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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

Brilliant political thriller.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Le Carre on top form - an angry and vivid portrayal of British collusion, high and low, in a Panamanian revolution. Brilliantly read by Michael Jayston - the perfect interpreter of Le Carre's moral fury.

  • Single & Single

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

A corporate lawyer from the House of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside for crimes that he does not understand. A children’s entertainer in Devon is hauled to his local bank late at night to explain a monumental influx of cash. A Russian freighter is arrested in the Black Sea.... The logical connection of these events and more is one of the many pleasures of this story of love, deceit, family and the triumph of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect voice for the master's stories

  • By Peter on 21-06-11

Classic le Carre, brilliantly narrated. Wonderful.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-01-17

Le Carre's sweeping disquisition on corruption is deeply satisfying. From the Liverpool docks to the Caucasian badlands, this novel is a masterclass on the darker sides of global trade and the people who facilitate it. Mr Jayston's narrative is a joy - wonderful characterisation and pacing, a tour de force. Highly recommended