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The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

By: John le Carré
Narrated by: full cast, Simon Russell Beale
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"A radio triumph...Simon Russell Beale's pitch-perfect master spy." ( Financial Times)

Summary

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels. 'Call for the Dead' is the first Smiley novel, which sees him looking into an apparent suicide only to uncover a murderous conspiracy; 'A Murder of Quality' finds Smiley investigating a murder in a private school; 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' introduces Alec Leamas, a British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters; 'The Looking Glass War' features former spy Fred Leiser, lured back from retirement to investigate a claim that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border; 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' is the first book in the Karla trilogy, and sees Smiley searching for a mole who has infiltrated the Circus; 'The Honourable Schoolboy' sees Smiley determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks; 'Smiley's People' finds George Smiley called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past; and 'The Secret Pilgrim' sees Smiley invited to dine with the eager new recruits at the Circus. He offers them his thoughts on espionage and, in doing so, prompts a former colleague to re-examine his own eventful secret life.

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Best audiobook for some time!

Clear speaking voices; heard and understood every word; storylines were perfectly dramatised and paced, allowing total immersion.

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intriguing and thought provoking

Great adaptation of the series. Excellent cast . Very atmospheric. Overall a very enjoyable listen.

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A masterpiece of storytelling.

So very enjoyable . The performances were superb and you can truly visualise the characters. I highly recommend it.

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Just brilliant!

Beautifully produced, don’t be put off by the spy story - it’s as much thriller and so well put together that anyone could enjoy - with brilliant characterisation and cracking storylines. Thoroughly enjoyable all round!

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Essential for le Carrè fans

Was gripped from start to finish. Smiley brought to life. utterly brilliant first class Job.

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Brilliant, atmospheric dramatisations

I heard these when they were on Radio 4 and I think Radio 4 Extra a couple of years later. When something’s good it can always bear another listen and I was delighted to be able to sample this delight again on Audible. Great cast, faultless acting - some Le Carré favourites really brought to life in an inimitabile way.

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Fabulous throughout

I was completely immersed. All the performances were wonderfully credible and Simon RB was a perfect Smiley. The stories are often complicated but brilliant. Books you can read or listen to over and over again.

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How to forget your problems for a few hours !!

I enjoyed every episode, believable characters, solid stories that inter-link worth every penny. Buy it

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Impeccable 10/10

Quite simply the finest radio dramas ever made. Impeccable acting and production. The BBC should do all le Carre novels.

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All you could wish for. SRB awersome. All well observed. Atmospheric and gripping. Great adaptations.

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