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The Constant Gardener | [John le Carré]

The Constant Gardener

The beautiful Tessa Quayle is murdered near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. And her putative African lover and travelling companion has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's husband, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. On his way he meets terror, violence, and conspiracy, but his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.
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The beautiful Tessa Quayle is murdered near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. And her putative African lover and travelling companion has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's husband, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. On his way he meets terror, violence, and conspiracy, but his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

© 2001 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    Nicholas poulton le fylde, Lancashire, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Nicholas poulton le fylde, Lancashire, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2005
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    "A long way from Smiley, but just as excellent"

    I knew a little of the shadowy side of the giant Pharma corporations, and I new a little of the problems facing Africa in the form of TB and other serious diseases. Putting the two together and we in the west have yet more to be deeply ashamed of.

    This is a beautiful and sad book with characters to love, pity and loathe. And all wrapped up in the typical Le Carre way. Perfect.



    Michael Jayston narrates perfectly.

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    "Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I found it interesting, particularly because it took part in a country which is dear to my heart.
    I find le Carre books quite difficult to follow at times. Even though they don't adopt the now popular editing method of jumping ahead in time then back again, which adds pace and anticipation to a novel, but can also be confusing.


    If you’ve listened to books by John le Carré before, how does this one compare?

    This is only the second book of his that I have listened to, and I did enjoy it.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Jayston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I thought he did a splendid job of the narration,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at all. I paced it over about 4 days, which was just fine.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it a little drawn out and it probably took a little too long to reach the vital moment of exposing the full plot and motivation. I feel that clever editing could have improved it, but that was fundamentally the old school of writing. Or perhaps thats just the way le Carre wanted it.

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