Smiley
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  • 1
    Call for the Dead | John le Carré

    Call for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
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    This novel, set in London in the late 1950s, finds George 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 soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate – only to uncover a murderous conspiracy.

    Enjoyable first book in the series

    John Le Carre's deftly drawn characters and well informed books on the world of espionage should need no introduction. Yet despite watching the two BB..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 October 2015 by Bevan Lewis (New Zealand)
  • 2
    A Murder of Quality | John le Carré

    A Murder of Quality

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
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    (7)
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    George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. 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.

    standard held

    I very much enjoyed this thriller but it is not my favourite Le Carre. It maybe that the genre, its different, moves away from the cold war, and revol..Show More »

    Reviewed on 17 March 2016 by david x kelly (Tasmania Australia)
  • 3
    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (31)
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    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.

    Third reading and listening ....still most brilliant.

    Le Carre is the most memorable author of the Cold War period and also beyond and those who argue the spy genre can never be literature are so wrong. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 09 March 2016 by david x kelly (Tasmania Australia)
  • 4
    The Looking Glass War | John Le Carré

    The Looking Glass War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
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    Once, the distinctions were clear: the Circus handled all things political while the Department dealt with matters military. But over the years the power and influence had passed to the Circus. Now suddenly the department had a job on its hands. Uncertain evidence suggested Soviet missiles being put in place near the German border, while vital film had gone missing and a courier was dead.

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  • 5
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  • 6
    The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2 | John le Carré

    The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (17)
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    George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.

    The honourable schoolboy

    Brilliant story by the excellent Le Carré. This story has been a favourite of mine for years. Michael Jayston brings the story to wonderful life.
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    Reviewed on 11 January 2016 by David Lazzari ()
  • 7
    Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3 | John le Carré

    Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (14)
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    George Smiley was summoned from his dubious retirement by two seemingly unconnected events - an old woman in Paris is promised the return of a daughter she will never see, and a handover is to take place on a steamer in Hamburg.

    A satisfying conclusion to a great series

    I have just finished listening to the "Karla Trilogy" again. This series is a very satisfying read, intelligent, understated and with the humanity th..Show More »

    Reviewed on 15 July 2015 by David Robinson ()
  • 8
    The Secret Pilgrim | John le Carré

    The Secret Pilgrim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
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    The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world's second oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus' latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present, and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life.

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