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Summary

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.

©2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.; 1996 David Cornwell

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Another great story, another great narration!

I cannot get enough of le Carré at the moment, we probably all know some of those that have been made into films and the Tailor of Panama is one of those great films but I would urge anyone who knows the films to listen to the books. Great story as usual, twists and turns, characters are excellent and Michael Jayston was made to narrate these stories, faultless and keeps you listening.

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Brilliant political thriller.

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.

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Very interesting premise... Probably to close to reality!

Le Carre gets better and better at his craft
Performance of the narrator is excellent
For me, this is how literature and history should be taught

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Complex

It's a complex story of corruption, greed, infidelity and betrayal. It's enjoyable but not 5 stars enjoyable.

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Great start but got bored in the middle

Great start to a book but Le Carré's detailed explanations really don't translate well to audio book. It felt really slow and I just plain got bored in the middle and stopped listening.

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Masterful thread pulling.

I really enjoyed this - and will certainly dig out more Le Carre. The character of Harry Pendle is especially well drawn and fleshed out. It certainly has its roots in Greene’s spy fiction without being so cloak and dagger / Bond-ified. Pendle’s end is truly fitting, although he is trapped in circumstances and stitched up regardless. Seeing these threads bought together is masterful. Jayston does a fantastic job as narrator and I look forward to listening to him more.

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not my favourite

I had difficulty with this book as I struggled to emphatise with the main character, which is a first for me as I have read/listened to the majority of the authors work....
the production/narration was flawless, but for me, for once, the story was not one I could really get into...

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Great narration but utterly implausible story.

Michael Jayston is as good as ever but the story was highly implausible and seemed to meander from one silly scene to another without ever really getting to the point. The ending was weak in the extreme. This is the worst Le Carre book I have ever listened to.

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David Jayson

David Jayson is exactly the right reader for John le Carrie and enhances the story

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Too little happening

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A story

Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carré again?

Not in a hurry

What didn’t you like about Michael Jayston’s performance?

It was ok

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Gave up after 5 hours, nothing had happened - would be better as an abridged version!

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