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Summary

A half-starved young Russian man is smuggled into Hamburg at dead of night. He has an improbable amount of cash secreted in a purse around his neck. He is a devout Muslim. Or is he? He says his name is Issa....

Annabel, an idealistic young German civil-rights lawyer, determines to save Issa from deportation. In pursuit of his mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous Tommy Brue, the 60-year-old scion of Brue Frères, a failing British bank based in Hamburg.

Annabel, Issa, and Brue form an unlikely alliance and a triangle of impossible loves is born. Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the ‘War on Terror’, the rival spies of Germany, England, and America converge upon the innocents.

©2008 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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Another classic from John Le Carre.

Beautifully written and it keeps you going right to the end. The subject while being set in Germany with the MI6 and CIA being involved with the native intelligence agencies, the ending will ring true with many people concerned about oversight and rendition

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Not his best work.

As a fan of the Author ot pains me to say this was a bit of a struggle to get through. The characters were unpleasant and implausible. The plot was almost non-existent and the story just dragged. Compared to other Le Carre novels this is a weak effort. Very disappointing.

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Good listen

Thanks for the up to date story. Trumps America could be 2016 Well read too.

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Slow to get in to

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I struggled a little to maintain interest, which is unusual as I generally enjoy Le Carre's books. I found my attention drifting and had to keep rewinding to follow the story.

Would you be willing to try another book from John le Carré? Why or why not?

Absolutely. He's one of the top thriller writers of a generation and I've been reading his books since the 1960s. His writing remains relevant and compelling.

What about Michael Jayston’s performance did you like?

He has a laconic, laid back delivery. Great timbre to his voice.

Did A Most Wanted Man inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

Stick with it, it does get better as the convoluted tale of treachery and double dealing develops.

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Great Listen

Great Listen with amazing twists and turns. I wonder if there is scope for a sequel.

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What happend? they made this into a film

Would you try another book written by John le Carré or narrated by Michael Jayston?

I have either read or listened to almost every Le Carrier book and this is by far the worst.

What could John le Carré have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write about what he knows and not get on the anti-terrorist band wagon

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Probably his best since ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

Le Carré is back to his imperious best with this one, probably his best novel since ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ twenty-five years earlier.

It begins, rather similarly to ‘Absolute Friends,’ with a mysterious character arriving on the scene in Germany — Hamburg in this case — who is named Issa, a Chechen Muslim who has escaped from torture in Russia and in Turkey, and is looking for a place to hide from the authorities.

What follows is a terrific story of intrigue and subterfuge, as numerous well-wishers find themselves inextricably involved in Issa’s life. But the German authorities are also onto him…

The story is interesting throughout, and right up until the end — an end to which the tension gradually but perceptibly builds and builds — you genuinely don’t know which way it’s going to go. And the name of the mysterious refugee, Issa — i.e., Arabic for Jesus — is not without its significance, as becomes clear by the end.

There was one very curious reference in the story, which is worth a mention. It occurs in chapter 2, at 10º49’ from the end of the audiobook. As narrator, le Carré refers to the ancient philosopher Socrates, as if Socrates were one of the great writers of human history: whereas, in fact, Socrates wrote not a thing. It’s hard to believe le Carré was unaware of this. (There is a later writer, Socrates, a Church historian, but clearly he isn’t intended.) A rare le Carré factual error?

Michael Jayston’s narration is, as ever, superb. He seems to have been made for this rôle.

All in all, excellent.

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Michael Jayson

Michael Jayson as always is the perfect teller of John le Carre stories with credible accents of the players.

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A master story teller

John Le Carre never disappoints. Another masterpiece to have pride of place in my library

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The Master story teller at his best

An excellently narrated (Michael Jayston's narrations of JLC are the best) story with great background details. John le Carré will be much missed by me and his legion of fans as we always waited with ancipation for each new book. So from now I will simply be re-reading. Recommendion for anyone who is not used to this sort of prose: not suitable of interrupted listening as one really needs to follow the story. There are no words or sentences that shouldn't be there.

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If you like spy stories this is CLASSIC le Carre!!

Great story and a fantastic performance by the narrator. This is typical real world le Carre at his best