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Agent Running in the Field

Narrated by: John le Carré
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Summary

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Nat, a 47-year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie. 

Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. 

Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age. 

©2019 John le Carré (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times." (The Guardian)

"John le Carré is as recognisable a writer as Dickens or Austen." (Financial Times)

"No writer has ever been better at turning the act of two people talking politely to each other across a desk into a blood sport." (Telegraph)

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Dear Mr. Le Carré, Brilliant work, not so reading

Dear Mr. Le Carré, Brilliant work, not so good reading. Please bring back Michael Jayston.

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Absolutely Bloody Marvellous

What a revelation it is to hear JLC read his own work.
A great p!easure, and a wonderful story.

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Great Book Read by Amateur

Of typical high standard literary wise, but what hubris leads JLC to believe he can match a professional’s performance when it comes to reading his own work. The designer of an F1 car doesn’t race it professionally. Disappointing.

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Bad choice

Even though I quite liked the story, they shouldn't have made an octogenarian read the entire thing. John le carre is a great writer but he is not an actor and making him read it all seemed somehow cruel. He was breathy to begin with and got better as he found his stride but it still didn't make for the best listening experience.

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brilliant writing, wrong narration.

As ever, fantastic writing, but should have Gone fro Michael Jayson as with others. JLC isn’t a narrator and it spoils it.

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Loved this book

Loved this book , loved his voice and they way he delivered his reading it. Really sorry when I came to the end . Will probably listen to straight away again. What a brilliant man and writer.

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poor narration

I could not get in to this book, because of the poor narration. Bring back Michael Jayston.

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very disappointed

found the story very slow the reading no feeling was looking forward to the book but disappointed

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Thin gruel

Far from his best and not much more than an extended diatribe against the author’s myriad dislikes. A disappointing and shallow tale.