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  • A Legacy of Spies | John le Carré

    A Legacy of Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

    nicole says: "New life into a favourite series"
  • The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization | John le Carré

    The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
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    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "BBC radio adaptation at its best"
  • Call for the Dead | John le Carré

    Call for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    This novel, set in London in the late 1950s, finds George Smiley engaged in the humdrum job of security vetting. But when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide after an apparently unproblematic interview, Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate - only to uncover a murderous conspiracy.

    eatough1999 says: "A refreshing change"
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold | John le Carré

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
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    (600)
    Story
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    Alec Leamas has ended his time in Berlin. Or his time has ended him. The last of his Eastern agents has been killed, like the others, by the Abteilung. Back at the Circus, Leamas is put on the shelf. He turns to drunkenness and dishonesty and finally disappears from view, a seemingly broken man. But unknown to anyone except George Smiley and his master, Control, Leamas has been given his toughest mission ever. He will have to be himself but more so.

    S. Thomas says: "The book that came in from the cd."
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy | John le Carré

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
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    (554)
    Story
    (555)

    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.

    ella says: "Absolutely fantastic - loved it!"
  • A Murder of Quality | John le Carré

    A Murder of Quality

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband - an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley.

    Mr. H. Watson says: "A must for any connoisseur of Le. Carre"
  • Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3 | John le Carré

    Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    George Smiley was summoned from his dubious retirement by two seemingly unconnected events - an old woman in Paris is promised the return of a daughter she will never see, and a handover is to take place on a steamer in Hamburg.

    Claudia says: "An underrated writer"
  • The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2 | John le Carré

    The Honourable Schoolboy: The Karla Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.

    Bruce says: "The Honourable Shoolboy"
  • A Delicate Truth | John le Carré

    A Delicate Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
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    Story
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    A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Al says: "Outstanding writing and narration"
  • The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life | John le Carré

    The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    'Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.' The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré's memoir and his first work of nonfiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author's extraordinary engagement with the last half century.

    Caroline brown says: "As enjoyable and thought provoking as ever"
  • The Night Manager | John le Carré

    The Night Manager

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
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    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.

    Nils says: "Demands your attention, then rewards"
  • A Perfect Spy: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation | John le Carré

    A Perfect Spy: BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney, Bill Paterson, Julian Rhind-Tutt
    Overall
    (7)
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    'Love is whatever you can still betray. Betrayal can only happen if you love.' So says Magnus Pym, the spy of the title; and he has betrayed a lot in his life - countries, friends, family and lovers. When Magnus disappears after his father's funeral, MI6 launches an urgent manhunt to prevent his defection. But Pym is on a search of his own - to unravel the mystery of what made him the perfect spy.

    POS says: "Great Adaptation"
  • The Looking Glass War | John Le Carré

    The Looking Glass War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Once, the distinctions were clear: the Circus handled all things political while the Department dealt with matters military. But over the years the power and influence had passed to the Circus. Now suddenly the department had a job on its hands. Uncertain evidence suggested Soviet missiles being put in place near the German border, while vital film had gone missing and a courier was dead.

    nicole says: "The Looking Glass War"
  • The Little Drummer Girl | John le Carré

    The Little Drummer Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
    (225)

    In this enthralling and thought-provoking novel of Middle Eastern intrigue, Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into ‘the theatre of the real’ by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist.

    Janine says: "Superb. lé Carre at his best"
  • A Perfect Spy | John le Carré

    A Perfect Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
    (332)

    Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna, has suddenly vanished, believed defected. The chase is on for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a life-time secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. The race is on to find the perfect spy.

    sxortesi says: "I don't think i will ever get to the end"
  • The Secret Pilgrim | John le Carré

    The Secret Pilgrim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world's second-oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus' latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present, and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life.

    Jon says: "The Last of the Summer Wine"
  • John le Carré Value Collection: Tailor of Panama, Our Game, and Night Manager | John le Carré

    John le Carré Value Collection: Tailor of Panama, Our Game, and Night Manager

    • ABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
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    (66)
    Story
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    Night Manager: Enter the new world of post-Cold War espionage. Penetrate the secret world of ruthless arms dealers and drug smugglers who have risen to unthinkable power and wealth. Our Game: With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress, Emma.... Tailor of Panama: Le Carre's Panama is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption. It is also the country which on December 31, 1999, will gain full control of the Panama Canal.

    Fabian von Stechow says: "John le Carré is an excellent narrator"
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised) | John le Carré

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (54)

    It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

    Peter says: "Brilliant but short."
  • A Small Town in Germany | John le Carré

    A Small Town in Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (102)
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    (96)
    Story
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    The British Embassy in Bonn is up in arms. Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting - an embassy nobody - goes missing with a case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realises that neither side really wants Leo found - alive.

    Stuart Bailey says: "The master at has best"
  • The Russia House | John le Carré

    The Russia House

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    It is the third summer of perestroika. Niki Landau, philanderer and travelling rep, attends the first Moscow audio fair and is asked by beautiful young Katya to take a parcel back to England. It's addressed to Barley Blair, jazz-player and drinker, and contains information vital to the defence of the West. But times and heroes are changing. And Barley Blair is a man who makes his own rules of engagement.

    Peter says: "Perfect voice for the master's stories"
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