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  • The Tailor of Panama

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Harry Pendel is the charismatic proprietor of Pendel and Braithwaite Limitada of Panama, through whose doors everyone who is anyone in Central America passes. Andrew Osnard, mysterious and fleshy, is a spy. His secret mission is two-pronged: to keep a watchful eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal on 31st December 1999; and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has until now churlishly eluded him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great start but got bored in the middle

  • By Alex on 31-07-18

Very interesting premise... Probably to close to reality!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-08-16

Le Carre gets better and better at his craft
Performance of the narrator is excellent
For me, this is how literature and history should be taught

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in 16th century England

  • By Phil on 22-01-10

Wolf Hall

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-09

Sorry...might be a wonderful book but I can't stand the narrator, and unfortunately I do not have enough specific historical background to really follow what is going on. In particular because it jumps forward in time and assumes a current knowledge of historical events I studied 25 years ago...

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