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    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 914
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 833
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 829

    Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless, and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus, the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus, and it's more than likely the perpetrator is Karla, Smiley's old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely fantastic - loved it!

    • By ella on 11-05-15

    Regular price: £31.49

    • The Little Drummer Girl

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 284

    In this enthralling and thought-provoking novel of Middle Eastern intrigue, Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into ‘the theatre of the real’ by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb. lé Carre at his best

    • By Janine on 02-06-14

    Regular price: £31.49

    • Call for the Dead

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 801
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 672

    This novel, set in London in the late 1950s, finds George Smiley engaged in the humdrum job of security vetting. But when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide after an apparently unproblematic interview, Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate – only to uncover a murderous conspiracy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A refreshing change

    • By eatough1999 on 27-01-15

    Regular price: £12.29

    • Fatherland

    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

    Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thought Provoking

    • By Amazon Customer on 16-02-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 973
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 865
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 866

    Alec Leamas has ended his time in Berlin. Or his time has ended him. The last of his Eastern agents has been killed, like the others, by the Abteilung. Back at the Circus, Leamas is put on the shelf. He turns to drunkenness and dishonesty and finally disappears from view, a seemingly broken man. But unknown to anyone except George Smiley and his master, Control, Leamas has been given his toughest mission ever. He will have to be himself but more so.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The book that came in from the cd.

    • By S. Thomas on 23-12-12

    Regular price: £15.99

    • The Night Manager

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 978
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 867
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 859

    The night manager is Jonathan, a veteran of clandestine operations. In flight from a failed marriage and his own past, he has taken refuge in the luxury hotel trade. Yet he finds no escape from his demons. Driven by a desire for atonement and by an inherited patriotism, Jonathan allows himself to be recruited as a British secret agent with a mission to expose the murderer of the woman he himself betrayed. His odyssey takes him across Britain and Canada to the Caribbean and the jungles of Panama.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Demands your attention, then rewards

    • By Nils on 07-04-15

    Regular price: £31.49

    • Smiley's People

    • The Karla Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 922
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 676
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 675

    George Smiley was summoned from his dubious retirement by two seemingly unconnected events - an old woman in Paris is promised the return of a daughter she will never see, and a handover is to take place on a steamer in Hamburg.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An underrated writer

    • By Claudia on 24-09-12

    Regular price: £31.49

    • The Honourable Schoolboy

    • The Karla Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 850
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 566

    George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Honourable Shoolboy

    • By Bruce on 13-02-11

    Regular price: £31.49

    • A Perfect Spy

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 489
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 414
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 412

    Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna, has suddenly vanished, believed defected. The chase is on for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a life-time secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. The race is on to find the perfect spy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating insight into the mind of a spy

    • By Mr on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £21.99

    • A Murder of Quality

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 572
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 525
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 522

    George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'. Miss Ailsa Brimley is in a quandary. She's received a peculiar letter from Mrs Stella Rode, saying that she fears her husband – an assistant master at Carne School - is trying to kill her. Reluctant to go to the police, Miss Brimley calls upon her old wartime colleague, George Smiley.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must for any connoisseur of Le. Carre

    • By Mr. H. Watson on 15-08-16

    Regular price: £31.49

    • The Looking Glass War

    • By: John Le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 233

    Once, the distinctions were clear: the Circus handled all things political while the Department dealt with matters military. But over the years the power and influence had passed to the Circus. Now suddenly the department had a job on its hands. Uncertain evidence suggested Soviet missiles being put in place near the German border, while vital film had gone missing and a courier was dead.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great presentation

    • By Steve Hocking on 03-01-18

    Regular price: £31.49

    • The Russia House

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 241
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 193

    It is the third summer of perestroika. Niki Landau, philanderer and travelling rep, attends the first Moscow audio fair and is asked by beautiful young Katya to take a parcel back to England. It’s addressed to Barley Blair, jazz-player and drinker, and contains information vital to the defence of the West. But times and heroes are changing. And Barley Blair is a man who makes his own rules of engagement.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect voice for the master's stories

    • By Peter on 21-06-11

    Regular price: £31.49

    • The Tailor of Panama

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 91

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great start but got bored in the middle

    • By Alex on 31-07-18

    Regular price: £31.49

    • The Constant Gardener

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 292
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 253

    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
    • A long way from Smiley, but just as excellent

    • By Nicholas on 13-04-13

    Regular price: £20.99

    • A Small Town in Germany

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 295
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 280

    The British Embassy in Bonn is up in arms. Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting - an embassy nobody - goes missing with a case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realises that neither side really wants Leo found - alive.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slow to start but worth sticking with

    • By Steve Hocking on 18-07-17

    Regular price: £31.49

    • The Popes

    • A History
    • By: John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 238
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144

    Well known for his histories of Norman Sicily, Venice, the Byzantine Empire and the Mediterranean, John Julius Norwich has now turned his attention to the oldest continuing institution in the world, tracing the papal line down the centuries from St Peter himself – traditionally (though by no means historically) the first pope – to the present Benedict XVI.Of the 280-odd holders of the supreme office, some have unques­tionably been saints; others have wallowed in unspeakable iniquity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Stroll through 2,000 Years of European History

    • By R on 15-09-11

    Regular price: £26.09

    • The Secret Pilgrim

    • By: John le Carré
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172

    The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world's second-oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus' latest intake; and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present, and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A real mishmash!

    • By J. Wakeman on 28-03-15

    Regular price: £31.49

    • The Ghost

    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    The moment I heard how McAra died I should have walked away. I can see that now...'The narrator of Robert Harris's gripping new novel is a professional ghostwriter - cynical, mercenary, and with a nice line in deadpan humour.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Makes me think again about the British PM

    • By Donn Edwards on 05-07-15

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Colours Aloft

    • By: Alexander Kent
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 24

    Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonaute, a French flagship taken in battle. With the Peace of Amiens in ruins, he must leave the safety of Falmouth. What lies ahead is the grim reality of war at close quarters - where Bolitho will be called upon to anticipate the overall intention of the French fleet. But the battle has also become a personal vendetta between himself and the French admiral who formerly sailed the Argonaute.

    Regular price: £14.89

    • Sloop of War

    • By: Alexander Kent
    • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 46

    As the French enter the American War of Independence, young Richard Bolitho is given command of the fast, well-armed sloop Sparrow. He has a chance to prove his ability, but danger threatens - as real and deadly as the enemy itself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good writing with excellent reading

    • By Tony on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £19.69

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