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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John le Carré Narrator: John le Carré Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9780743579247
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A half-starved young Russian man is smuggled into Hamburg in the dead of night with 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, even if the price is her career—and her safety. Searching for clues to his mysterious past, she confronts the incongruous sixty-year-old scion of a failing British bank—and a triangle of impossible loves is born.

Meanwhile, scenting a sure kill in the “War on Terror,” the rival spies of three nations converge upon the innocents.

Thrilling, compassionate, peopled with characters the reader never wants to let go, A Most Wanted Man is a work of deep humanity with uncommon relevance to our times.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is le Carré's strongest, most powerful novel…Extraordinary.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Intricately plotted, beautifully written, propulsive, morally engaged, but timely as today's headlines…The protagonists are brilliantly drawn.”

    Los Angeles Times 

  • “What le Carré has always done terrifically is to capture the nuances of the spying game. His spooks are wonderful…In A Most Wanted Man you are, unlike the modern world, in thrillingly deft, safe hands.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Astounding, nearly perfect…beautifully paced, awesomely crafted…desperately readable.”

    San Francisco Chronicle 

  • “Le Carré's…secret agents exist in a world of stalemate, moral compromise, ambiguity and betrayal…Like his books, le Carré is a mix of unblinking realism and hopeful humanism.”

    Associated Press

  • “An instant classic…A provocative and incendiary ending that only le Carré, the master, can pull off.”

    USA Today 

  • “As sharp as he ever was…Le Carré…remains a class above his neighbors on the bestseller list.”

    Chicago Sun-Times 

  • “Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal 

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • Selected for the October 2008 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Simon | 2/15/2014

    " Superb, if your'e into espionage, and if you are, you probably already know that no one does it better than Le Carre, except maybe Graham Greene when he aimed his pen in that direction. This book is a great yarn about the spooks in the newest incarnation of espionage, the "war on terror." The quotation marks were intended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 2/12/2014

    " This book is so clever and interesting. A great example of Le Carre's style. I could barely put it down, its totally captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith Parker | 2/9/2014

    " Le Carre always writes beautifully but I just didn't care enough about these characters to be able to finish the last third. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanrong | 1/27/2014

    " I'm not even a great fan of Le Carre, but decided to bring this along on an overseas trip since it was lying around at home. I like the fact that Le Carre spends a lot of time on characterisation, but otherwise, I'm just personally not very interested in spy operations - Cold War, terrorism or whatever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 1/23/2014

    " Pretty good overall. I liked the idea of focusing on intelligence informants. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 1/13/2014

    " Let's face it, LeCarre is a master. He has spawned a generation of writers who would like very much to do what he does. He knows how to create a scene, a dialogue, a character, a story. He did it all here again, in very fine form. A European banker, a young activist, an emigrant, all likeable, all believeable. But somehow I wasn't as involved as I often am. I think it might have something to do with the motivation of the characters. Never thought I was so picky, but when it comes to life and death spy stories, my motivation has to ring absolutely true. Makes me want to go back to the ones I always thought were fantastic and see what made me believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Barbarito | 1/11/2014

    " Listened to it. Roger Rees was the reader. Probably the best recording I have listened to. His voices and accents added much to the book. The ending was chilling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/31/2013

    " Very character driven and not as action packed as I was expecting... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Naomi | 11/12/2013

    " I thought I would try one of le Carre book's since I haven't read one in a long time. But I still don't care for his stories "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aramis | 10/29/2013

    " Solid spy thriller with a nice mix of mysterious characters from Chechens and Russians to a number of agents with the usual inter-agencies' rivalries. In the end though, the real villains turn out to be much more familiar. Good writing and pacing; lousy politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 10/2/2013

    " While this novel may be le Carr "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 8/19/2013

    " Really tense, well crafted novel about a shocking but sadly real part of the 'war on terrorism' - really makes you think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Itzehoe | 11/9/2012

    " I really like the fact, that some of it played in Hamburg "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaye Evans | 10/15/2012

    " This book started well, I had hopes of a gripping drama, unfortunately it then became bogged down in inter-agency politics which were tedious in the extreme. By the end I disliked all of the characters and would have happily seen them blown up by the very target they were trying to turn! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken McDouall | 4/26/2012

    " Le Carre is the best at what he does--thoughtful and morally complex tales of espionage, corruption, and political failure. This one doesn't match up to his best, but it's still pretty darn good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 12/26/2011

    " One of le Carre's better recent books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/15/2011

    " A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre (2008) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 9/27/2011

    " Glad to see it end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 5/14/2011

    " Was it just me? Maybe I wasn't in the right mood or frame of mind, but I just never got into it. I really didn't care about the characters or the outcome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 3/23/2011

    " A most chilling account of secret renditions and the war on terror. Le Carre is only on spot. Great writing, great reading. I'm a fan, obviously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobkelley1 | 1/1/2011

    " The master does it once again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/15/2010

    " La Carre is my favorite 'spy thriller' author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carlos Alonso-Niemeyer | 4/7/2010

    " Very good. This story is very well conceived and the characters are striking. Once again LeCarre is spectacular. "

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About the Author

John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, is an English author of espionage novels. After attending the universities at Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, his third book, secured him a worldwide reputation as one of the greatest spy novelists in history. In 2011 his novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was made into a feature film starring Gary Oldman. Le Carré has more than twenty titles to his name and lives in Cornwall, Great Britain.