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    • A Legacy of Spies

    • A Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344

    Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • All for England

    • By Darwin8u on 09-12-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • A George Smiley Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478

    The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Le Carre remains the gold standard

    • By carl801 on 07-05-12

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    • A George Smiley Novel, Book 3
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

    In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse - a desk job - Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great novel, but not Smiley...

    • By Walter on 03-29-13

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

    • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: full cast, Simon Russell Beale
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 403

    The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good reading but can't navigate

    • By RB Vancouver on 01-07-17

    Regular price: $34.10

    • Call for the Dead

    • A George Smiley Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

    George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy - which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he? The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carre's chillingly amoral universe.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great Entry to le Carré

    • By Caroline on 08-06-13

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Smiley's People

    • A George Smiley Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 699
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 647
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 646

    A very junior agent answers Vladimir's call, but it could have been the Chief of the Circus himself. No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can't give up the game - until he's shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley (code-name: Max) is officially retired, he's summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre's bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend's fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • NEAR Perfect Ending for One Best Trilogies Ever

    • By Darwin8u on 07-27-12

    Regular price: $31.50

    • A Perfect Spy

    • A Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 414
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 381
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 377

    Over the course of his seemingly irreproachable life, Magnus Pym has been all things to all people: a devoted family man, a trusted colleague, a loyal friend - and the perfect spy. But in the wake of his estranged father's death, Magnus vanishes, and the British Secret Service is up in arms. Is it grief, or is the reason for his disappearance more sinister? And who is the mysterious man with the sad moustache who also seems to be looking for Magnus? In A Perfect Spy, John le Carré has crafted one of his crowning masterpieces.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Struggling through it...

    • By Elizabeth on 01-20-16

    Regular price: $42.00

    • The Little Drummer Girl

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261

    On holiday in Mykonos, Charlie wants only sunny days and a brief escape from England's bourgeois dreariness. Then a handsome stranger lures the aspiring actress away from her pals - but his intentions are far from romantic. Joseph is an Israeli intelligence officer, and Charlie has been wooed to flush out the leader of a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for a string of deadly bombings. Still uncertain of her own allegiances, she debuts in the role of a lifetime as a double agent in the "theatre of the real".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terror is Theatre: Le Carré Awakens Anger & Love

    • By Darwin8u on 07-24-12

    Regular price: $42.00

    • John le Carré Value Collection

    • Tailor of Panama, Our Game, and Night Manager
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: John le Carré
    • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    Night Manager: Enter the new world of post-Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. Our Game: With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress, Emma.... Tailor of Panama: Le Carre's Panama is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption. It is also the country which on December 31, 1999, will gain full control of the Panama Canal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The only complaint is labels

    • By Felipe on 07-12-16

    Regular price: $27.93

    • The Looking Glass War

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 340
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 341

    It would have been an easy job for the Circus: a can of film couriered from Helsinki to London. In the past the Circus handled all things political, while the Department dealt with matters military. But the Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, one of their agents is dead, and vital evidence verifying the presence of Soviet missiles near the West German border is gone. John Avery is the Department's younger member and its last hope. Charged with handling Fred Leiser, a German-speaking Pole left over from the War, Avery must infiltrate the East and restore his masters' former glory.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • With nuance le Carré dissects a dying animal.

    • By Darwin8u on 03-29-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Honourable Schoolboy

    • A George Smiley Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 20 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 664
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 604

    The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. Given charge of the gravely compromised Circus, George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the money tree. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Conrad's Ghost Floats & Haunts this Sad Spy Novel

    • By Darwin8u on 07-27-12

    Regular price: $42.00

    • A Murder of Quality

    • A George Smiley Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 552
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 483
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 483

    Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs. Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband - an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley. Unfortunately, it's too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life - as in espionage—nothing is quite what it appears.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Short break from le Carre's brilliant spy œuvre

    • By Darwin8u on 10-12-12

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised)

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Simon Russell Beale
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Brian Cox is great but...

    • By DARBY KERN on 06-01-10

    Regular price: $15.49

    • The Pigeon Tunnel

    • Stories from My Life
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: John le Carré
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 427
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 395
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392

    From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, John le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Global Literary Treasure

    • By Darwin8u on 09-16-16

    Regular price: $28.00

    • A Small Town in Germany

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150

    The British Embassy in Bonn is up in arms. Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting - an embassy nobody - goes missing with a case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realizes that neither side really wants Leo found alive.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • very good spy/mystery

    • By Darryl on 04-28-13

    Regular price: $31.50

    • A Delicate Truth

    • A Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: John le Carré
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 628
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 553
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 552

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft.

    • By Darwin8u on 05-15-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Constant Gardener

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 492
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 451
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 446

    Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Greatest love story of the last fifty years

    • By Darwin8u on 06-30-13

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Call for the Dead (Dramatised)

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Anna Chancellor
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carré's first novel, which introduced his most famous character, George Smiley. This dramatisation, set in London in the late 1950s, finds Smiley engaged in the humdrum job of security vetting. But when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide after an apparently unproblematic interview, Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself, Smiley decides to investigate.

    Regular price: $10.33

    • The Night Manager

    • A Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: David Case
    • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 145

    John le Carré, the legendary author of sophisticated spy thrillers, is at the top of his game in this classic novel of a world in chaos. With the Cold War over, a new era of espionage has begun. In the power vacuum left by the Soviet Union, arms dealers and drug smugglers have risen to immense influence and wealth. The sinister master of them all is Richard Onslow Roper, the charming, ruthless Englishman whose operation seems untouchable.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • War is a racket.

    • By Darwin8u on 10-05-16

    Regular price: $38.50

    • The Secret Pilgrim

    • A George Smiley Novel
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 246
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 242

    Nothing is as it was. Old enemies embrace. The dark staging grounds of the Cold War, whose shadows barely obscured the endless games of espionage, are flooded with light; the rules are rewritten, the stakes changed, the future unfathomable. John le Carre seized this momentous turning point in history to give us the most disturbing experience we have yet had of the frail and brutal world of spydom. The man called Ned speaks to us. All his adult life he has been in British Intelligence - the Circus - a loyal, shrewd, wily officer of the Cold War....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Classic That Only Gets Better

    • By Leonard on 01-05-13

    Regular price: $31.50

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