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The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas Radio/TV Program

The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization

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Audible Editor Reviews

"A radio triumph...Simon Russell Beale's pitch-perfect master spy." (Financial Times)

Publisher's Summary

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carre's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star-studded 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 Carre's taut, thrilling spy novels.

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    Christine 17/11/2016
    Christine 17/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Engaging"

    This was, of course, brilliant because it
    came from the famed BBC drama department. It was well produced and extremely well acted. However, I did find it a little confusing to follow at times and it required a lot of concentration to try and follow the story and which character was talking. I think I would have followed the stories better if I'd listened to a narration of the books rather than the interpretation of those stories through play.

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    M.Chuzzlewit Sydney, NSW Australia 27/10/2016
    M.Chuzzlewit Sydney, NSW Australia 27/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent...really well paced, acted & constructed"

    Highly recommended... it's historical fiction now that the cold war is over. or is it?

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  • Joshua
    2/10/16
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    "Superbly done."

    Mr Beale as Smiley is perfect. From his breathing to his temperament. Exciting and engaging. The time flew by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/11/16
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    "I don't know how you beat this for value"
    Where does The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I mean, all the Smiley stories in one purchase with incredible BBC performances. Say no more. Say yes. These got me going back and listening to the full length books and watching the movies as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I. Moore
    california
    22/10/16
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    "had to come back to this"
    What did you love best about The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas?

    I love the repeatability of this performance. I own about 80 audio books here at audible and a lot more that I've collected over the years and I've listened to this one over and over and over again. Excellent work.


    What other book might you compare The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas to and why?

    Possibly the Sherlock Holmes dramatizations but I've still listened to this one more often.


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

    There were unexpected moments when it made me laugh. The accents are very well done and quite a few characters are real ... well characters.

    Extreme reactions? I could do with a whiskey. I'm also a bit more partial to frogs.


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  • Amazon Customer
    24/06/16
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    "BBC radio adaptation at its best"
    Any additional comments?

    The BBC does great radio adaptations of well known novels and this ranks alongside The Lord of the Rings, War and Peace and Asimov's Foundation Trilogy as one of the best.
    A good introduction to the Smiley series for those new to Le Carre and tasty comfort food for fans like myself who know his books well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chill
    England
    29/06/16
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    "Excellent series"

    This collection is well presented and enjoyable to listen to. The series takes George Smiley through the latter part of his Circus career and beyond, often he is not the mainstay but remains in the background as the master puppeteer.
    The condensing of the books has been done well, it is not necessary to have read the books in order to follow the plot.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • clivep
    20/06/16
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    "brilliant"

    I stumbled across this presentation after listening to 2 Le Carre novels and must say that it was enthralling. So good was the acting that at times it stopped me from working just so that I could finish a story. I will look out for more in this format

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Robin Lapper
    4/07/16
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    "Seminal"

    A compendium of the rather marvellous and understated spys adventures vaucluse brought to life by Simon Russell Beale and the BBC. All the acting is great. Couldn't be happier with it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. E. A. Shanks
    Peebles, Scotland
    21/07/16
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    "BBC brings Smiley to life"

    The cast of these radio plays bring the world of George Smiley to life. Right from the first moment you will be hooked.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A. J. Mcleish
    25/11/16
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    "Astounding"

    Truly astounding BBC presentation of John le Carrés work on George Smiley. Many an enjoyable hour spent listening. Definitely a favourite and will listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    21/11/16
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    "A thoroughly enjoyable series"

    As a fan of the Alec Guinness TV adaptation I had reservations about this audio book not living up to the TV classic. I need not have worried as I really enjoyed listening to this excellent companion to the moving picture version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laurie Clow
    10/11/16
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    "Excellent"

    All you could wish for. SRB awersome. All well observed. Atmospheric and gripping. Great adaptations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • roberto
    7/11/16
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    "outstanding.. "

    outstanding in every way, brings the soft silent menace of Smiley and all his works.. 10/10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Coombes
    29/10/16
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    "the best audio book I've listened to."

    I wasn't sure what to expect but was hooked from the first few minutes. brilliant acting, excellent stories. it was so good I was tempted to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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