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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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.
I was really engrossed in this cold war espionage series. The writing is generally taut with some of the stories more compelling than others, but all were Top shelf in their field if a little fatalistic in tone, which may be an accurate reflection on the "craft' by a firmer operative. The only let down for me was in 'the honourable schoolboy's, in my opinion, the weakest of the Geaorge Smiley novels, where the Chinese, Vietnamese and American accents sounded jarringly inauthentic and contrived. The rest of the acting was excellent. Perhaps the BBC might have used a native-speaking actor for those parts.
"good reading but can't navigate"
You get several novels dramatized over 18 hours, in two massive files. It's impossible to pick one of the novels and listen to it separately. You just have to start at the beginning with Call For the Dead and keep going. The second file starts part way through Smiley's People, so there's no point starting there. God help you if you lose your place and have to find it again in one or the other of these two huge files. That's not quite what I expected from Audible. I like to be able to navigate readily within an audiobook. Audible should've divided this up so that each dramatization is a separate audio file. The production quality is quite decent, a bit hammed up in places, but then many English people do talk that way; also, I don't know that the reader doing Smiley has quite the right accent for a man of his age and social station.
"had to come back to this"
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.
Possibly the Sherlock Holmes dramatizations but I've still listened to this one more often.
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.
Mr Beale as Smiley is perfect. From his breathing to his temperament. Exciting and engaging. The time flew by.
"I don't know how you beat this for value"
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.
"Some of John's best works brought to life"
One of my current favorites, and, one I'll keep in my audible library.
George, because of his storylines, along with Connie due to her knowledge
George, among others.
I can't think of one, plus, several of these books ahve been adapted as films already.
A must-have for fans of John Le Carre, and spy fiction in general, I believe.
"A great collection of leCarre books"
I can't believe this great collection is over. I enjoyed every minute of this radio drama.
"BBC radio adaptation at its best"
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.
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
"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.
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.
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.
Masterfully told coak and dagger stories of Cold War espionage. Convincingly performed and well produced.
"intriguing and thought provoking"
Great adaptation of the series. Excellent cast . Very atmospheric. Overall a very enjoyable listen.
John le Carrè is one of my favourite writers. We need some more radio dramas of his books.
Have already listened to it more than once. Superb quality and excellent writer.
George Smiley always
For all fans of George Smiley! well worth a listen. This is a good dramtisation.
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