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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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