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Publisher's Summary

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.

Cornwall, UK, 2011: A disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be - or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher ("Kit") Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit’s beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?

©2013 John le Carré (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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  • rick
  • boston,ma
  • 11-15-16

a lot going on

a lot of characters and info at the beginning but it comes together nicely. great to hear the author read it !!!

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good

loved it. couldn't stop listening. the moral outrage seemed implausible but I didn't care.

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possibly the best audio book ever

tight storyline and superb reading by the author make this audio book a must listen. worth every penny. highly recommended.

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repetitious detail

Great story, as is Le Carre's rendition. the narration does drag on though. much too expensive.

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His best in recent years

He makes a point, in his signature style, which some may find too unpleasant to acknowledge as truth.

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  • Dennis
  • Orinda, CA USA
  • 04-09-16

Good story but an abrupt end

Did le Carre reach his word quota and decide to stop writing? Good buildup but no climax.

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bad. just all around bad.

bad just bad. dont download or listen. you have been warned. just don't. trust me.

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  • Mark
  • Coeur d Alene, ID, United States
  • 02-15-16

Very abrupt end

This book needs a proper epilogue. It's present conclusion is abrupt and most unsatisfying. Had I known how inconclusive and unfulfilling the end would be I never would have purchased this book.

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What a Thriller Should Be

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Just another great thriller by a master writer. The fun part is that John le Carre is the narrator and does a fantastic job. He cracked me up a number of times.

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Loved the story. Loved the Narrator.

Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? Why?

I have already listened to it twice. It's like visiting friends. A good story is worth hearing more than once. I'll be ready to listen to it again in about a year... just long enough for the details of the story to get a bit fuzzy in my memory. There are not many authors that I re-read, but John le Carre is one that I do.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I couldn't stop listening. Had to choose tasks to do that allowed me to listen... both times.

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

He knows how he meant the people to speak and the atmosphere he meant to convey.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen to it all in one setting, but I had to go to bed and start again the next day.

Any additional comments?

John le Carre is one of my favorite authors. I read The Little Drummer Girl in my late teens, then I got hooked on Smiley and look forward to each book. As I've said, I've read a few of them more than once. I think it's time I went back and visited Smiley again. It's been a while.