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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,097 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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