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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Audiobook

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless, and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus, the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus, and it's more than likely the perpetrator is Karla, Smiley's old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow. And when, at the dead of night, a member of the Cabinet offers Smiley the job to 'clean the stable, do whatever is necessary', it becomes a long and bitter battle of wits between Smiley, the master of deceit, and the enigmatic Karla.

©1974 Le Carre Productions; (P)1997 Chivers Audio Books

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    ella 11/05/2015
    ella 11/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely fantastic - loved it!"

    A wonderful tangled Web-skillfully and delicately wrought. Kept me enthralled from start to finish. Michael Jayston gets every voice to a tee, building a full and mysterious picture for the reader- especially Smiley. I am sure to listen to this again - goes straight to the top of my tree and will take an awful lot of beating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Viner Poole, Dorset UK 19/03/2015
    M. Viner Poole, Dorset UK 19/03/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Classic"

    The wonder of this novel is that it always seems fresh, fascinating and engrossing. After the TV series, the film and, of course, the book, one might assume the story has become stale. Not a bit of it. It's a wonderful tale which, by leaving much unsaid or implied, allows the audience to take something new from every visit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07/02/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "A totally British spy story!"

    Exactly how I imagine the world of Cold War spies was run. Le Carre writes with understated perfection of Smiley's slow, careful, precise search to uncover the story of betrayals, lies, and courageous loyalty that had almost destroyed his life in the London Circus. Only behind his words, spoken by the main characters, can one feel the fear, loneliness and pain of the life of the spy.

    The narrator, Michael Jayston is perfect here, through his voice he adds to the various characters in the book without drawing attention to himself. This book, although written a while ago is very relevant today.

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    pan 03/12/2014
    pan 03/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Spy Thriller"
    Where does Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    John Le Carre is the undisputed master of the genre and Tinker tailor is his masterpiece. Every Character in the book, from the slow-burning, quiet Protagonist Smiley to the Rakish Guillam are wonderfully fleshed out and memorable. John le Carre is excellent in evoking the 70s of the cold war, a time of general paranoia and institutional green paint on linoleum walls. The plot may be a little hard to follow but it is a nice change from your usual espionage thriller where intelligence involves shooting up a large number of foreign cars.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?

    The opening chapter that partially reveals Jim Prideaux's identity, half-seen through the eyes of the Bill Roach is one of the most nuanced sketches ever written


    Which character – as performed by Michael Jayston – was your favourite?

    All of the characters were wonderfully performed, but especially the continental . Unlike certain other audiobooks who shall not be named, he goes easy on the accents and avoids giving esterhazy or max ludicrous james-bond style voices.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Mowbray. Bristol 02/06/2015
    Craig Mowbray. Bristol 02/06/2015 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Genius"

    Wonderfully bleak and grey, perfectly reflecting the sad sense of greatness lost and misplaced loyalty. Read the book, saw the BBC series and this is equal in experience.

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    Liz 18/10/2015
    Liz 18/10/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb Performance from Mr Jayston"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - absolutely. I have to admit that I have tried to read the novel and watch the BBC series, and the first defeated me and the second completely baffled me. This is the first version of 'Tinker Tailor' I've actually got through and completely understood.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George Smiley is one of the great characters in fiction, and the tension of the relationship with his wife (who only appears fleetingly at the end of the novel) adds another dimension to an already complex and beautifully drawn character. However, this is a novel of great characters, so Tarr, Prideaux and the marvellous Connie also need an honourable mention, and the 'absent' characters (Anne and Karla) are as well drawn through the main characters' commentary as the characters who are present.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Jayston – was your favourite?

    Smiley, without a doubt. In s subtle way, Jayston channels the spirit of Alec Guiness in his performance, which is both appropriate to the character and makes it easier to distinguish Smiley's voice from the other characters.


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

    It may have been better, as one tends to lose track if there are gaps between listening to parts of the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    As Jayston played Guillam in the original BBC series, he has an understanding of all of the dynamics and allows the listener to readily make sense of the complex plot - highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lynn clough 13/11/2014
    lynn clough 13/11/2014 Member Since 2014

    Its Mrs David Clough Lyn to friends

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

    yes I would indeed I have. Great story very well written


    What did you like best about this story?

    The calm undertone to a very edge of your seat story


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

    He is just a fantastic narrator. He is always fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    Your library is incomplete without this book

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    LCD 27/05/2015
    LCD 27/05/2015
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    "A classic Tale"

    Simply stated a must read, must listen to classic brought to life by Michael Jayston's beautiful narration.

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    oldskoolflash London, UK 30/01/2017
    oldskoolflash London, UK 30/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Recorded on a cassette tape in the 70s?"
    Would you try another book written by John le Carré or narrated by Michael Jayston?

    This is my first John Le Carre book but I did find the pace plodding and slow. Maybe it's just me and I need to read a few more before casting judgement.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Jayston?

    I really disliked the Narration, partly due to the quality of the audio but it wasn't helped by the plummy 70s voice of the narrator. As my title suggests it sounds like it was recorded onto tape in the 70s and not a digital recording from 2015.


    Did Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy inspire you to do anything?

    :/


    Any additional comments?

    Apauling audio quality with no depth and a tinny distortion as the volume is increased.

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    Groovy2 Leics, England 22/01/2017
    Groovy2 Leics, England 22/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Timeless quality"

    The story is legendary in this genre - and deservedly so. The narration is brilliant and totally absorbing. Will revisit next year!

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  • Canarylampshade
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    "Best espionage novel I've ever read and heard."

    Great story, great writing, and the perfect narrator.
    It is phenomenal. And, piqued my interest in the real world Cold War spy scandals.

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