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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised) | [John le Carre]

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised)

Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.
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Smiley, wrestling with retirement and disillusionment, is summoned to a secret meeting with a member of the Cabinet Office. Evidence has emerged that the Circus has been infiltrated at the highest level by a Russian agent. 'Find the mole, George. Clean the stables. Do whatever is necessary.' Reluctantly Smiley agrees, and so embarks on a dark journey into his past a past filled with love, duplicity and betrayal.

Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a star cast including Anna Chancellor, Alex Jennings, Kenneth Cranham, and Bill Paterson, this epic dramatisation brilliantly depicts the complicated moral dilemmas of those who practice post-war espionage and illuminates the murky corners of le Carré's classic spy thriller - the first in the Karla trilogy.

©1974 le Carre Productions; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Alistair DerbyUnited Kingdom 27/01/2010
    Alistair DerbyUnited Kingdom 27/01/2010
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    "A great dramatisation of a classic spy tale"

    What can I say -I am a great fan of Le carre especially his cold war / british secret service era books and this is the best. The dramatisation really brings out the mixture of disillusionment, bureacracy and office politics but with deadly stakes and high tension

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie54 Southbourne, Dorset, UK 08/07/2013
    Charlie54 Southbourne, Dorset, UK 08/07/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "Classic Le Carré"

    It is without a doubt one of John Le Carré's finest novels of that genre.

    Michael Jayston, who plays Peter Guillam in the original 70s film, reads it perfectly.

    I thoroughly recommend this audible version of the classic Le Carre novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley Bingley, United Kingdom 08/12/2011
    Lesley Bingley, United Kingdom 08/12/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly rivoting"

    Bought in the sale more from curiosity and completing "the set" than with high expectations but listened in one go, unable to switch off until finished.
    I enjoyed reading and rereading the book, loved the BBC TV series with Alec Guiness as Smiley ,looking forward to seeing the new film and enjoyed the unabridged audiobook ( ie I know the story backwards) but still got something new from this adaptation.
    The changes helped the abridged story line. Other than the Rikki Tarr voice which did not work for me I thought all the voice acting was superb and the dramatisation added excitement and atmosphere.
    Does not replace the unadulterated leCarre but well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    danny Heaton Norris, United Kingdom 19/09/2011
    danny Heaton Norris, United Kingdom 19/09/2011 Member Since 2008
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    "Spectacular"

    This has to be one of the darkest and best things I have ever listened to....loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Shrewsbury, UK 17/09/2011
    Amazon Customer Shrewsbury, UK 17/09/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Great production by the BBC as always!"

    This is a deep, complex Cold War novel with a large cast of characters - and as such it doesn't actually lend itself terribly well to audio. Reading a book I might flick back a couple of chapters to remind myself of something, but of course this is nigh-on impossible with an audiobook. The production from the BBC is of course excellent, but the material is very dense and complicated so you really do have to concentrate to keep up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. E. S. Bradshaw Warwickshire, England 16/09/2011
    J. E. S. Bradshaw Warwickshire, England 16/09/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "A classic given a classic face-lift"

    The Alec Guinness/BBC 'Tinker, Tailor' of the 1970s can hardly be surpassed, though this production by the BBC gets close, not by imitating but by nearly equalling the original. It has a good cast, a great Cold War atmosphe and wonderful music, and it goes along at the right pace - relentless, measured, tense, gripping. If you like John le Carre you'll enjoy this, though the unabridged production is far and away a better story. Get both.

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    Debra Coulsdon, United Kingdom 30/01/2011
    Debra Coulsdon, United Kingdom 30/01/2011
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    "Complex yet coherent"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this production, having missed it on the radio. Simon Russell Beale has great presence as the wise and wily George Smiley and the story economically brings in personal, social and political history and gives us a great whodunnit.

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    Nicholas CambridgeUnited Kingdom 22/07/2010
    Nicholas CambridgeUnited Kingdom 22/07/2010
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    "Great dramatisation of an exciting story"

    Excellent dramatisation. I found the book rather slow and confusing, but the dramatisation really brought it alive. Voice acting is very good.

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    Rogayah Reading, United Kingdom 06/06/2010
    Rogayah Reading, United Kingdom 06/06/2010 Member Since 2007
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    "The Mole"

    This was a totally gripping drama with an excellent cast and accompanying music. As it is part of series I look forward to hearing the other plays.

    It kept me glued to the story and had all the tension of the best of BBC plays. Excellent work.

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    Derek LondonUnited Kingdom 10/03/2010
    Derek LondonUnited Kingdom 10/03/2010
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    "Fantastic"

    Fantastic book - well read. My only problem is that a large chunk was chopped out of the story.... well worth the money and pleasure.....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • lynn
    ADELAIDE, Australia
    09/03/11
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    "Atmospheric, powerful production"

    I have read and listened to different interpretations of John le Carre's work over 20 years this is as good as any previous productions including the those with Bernard Hepton and Alec Guiness. Simon Russell Beale has just the right air of world weariness for George Smiley, Ann his wife's part has been extended beautifully to add context. This production adds to others I have and I shall enjoy it again and again.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    Georgetown TX
    17/01/10
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    "Poor dramatization of a masterpiece"

    There are many bad things about this dramatization, but the worst is the casting of Smiley. You get the impression that he's young and talkative, which is absurd. The people who did this should have listened to previous renderings, including the reading of the unabridged version on Audible, which with all its faults is far superior to this. I wish I hadn't bought it.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Platypus
    Perth, WA, Australia
    16/08/13
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    "Hard to follow"
    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or the narrators?

    I have read this book. It is a good read, but one on which you must concentrate. The Audible version is most difficult to follow when you are driving. My suggestion: buy the book


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

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment at my inability to follow the story


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Chula Vista, CA, United States
    06/03/11
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    "Poor substitute for a good reading"

    I have the Listen for Pleasure releases of the John LeCarre Smiley series on cassette. Bad assumption on my part that these dramatizations would be comparable. If you love the John LeCarre series of Smiley books. Don't listen to these, they'll put you completely off the genre! This is the first Audible selection that I actually deleted out of my library.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    Norman, OK, United States
    26/03/12
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    "Listen in Order"

    Last of a long storyline. I don't know if I'll listen to the preceding books in the series now, knowing the end. I should have looked into that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steven L. Taylor
    Toronto, ON Canada
    31/01/12
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    "Dramatisation = Distracting"
    Was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Dramatised) worth the listening time?

    No, I would have preferred a single narrator to a cast, especially for a story like Tinker Tailor that has so much going on. I had a hard time figuring out who was talking and it really took away from the overall story.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend skipping this audio book version until their is a single narrator, unabridged version available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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