focuses on the dilemmas of the remainers, and casts a very sharp light on the ruling elites and their agenda in this new world.