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  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel, Book 3 | John le Carré

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold: A George Smiley Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (911)

    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.

    Walter says: "Great novel, but not Smiley..."
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1148)

    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.

    carl801 says: "Le Carre remains the gold standard"
  • Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    Call for the Dead: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (803)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "Subtle story of friendship, espionage, guilt, etc"
  • A Perfect Spy: A Novel | John le Carré

    A Perfect Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (289)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "Remembrances of loyalties past"
  • Smiley's People: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    Smiley's People: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (473)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "NEAR Perfect Ending for One Best Trilogies Ever"
  • The Honourable Schoolboy: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    The Honourable Schoolboy: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (449)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "Conrad's Ghost Floats & Haunts this Sad Spy Novel"
  • A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    A Murder of Quality: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (358)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "Short break from le Carre's brilliant spy œuvre"
  • Fatherland | Robert Harris

    Fatherland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (12)
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    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Berlin, 1964. The Greater German Reich stretches from the Rhine to the Urals and keeps an uneasy peace with its nuclear rival, the United States. As the Fatherland prepares for a grand celebration honoring Adolf Hitler's 75th birthday and anticipates a conciliatory visit from US president Joseph Kennedy and ambassador Charles Lindbergh, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.

    Daniel Black says: "1960's Nazi Germany comes alive "
  • The Looking Glass War | John le Carré

    The Looking Glass War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "With nuance le Carré dissects a dying animal."
  • The Little Drummer Girl | John le Carré

    The Little Drummer Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (211)

    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".

    Darwin8u says: "Terror is Theatre: Le Carré Awakens Anger & Love"
  • The Russia House | John le Carré

    The Russia House

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    "Glasnost" is on everyone's lips, but the rules of the game haven’t changed for either side. When a beautiful Russian woman foists off a manuscript on an unwitting bystander at the Moscow Book Fair, it's a miracle that she flies under the Soviets' radar. Or does she? The woman's source (codename: Bluebird) will trust only Barley Blair, a whiskey-soaked gentleman publisher with a poet's heart.

    Darwin8u says: "Spying is Waiting."
  • The Secret Pilgrim: A George Smiley Novel | John le Carré

    The Secret Pilgrim: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    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....

    Darwin8u says: "Finish Line & NOT Starting Point for George Smiley"
  • The Constant Gardener | John le Carré

    The Constant Gardener

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (175)

    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.

    Darwin8u says: "Greatest love story of the last fifty years"
  • A Small Town in Germany | John le Carré

    A Small Town in Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    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.

    Scott Hammond says: "Recollects the Tension, Jingoism and Polarization"
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold | John le Carré

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Alec Leamas has ended his time in Berlin. Or his time has ended him. The last of his Eastern agents has been killed, like the others, by the Abteilung. Back at the Circus, Leamas is put on the shelf. He turns to drunkenness and dishonesty and finally disappears from view, a seemingly broken man. But unknown to anyone except George Smiley and his master, Control, Leamas has been given his toughest mission ever. He will have to be himself but more so.

    Pita says: "Outstanding Novel, Brilliantly Read"
  • In Gallant Company | Alexander Kent

    In Gallant Company

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alexander Kent
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    New York, 1777. As the American Revolution rages on the mainland, the British Navy prepares for action at sea. Against a growing fleet of American and French privateers, the Navy must maintain its blockade of Washington's vital military supplies. Caught up in the turmoil, junior officer Richard Bolitho finds himself having to make momentous decisions in the heat of battle, decisions that will affect the lives of many men, and perhaps the outcome of history.

    Jonathan Fogarty says: "Great story"
  • Stand into Danger | Alexander Kent

    Stand into Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander Kent
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (130)

    Despatched on a secret mission, the company of a 28-gun frigate must face the hazards of conspiracy, treason, and piracy. And recently appointed third lieutentant Richard Bolitho must learn to accept his new responsibilities as a King's officer.

    Mark says: "A "must have" for British naval fiction!!!!"
  • Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 1 - The Gathering Storm | Winston S. Churchill

    Winston S. Churchill: The History of the Second World War, Volume 1 - The Gathering Storm

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Winston S. Churchill
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    In the Second World War every bond between man and man was to perish. Crimes were committed by the Hitler regime which find no equal in scale and wickedness with any that have darkened the human record. It was a simple policy to keep Germany disarmed after the struggle of the First World War and the Victors adequately armed in vigilance. But errors were soon made.

    baref says: "Very authentic and insightful"
  • Success to the Brave | Alexander Kent

    Success to the Brave

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander Kent
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Spring 1802. Richard Bolitho is summoned to the Admiralty to receive his orders for a difficult and thankless mission.... The recent Peace of Amiens is already showing signs of strain as old enemies wrangle over colonies won and lost during the war. In the little 64-gun Achates, Bolitho sails west for the Caribbean, to hand over the island of San Felipe to the French. But diplomacy is not enough.

    Ray says: "Recently released Titles fill in the Gaps!"
  • A Small Town in Germany | John le Carré

    A Small Town in Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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 realises that neither side really wants Leo found - alive.

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