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The Tailor of Panama Audiobook

The Tailor of Panama

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Publisher's Summary

Harry Pendel is the charismatic proprietor of Pendel and Braithwaite Limitada of Panama, through whose doors everyone who is anyone in Central America passes.

Andrew Osnard, mysterious and fleshy, is a spy. His secret mission is two-pronged: to keep a watchful eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal on 31st December 1999; and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has until now churlishly eluded him.

©1996 David Cornwell; 2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    Amazon Customer 08/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant political thriller."

    Le Carre on top form - an angry and vivid portrayal of British collusion, high and low, in a Panamanian revolution. Brilliantly read by Michael Jayston - the perfect interpreter of Le Carre's moral fury.

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    The Irish Grover 14/02/2017
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    "not my favourite"

    I had difficulty with this book as I struggled to emphatise with the main character, which is a first for me as I have read/listened to the majority of the authors work....
    the production/narration was flawless, but for me, for once, the story was not one I could really get into...

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    Ronan United Kingdom 05/02/2017
    Ronan United Kingdom 05/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story


    Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carré again?

    Not in a hurry


    What didn’t you like about Michael Jayston’s performance?

    It was ok


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Gave up after 5 hours, nothing had happened - would be better as an abridged version!

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    Michael 28/08/2016
    Michael 28/08/2016
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    "Very interesting premise... Probably to close to reality!"

    Le Carre gets better and better at his craft
    Performance of the narrator is excellent
    For me, this is how literature and history should be taught

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    Mr Surbiton, United Kingdom 15/05/2016
    Mr Surbiton, United Kingdom 15/05/2016 Member Since 2017

    I love listening to Audible when I'm walking to work. I like a lot of different types of fiction, and promise to review more!

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    "Masterful thread pulling."

    I really enjoyed this - and will certainly dig out more Le Carre. The character of Harry Pendle is especially well drawn and fleshed out. It certainly has its roots in Greene’s spy fiction without being so cloak and dagger / Bond-ified. Pendle’s end is truly fitting, although he is trapped in circumstances and stitched up regardless. Seeing these threads bought together is masterful. Jayston does a fantastic job as narrator and I look forward to listening to him more.

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    MAGGS Port Talbot 10/12/2015
    MAGGS Port Talbot 10/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "The Tailor if Panama - Weird & not a spy story"

    The Tailor if Panama - Weird & not a spy story , not in the real sense. A bit of spying going on but more about people.
    I loved Pendle thought he was great & the character he played of his life.
    I would have liked a better ended to me it left the book hanging, not really finished.
    Narration was brilliant by Michael Jayston

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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