The night manager is Jonathan, a veteran of clandestine operations. In flight from a failed marriage and his own past, he has taken refuge in the luxury hotel trade. Yet he finds no escape from his demons. Driven by a desire for atonement and by an inherited patriotism, Jonathan allows himself to be recruited as a British secret agent with a mission to expose the murderer of the woman he himself betrayed. His odyssey takes him across Britain and Canada to the Caribbean and the jungles of Panama. But there are more treacherous jungles still in Whitehall and Washington.
©1993 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
As usual from Le Carré a well paced thriller, drawing the eader into the psychological And intellectual aspects of the plot, it's a contempory account of political and criminal intrigue, the lines between good and bad, political manouverings and the expediency of the hero caught up in all of this is a common theme in Le Carrés books, but I think it is well done here. Definitely worth a listen. Great narration as well, always crucial to the enjoyment of a good listen!
1958-vintage. Reads several reviews before buying audiobooks. Listens mainly while commuting by car.
I have not found this an easy listen. In fact, I have only completed this audiobook after two aborted attempts. You see, it requires attention to a degree that my half-hour daily commute to and from work simply doesn't provide.
The story is so full of details that seem important to the ambience and characterisation of its varied cast. Michael Jayston really is a joy to listen to as he puts on the often teasingly entertaining accents that portray culture and skin colour better than any photograph could.
Le Carré is rarely humourous, but frequently ironic and even sarcastic about political and class hypocrisy, not sparing people of influence and responsibility. Every sentence has its place in this book. Never a superfluous repetition, never an inconsistency (that I noticed).
To appreciate this audiobook takes an effort on the part of the listener. But the reward is waiting, and the last couple of chapters have upset my night's sleep to an extent that few audiobooks have - possibly with the exception of Robert Harris' The Ghost, also read expertly by Michael Jayston.
Do I recommend this title? Absolutely! But expect to make an effort on your part!
Strong characterisation and a gripping storyline with a huge sweep of locations. As usual Le Carre handles the atmospheres brilliantly.
The build up if suspense at the end of the book is momentous.
Yes and this is one of his best. He seems to have a great affinity to Le Carre's characters.
A contemporary tale from arguably the number one spy fiction writer ever. Gripping, compelling, believable, exciting.... in fact everything you expect and want from this genre is delivered with aplomb.
"a masterpiece, the arms trade monster"
John le Carre always draws the reader into the story he is telling, I kept questioning my own perceptions of where the law should or shouldn't apply. Supply meeting demand, and the people who are willing to be facilitators, create the monster in our midst with our tacit tolerance. A powerful story!
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