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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-2016

Where does A Murder of Quality rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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 revolves around a private school for which I personally hold very negative memories. But I have to say that the writing is quite brilliant as per usual.I must also also mention Michael Jayston who adds another dimension to the written word (that I have read previously with admiration). He is clear and concise and the change to tone of voice when characterising females in the narrative is brilliant.I have given this an overall 4 star rating (rather than my usual almost automatic 5 for Le Carre) but please don't let that discourage. Its a fine story with fine characterisation and a beautiful example of how to use the English language to its best. Highly recommended.

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-2016

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. I used to read Maugham for the pleasure of reading the finest English. I read Le Carre for the same reason immeasurably enhanced by the excitement of outstanding plot and finely observed characterisation.

Michael Jayston reads with an authority and dramatisation that adds significant further quality to this overall piece of finely crafted literature.

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le Carre + Sisman = Brilliance

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Reviewed: 28-02-2016

I have read every novel by Mr Le Carre and have always loved his elegant style, his brilliance in character formation and his intricate plots that have been reflective of, and highly relevant to, the society in which we live.

Mr Sisman has produced a number of brilliant biographies over the last couple of decades, or maybe more, but none has been more insightful or better crafted than this which has an edge so similar to the work of Le Carre himself.

I identify closely with the issues that have confronted David Cornwell throughout his life from his early loss of mother to his separation, maybe more positive than negative, from a disreputable father and the introversion and loneliness that that can engender. I also share his abhorrence of political correctness and its practitioners who stifle rational debate with despicable ad hominem attacks.

i have both read this and listened to the book and I feel that as a result of Mr Sisman's work I can now directly admire the man as much, if not more, than I admire his literary output.

A most brilliant executed piece of work about a most brilliant man ...so highly recommended

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