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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,979 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Le Carre Narrator: James Fox, Harriet Walter, Julian Rhind-Tutt Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the bestselling novel by John le Carré, starring James Fox, Harriet Walter and Julian Rhind-Tutt. Magnus Pym, Counsellor at the British Embassy, is hosting a dinner party at his home in Vienna when he receives an unexpected telephone call that will profoundly affect his life. Once the guests have gone, Pym breaks the news to his wife, Mary: his father, Rick, is dead. In a state of shock, he says something Mary cannot understand - 'After all these years, I'm free.'

Magnus flies back to England to attend the funeral - and doesn't return. As Mary and MI6 spymaster Jack Brotherhood desperately try to find out his whereabouts, it soon becomes clear that Pym has been keeping secrets from both his family and his employers, the British Intelligence Service. Hiding out in a remote cottage in Devon, where he goes by the name of Mr Canterbury, Magnus begins to write his memoirs - retracing his rise and fall and revealing how Rick led him step by step into a double life of deception, broken promises and betrayal... Adapted from the John le Carré novel by Rene Basilico.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Gomstyn | 2/16/2014

    " As was my experience with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the beginning of this book was a little tough to get through, because Le Carre's prose can be pretty dense. But once I got past the first 40 pages or so, I couldn't put this down. The story moves backward and forward in time, jumping between the telling of Magnus Pym's life (as he retells in in a manuscript for his son) and scenes of the people who are trying to find him in present-day. It's not your conventional thriller, but it's very suspenseful. And the characters, even the minor ones, are so interesting and rich with detail. "

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

    " Witty, and beautifully written. I did not find it hugely entertaining, but there was plenty of food for thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/14/2014

    " Slow to get into the book and requires some effort. The pay off is worth the effort though with a deep leisurly examination of why someone would betray their country and the suspense really builds towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 2/10/2014

    " The book ran long, but the life and inner workings of vanished British spy Magnus Pym kept me involved to the end. Early in the story the reader discovers what the protagonist must resolve for himself, but his story of why he has done what he has and his search for resolution made the tale of schoolboy grown to spy a captivating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sujeetha | 2/9/2014

    " OK! Where do I begin to write about this superbly crafted novel. They do not write spy stories like this anymore, which is a shame. Le Carre has a done a good job crafting the characters with minute precision, but that is not even the highlight of the story. The pinnacle is his non-linear storytelling structure, oft-times mixing the past with present. It is an intricate plot and I wish any film-maker who wants to make the film does it ample justice. You cannot help but fall in love with the protagonist, with his quaint name. Some of the plot details are sketchy but in the vein that this is a complex weaving of characters, a little novel liberty taken by the author is expected. All in all, a completely thrilling read, and I am left wondering why I did not read this book far earlier than now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bishop | 2/1/2014

    " I was kind of surprised to find this book on Francine Prose's list of 100 books to be read immediately. So I read it. Underwhelming. Worth a read, but one of the 100 best? Puh-lease. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/28/2014

    " My favorite of John le Carre. I liked even better than Tinker, Tailor. Very complex, but not impossible to follow. I read with great deliberateness, trying to see if I could solve "the puzzle" that was being laid out; and yet, the ending took me totally by surprise. What a delightful treat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/27/2014

    " Somewhere there's a joke about the fact that I read this while the guinea pig secret agent film "G Force" was playing on the deck of the cruise ship, but I can't find it right now. That said, a fascinating read - showing a spy from the angles of his family, his handlers, his contacts, and his friends breaks open the genre in a really interesting way. And the ending is both note-perfect and a corker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/20/2014

    " Very confusing in the beginning. One has to persist through the introduction of many characters and then the tale unfolds with all the tangled tortured souls that inhabit le Carre's Cold War world. After all the intrigue and the brilliant development of the father character, the end disappoints. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 1/20/2014

    " A strange hybrid. The sections of the book concerning Pym's disappearance and the effect it has on his family and colleagues are good solid stuff. Unfortunately too much of the book is taken up with Pym's terribly over-written autobiography, that just goes on and on and on and on and on and on. Excruciating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Clinton | 1/10/2014

    " One of the best books about human tragedy you will ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 9/9/2013

    " Excellent! In a month where I have literally had maybe 15 minutes a day to read, I still couldn't put this down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carter | 8/17/2013

    " stayed up til 3am to finish this and was really surprised by the ending. a wonderful book. not very many popular authors write as clearly as LeCarre and have a good sense of plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Hutson | 1/5/2013

    " It may be his best book, as good as spy who came in from the cold but very different, in some ways not a spy novel at all but more about human relationships and friendship. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 8/24/2012

    " Read to 100 page mark and realized that though this book has beautiful prose and descriptive language, it wasn't going to meet my need for an engaging spy novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Sheldon | 1/8/2012

    " One of the best books I've read in a while. Also, one of the few that have actually surprised me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rick | 10/6/2011

    " I could not have cared less about what happened to any of the characters in this book. Maybe some of his other novels are a bit more compelling, but this one works wonders on insomnia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daryoung | 8/20/2011

    " I actually listened to a BBC dramatized version. Perhaps the actual book would have been better. It was simply a story and not all that intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hubert | 6/1/2011

    " Though it takes Le Carre a while to set the scene and characters, by page 70 it gets going. Love the quick banter which reveals the complex / complicated relationships between the characters. "

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