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 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.
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
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.
The cast of these radio plays bring the world of George Smiley to life. Right from the first moment you will be hooked.
Fantastic dramatisation, good value for money, well done Audible and BBC!!!!
Everything, I know, a bit cliche!!
Can be, Has 8 or so different stories, so can re-listen
Brilliant all round
First taste of John LeCarre for me and I loved it!
I listen to BBC4 afternoon dramas from time to time and John LeCarre was always on the radar as a read for me. So I was drawn naturally - two birds one stone.
The cast list is amazing and deliver just as you would expect. The hours flew past and found it very easy to listen to.
Hard to pick a favorite, its a toss between "The spy who came in from the cold" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy".
Side note: I got so drawn into the stories I felt myself having a strange desire to pour a whiskey (Only the good stuff - mind). You might get what I mean if you listen in :-)
Heard these first on Radio 4 Extra and fell deeply in love with Simon Russell Beales voice. The stellar cast give a fantastic interpretation of Le Carres work.
Great series of dramatisations. Excellent cast, classic cold war spy tales. Hugely enjoyable. Highly recommend
Mr Beale as Smiley is perfect. From his breathing to his temperament. Exciting and engaging. The time flew by.
"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.
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