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A Delicate Truth Audiobook

A Delicate Truth: A Novel

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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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    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 08-12-13
    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    This is vintage Le Carre at its best. I read other reviews before I chose it, and I have to say that I don't understand why people found the ending disappointing. I thought it all came together perfectly
    I'm amazed that this author continues to produce work to this standard. Long may it continue.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thaddeus Bishop, CA, USA 06-21-13
    Thaddeus Bishop, CA, USA 06-21-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Well done, superb story of secret wars"
    What did you love best about A Delicate Truth?

    Well read and glorious use of language. The protagonist has a very difficult time trying to understand the nature of the thing(s) that he has experienced. This would be the case for any of us who cannot imagine the new dark war reality.The actual reading of the book is superb. Mr. LeCarre' has taken us to other adventures in the muddled world of the war on terror and has shown us that the people charged with its execution have become what they beheld. Sobering, to say the least.


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

    Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield by Jeremy Schahill


    What about John le Carre’s performance did you like?

    His love of words and his extraordinary use of the language


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Being a veteran of the intelligence/security business, I love LeCarre's ability to show the importance of the human element in the whole seedy business. Human intelligence is ultimately ruled by the vagaries of the human heart.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pita Miami 01-26-15
    Pita Miami 01-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The narration by Le Carre is a real treat"
    If you could sum up A Delicate Truth in three words, what would they be?

    Le Carre's spy thrillers are never simple so I would never try to summarize this book in three words; the novel is moral tale as well as the story of political maneuvering gone awfully wrong. It is entertaining enough but far from Le Carre's best. What makes it such a treat is the unabashedly "hammy" reading by none other than the author himself.


    If you’ve listened to books by John le Carré before, how does this one compare?

    In my experience, Le Carre's books are better read than listened too. The twists, turns and nuances of his complicated characters and plots are probably a little easier to follow when one can take them in at one's own pace. I have listened to a couple of his novels that I had previously read and always enjoyed reading rather than listening until this one.


    What about John le Carré’s performance did you like?

    You can tell Le Carre really enjoyed the reading. He definetly went at it with great gusto and "performed" each character, making them come alive. Le Carre is usually able to weave complicated plots and very full characters...this was definetly a character driven book and the author's reading contributed to it.


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

    The plot was contrived but I thorougly enjoyed the experience of listening to Le Carre bringing his characters to live.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to listen to some of the author's better novels (such as The Patient Gardener, Little Drummer Girl or Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy) narrated by him. He has been one of my favorite authors for many years and he could conceivably become one of my favorite narrators.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 06-29-13
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Cannot get into this book"

    Please let me exchange it. Audible advertises this service but they do not make it easy to actually accomplish this task.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    BDHumbert Fort Pierce, FL, United States 11-25-16
    BDHumbert Fort Pierce, FL, United States 11-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic"

    The writing is great - the characters are easy to.visualize and it all comes together with a masterful.performance by the author - easily one of my top ten for the year

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. 01-02-14
    J.B. 01-02-14
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    "In you can trek through its slow methodical pace"
    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or John le Carre?

    Of course. His stories dig deep into the frailities and evils of those holding power. [Did I miss something; was there a reason the Audible review inquiries needed to name le Carre twice?]


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was interesting but it is dfficult to explain why? The characters were not at all dynamic, (although one was frustratingly unaware), the plot was plottingly sketchy, and the story was not believeable. I would imagine one gets carried along with le Carre's wonderful use of the English language and manner in which this master can describe - whatever.


    Do you think A Delicate Truth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not necessary. There is a lot more value out there to read - including many other of le Carre's works.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was not wonderful yet le Carre leaves one thinking about this and that and you end up saying no so bad of a read. Yet, there are bettter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andre 09-07-13
    Andre 09-07-13
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    "Excellent from the master"

    This is pure Le Carre. Subtle, tense, dark, exciting, and most of all plausible. Gets you thinking. And as always completely unsentimental.

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    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 07-13-13
    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Stunning, as always. Read by the master himself!"

    My mother-in-law turned me on to the works of John LeCarre more than 15 years ago, with "Smiley's People" and since that time I've read everything I could get my hands on. John LeCarre is not only a master of the spy genre, but literature itself. His prose is precise and beautiful; often times I'll find myself re-reading lines or paragraphs just to enjoy the way he phrases things so artfully. His characters and the stories they inhabit are unmatched. No punches are pulled and his works are based in a world much closer to reality than the "we're good/infallible/always heroic and justice driven" world of most fiction (and most politicians). If near-immortality is ever scientifically possible, I'm hoping LeCarre uses whatever contacts he may still maintain in the intelligence world to prolong his life (and continue writing).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson Spires 06-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story!"

    Great story, beautifully narrated, with a marvelous vocabulary that we in America sometimes pronounce in different ways.
    Looking forward to the next of his stories on
    Audible. Please......for us.

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    Cabby Flynn LOS ANGELES, CA, US 06-12-17
    Cabby Flynn LOS ANGELES, CA, US 06-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautifully written and rad by John LeCarre"

    The problem with LeCarre's books is their relentless gloominess, and uniformly unhappy about - no, soul-crushing - endings. This book is somewhat different, but I unhesitatingly recommend it because of its beautiful prose, and the author's fantastic narration.

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