LISTENER

rodney

  • 2
  • reviews
  • 6
  • helpful votes
  • 3
  • ratings
  • The Constant Gardener

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

The beautiful Tessa Quayle is murdered near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. And her putative African lover and travelling companion has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa’s husband, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. On his way he meets terror, violence, and conspiracy, but his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional, addictive and typical Le Carre

  • By joanna green on 30-11-14

Jayston is at his best when narrating Le carré.

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

Reviewed: 28-09-15

Jayston's narrative is wonderful. I think his style and pace are spot on, for me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Absolute Friends

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

The friends of the title are Ted Mundy, British soldier’s son born 1947 in a new independent Pakistan, and Sasha, refugee son of an East German Lutheran pastor and his wife who have sought sanctuary in the West.

The two men meet first as students in riot-torn West Berlin of the late 60s, again in the grimy looking-glass of Cold War espionage and, most terribly, in today’s world of terror. Spanning 56 years, Absolute Friends is a savage fable of our times.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Revolution in order to establish the dictatorship

  • By Wras on 09-05-17

Jayston genius

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

Reviewed: 31-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Jayston and le Carré have done it again; the most fabulous duo since laurel and hardy.. In a 'word' unputdownable..

What about Michael Jayston’s performance did you like?

Michael has the rare ability of instantly transforming the written word into something utterly real. If his narrating was compared to a cake it would be something made of solid gold with a diamond cherry on top.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful