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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,375 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Le Carre Narrator: John le Carre Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN:
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By chance and not by choice, Ted Mundy, eternal striver, failed writer, and expatriate son of a British Army officer, used to be a spy. But that was in the good old Cold War days when a cinder-block wall divided Berlin and the enemy was easy to recognize.

Today, Mundy is a down-at-heel tour guide in southern Germany, dodging creditors, supporting a new family, and keeping an eye out for trouble while in spare moments vigorously questioning the actions of the country he once bravely served.

And trouble finds him, as it has before, in the shape of his old German student friend, radical, and one-time fellow spy, the crippled Sasha, seeker after absolutes, dreamer, and chaos addict.

After years of trawling the Middle East and Asia as an itinerant university lecturer, Sasha has yet again discovered the true, the only, answer to life, this time in the form of a mysterious billionaire philanthropist named Dimitri. Thanks to Dimitri, both Mundy and Sasha will find a path out of poverty, and with it their chance to change a world that both believe is going to the devil. Or will they?

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brent | 2/17/2014

    " It wasn't a bad story, and I did like the style of writing. I guess I just wasn't feeling it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky | 2/13/2014

    " I did not especially like the premise of this book. Betrayal is not my idea of an exciting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/29/2014

    " A superb little spy story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Christianson | 1/21/2014

    " Unusual premise, with a number of 'twists.' Not my favorite read . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen Thiel | 1/19/2014

    " one of his books I actually enjoyed. great, fun spy novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Burley | 4/28/2013

    " LaCarre, it it can be done, drags too many details into a story and too many plot lines. This book was hard to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurabergerol | 1/18/2013

    " I adore the way that LeCarre writes and think I might have read every book he has written. This is a favorite, though Constant Gardener remains my absolute favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E.r.johnhotmail.co.uk | 12/25/2012

    " Decent spy novel. Appealing yet somewhat annoying main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ethan | 11/22/2012

    " Nice digs on "the war on terror." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill PETTIT | 8/8/2012

    " Nice deversion from the existential Russian lit I've been reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon Choi | 12/19/2010

    " The prose is an obvious attempt at edgy British understatement; but the plot is so dull and the characters so uncompelling that Le Carre's style just sinks into three hundred pages of mushy, plodding boredom. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Juliana | 7/22/2010

    " i had nothing else to read, and my computer was barely alive. (actually, it's still almost dead.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/6/2009

    " I remember when this came out it took some hits from the critics for being too political and blatantly anti-American. It is both but the writing is classic le Carre, until the end where it takes a very dark, pessimistic turn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 5/30/2009

    " Didn't pass Brian's 50-page test. Not a very good testament to a "thirller." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadya Bech-conger | 2/25/2009

    " I didn't like "Mission Song", so this was a bit of a redemption for my old stand-by. Just as good as his old stuff, only newer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacqueline | 11/11/2008

    " Not my favorite of his books. Watching souls self destruct is never exactly fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paddy | 1/24/2008

    " Got bogged down in the middle w/ all the reprise of 1960s-70s radicalism, yet given current unrest worldwide, it's a good reminder of how nonviolence lost out to violence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Walters | 6/8/2005

    " Frustrating... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianna Kaiser | 11/30/2004

    " this is the best book i have read in a long time. a great story of friendship, loyalty, and duplicity across three decades of wars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry Linguist | 10/28/2004

    " I think le Carre' writes the spy game better than anyone. Yet I found the story line on this one to wander around a bit. At one point, it seemed like a bunch of short stories woven around the same characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Hinsley | 8/14/2004

    " One of his better ones in some time. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 7/4/2004

    " Always difficult to read, but read them I must. "

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