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A Delicate Truth Audiobook

A Delicate Truth

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Publisher's Summary

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. Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas.

Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn’s daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?

John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

©2013 John le Carré (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

What the Critics Say

"One of those writers who will be read a century from now" (Robert Harris)

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  • David Bull
    London
    2/18/16
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    "lucky to have him read it to us"

    i thought le carre must have been dead by now, given that the books of his i read in the 80s were already worn and torn copies. he's still sharp and this tale is worth your time. occasional dinosaur values notwithstanding re women, this is an intriguing exploration of conscience and morality with genuinely moving moments. the film is not far off?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    11/20/15
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    "Gripping story overall"

    This was a gripping and chilling story, with tense events told with great expression. Every character was beautifully realised in voice and description. However the conclusion was unsatisfactory. Having invested time really wrapped up in the story the final exposition left us up in the air. Of course you could argue that now it was the turn of the reader to complete the story, but that's a bit of a cop out. However that said it was a terrific story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Velile Nare
    10/3/15
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    "Needs all concentration levels"

    Beware, this does not come close to an expert review. I have recently started to listening to audiobooks and i have to say this book did not allow room to multitask! La Carre's style require full attention which i am not skilled at. for this reason alone, in futute I will purchase the hard copy of Mr La Carres' books. In hindsight, I should have done this after watching Tinker Tailor Soilder. It is probably a very good story, I do not doubt its skillfully written, but I suspect I lost most of the detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alexander
    Dublin 12, Ireland
    8/24/15
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    "pity that the download was scrambles ."

    a very good yarn.
    i was surprised by the ending.
    I would buy this author again.
    pity about the tangled download
    maybe the wifi faded out again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London
    8/6/15
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    "Excellent"

    Good story, beautifully written, extremely well read. Gripping, had to keep listening to it at every opportunity after the journey.

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  • Creamcracker
    7/29/15
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    "Lost without a map."

    Tried and failed about five times or more to listen to and follow this but ended up lost every time. I gave up in the end. John LeCarre is a great narrator, perfect for the narrative (if only I could follow it).

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  • Scampi20
    7/20/15
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    "A great listen"
    What made the experience of listening to A Delicate Truth the most enjoyable?

    John le Carre's narration was fantastic and good story.


    What other book might you compare A Delicate Truth to, and why?

    Any of John Le Carre's novels, they are all great reads or listens


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to hear more narrations by John le Carre himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr d r p taylor
    7/20/15
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    "Solid Spy Stuff Excellently Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Delicate Truth to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version but the story lends itself well to being an audiobook


    What does John le Carré bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent pace and poise


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really but I wasn't expecting to. A solid spy story, well told. Perfect for the beach.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek wright
    7/8/15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Very good listen, rattled along very nicely. One of those books I listened to out of the car!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    6/19/15
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    "Good old traditional espionage!"

    The story is a slow builder and to begin with I struggled to maintain interest however once the background is done and you get to realise the intrinsic links between the characters, it's a excellent book. The author is an excellent narrator, and it's a terribly bondesque espionage, with modern technological twists. Thoroughly recommended.

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