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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,113 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John le Carré Narrator: Michael Jayston Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The George Smiley Series Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781101575758
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John le Carré’s second novel, A Murder of Quality, offers an exquisite, satirical look at an elite private school as it chronicles the early development of George Smiley.

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. Unfortunately, it’s too late. Mrs. Rode has just been murdered. As Smiley takes up the investigation, he realizes that in life—as in espionage—nothing is quite what it appears.

John le Carré’s classic novels deftly navigate through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage with unsurpassed skill and knowledge, and they have earned him—and his hero, British secret Service Agent George Smiley—unprecedented worldwide acclaim.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vastly entertaining.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Beautifully intelligent, satiric and witty.”

    Observer (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitzi | 2/16/2014

    " This is one Le Carre novel that is a straight up mystery and not a spy novel. It has lots of twists and turns and no one seems to be who you think...very well written. But I have to admit I missed the mystic of the spy genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laird Bennion | 1/22/2014

    " On par with Call for the Dead - still a murder mystery rather than a spy novel. THis one has good twists in it (slightly better than its predecessor). Still, not Tinker Tailor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conrad Toft | 1/19/2014

    " Enjoyable but not the best Smiley book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon Cooper | 1/19/2014

    " Such acute writing with painfully accurate observations of the class system from the top down. Murder Mystery or Crime are genres that would slot Le Carre's work into too enclosed a place, his characters, themes and sense of place and cultural backdrop are way too engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Hammerslag | 1/18/2014

    " Too much murder mystery; zero espionage and intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Grace | 1/18/2014

    " just finished reading Le Carre's first two novels. Considering how many of his later novels I have read, it was a good idea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayathri Jeganmohan | 1/12/2014

    " My first Le Carre.. :) Going to read all of his... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson | 1/10/2014

    " Very good. It's well written, fairly suspenseful and an interesting commentary on British education. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 12/22/2013

    " The book was a little bit tedious. Also, the ultimate perpetrator was for me easy to guess. I really missed a "spy twist", and some exciting parts. However, you kept reading because I would to know how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 10/2/2013

    " Kind of like an Agatha Christie who-dunnit, but starring George Smiley instead of Poirot. Quite an enjoyable yarn that doesn't outstay it's welcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/18/2013

    " ahhhhh.... smiley! in a kind of dorothy sayers world. good beach reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 9/3/2013

    " One of LeCarre's earliest writings before he found his footing as the foremost cold war spy novelist. Its basically a whodunit in the manner of PD James, set in a boarding school in the English countryside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 6/9/2013

    " Another short one, but very good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie | 5/22/2013

    " Am rereading what is an utterly boring book-- indicative of how little reading material we have until our shipment arrives. Though the book is only 180 pages long, Le Carre manages to be long-winded. I would love to learn how he transformed himself into a terse and engaging writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 3/8/2013

    " This is my third the Smiley novel and, so far, my favorite. A good mystery, well told -- can't beat that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/10/2013

    " I haven't ever read any le Carre, because I don't care for spy stories. But this was a mystery instead. Pretty good - very English! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/10/2013

    " Smiley looks into a murder at a prep school. I like him as a spymaster. Not so much as a murder investigator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 12/23/2012

    " Good book, beginning to appreciate Smiley and his ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Jolly | 11/10/2012

    " A Murder of Quality by John le Carr "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Silva | 10/5/2012

    " I Think that's a good book. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Michael Jayston is a highly regarded actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. He has many television credits to his name as well, such as Element of Doubt, A Bit of a Do, Outside Edge, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet for the RSC, as well as Private Lives and The Way of the World.