Smiley
Books in series8
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(4.3 based on 3319 ratings)
  • 1
    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
    (442)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (347)

    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.

    A refreshing change

    First venture into the world of George Smiley, good to start at the very inception of his character.

    The 4 * is because despite the narrator ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 27 January 2015 by eatough1999 (Northumberland, UK)
  • 2
    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
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    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.

    A must for any connoisseur of Le. Carre

    The narration beautifully added perfection to an already stunning work. Well done Michael Jayson.

    Reviewed on 15 August 2016 by Mr. H. Watson ()
  • 3
    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
    (517)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (440)

    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.

    The book that came in from the cd.

    This isn't my usual choice. Espionage thrillers usually leave me cold - or the thought or them does. However this was a book group choice so I chose t..Show More »

    Reviewed on 23 December 2012 by S. Thomas (uk)
  • 4
    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
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    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.

    The Looking Glass War

    This is another brilliant novel by le Carre. It is beautifully written and narrated, to the extent that you almost feel that you are there. I really e..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 March 2013 by nicole (United Kingdom)
  • 5
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  • 6
    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
    (603)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (335)

    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.

    The Honourable Shoolboy

    What a wonderful introduction to the world of Audible Books. We ordered the book with the firm intention of listening on a long and planned car journ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 February 2011 by Bruce (Freeland, United Kingdom)
  • 7
    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
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (337)

    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.

    A wonderful link to the BBC series

    I have been reading this book repeatedly, along with the others in the 'Smiley' trilogy, for the past 30 years. Having it in audio form opens up even..Show More »

    Reviewed on 20 November 2010 by Anonymous ()
  • 8
    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
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    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.

    The Last of the Summer Wine

    Not a contination of the Smiley series, nor really a novel as such; more a series of vignettes neatly inserted into Smiley's back story. Most welcome ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 02 February 2013 by Jon (londonUnited Kingdom)