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3.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 5 3.09 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John le Carré Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781101436899
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For nearly half a century, John le Carré’s limitless imagination has enthralled millions of readers and moviegoers around the globe. From the Cold War to the bitter fruits of colonialism to unrest in the Middle East, he has reinvented the spy novel again and again. Now, le Carré makes his Viking debut with a stunning tour-de-force that only a craftsman of his caliber could pen. As menacing and flawlessly paced as The Little Drummer Girl and as morally complex as The Constant Gardener, Our Kind of Traitor is signature le Carré.

Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his vory (Russian criminal brotherhood) compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple finds themselves pawns in a deadly endgame whose outcome will be determined by the victor of the British Secret Service’s ruthless internecine battles.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man’s land…Our Kind of Traitor brims with deftly drawn characters navigating a treacherously uncertain landscape that seems ripped from yesterday’s papers and recreated with an absolutely certain hand.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Part vintage John le Carré and part Alfred Hitchcock…The suspense in Our Kind of Traitor is genuine and nerve-racking.”

    New York Times

  • One of our great writers of moral ambiguity, a tireless explorer of that darkly contradictory no-man’s land…Our Kind of Traitor brims with deftly drawn characters navigating a treacherously uncertain landscape that seems ripped from yesterday’s papers and re-created with an absolutely certain hand. Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
  • Part vintage John le Carré and part Alfred Hitchcock…the suspense in Our Kind of Traitor is genuine and nerve-racking. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
  • I would suggest immortality for John le Carré, who I believe one of the most intelligent and entertaining writers working today. The Chicago Tribune.
  • “John Le Carré did not invent the spy thriller, but there is no doubt that over the past half century, he has perfected it in ways that his predecessors can only imagine. With this new release, the 79-year-old master spins another gripping tale about international skulduggery.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Le Carré ratchets up the tension step-by-step until the sad, inevitable end. His most accessible work in years, this novel shows once again why his name is the one to which all others in the field are compared.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 2/12/2014

    " Entertaining. Late le Carre is like late Woody Allen. He puts young people in the story, but he doesn't understand young people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 2/5/2014

    " I really like LeCarre, but I would appreciate a happy ending once in awhile..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 1/25/2014

    " Le Carre creates great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/21/2014

    " Still as sharp as ever, but I found myself meandering through the midsection of this novel. As a huge fan of le Carre's writing, I still found it enjoyable and timely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/14/2014

    " Classic le Carre, politically savvy and downcast with engaging characters and not much for women to do. Even thought I saw the twist at the end coming, I was still shocked by the final page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 12/19/2013

    " Vulture capitalists. The villians of the 21st century, although really they've been around forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this but I did not think it was his absolute best. It was also unremittedly pessimistic, which probably took the edge off the enjoyment, hence three stars (it deserves three and a half) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Sullivan | 11/7/2013

    " John Le Carre has really adapted to a changing world. Always great with the cold war; just as good with modern stuff. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Helen Mccarthy | 10/23/2013

    " I didn't like this book at all and did not finish it. Le Carre sets it up as a series of interviews between MI-5 types and a couple who got mixed up with Russian international money launderers. The set up meant that any action was muted, and all the relationships contrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 9/26/2013

    " Listened to the audiobook-- the narrator was great. The book itself is solid LeCarre. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/6/2013

    " This is not really a thriller. It's more of a book about manners and class. And is far too easy to put down. And has needlessly confusing passages. That said, I do feel like continuing. The characters are interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Okie | 10/19/2012

    " I really didn't like the ending. It felt forced and completely unnatural. Given the author's stellar record to this point, I really blame the publishers. It felt like they arbitrarily picked an ending point because they felt the book was too long. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Simons | 7/8/2012

    " Not bad, but not great. I had never read one of his books before, so I was looking forward to it. It is very English. Some of the intrigue within the Foreign Service office is a little played out, and in the end it's a bit like a 306-page shaggy dog story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 4/24/2012

    " Back on great form - but I was disappointed with then ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andres | 3/30/2012

    " Ok spy book. As with most le Carre books I've read I find them a little slow and they tend to end poorly. But for reading on a plane or holiday they're well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Bridge | 2/25/2012

    " How does Le Carre do it? His latest as thrilling as his earliest. None quite match the psychological studies of A Perfect Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy. But this is as much a page-turner as any thriller, even though so little happens! Brilliant writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 2/14/2012

    " Kept waiting for a conclusion that never arrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 1/3/2012

    " Wonderful, vintage spy novel. Le Carre at his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Rosinski | 8/18/2011

    " Good reader, Russian names a little difficult, but good. But then I'm a LeCarre fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert Intriago | 8/8/2011

    " Once upon a time his books were good. Now they are slow. He seems to be searching for a new formula in this world without Russian spies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Gruver | 5/28/2011

    " This writer has a great following and reputation. But as I read about the stories recap I just have a hard time recalling all the details or the excitement that I get with other books. So your call on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/14/2011

    " Delicious. Sparse of word / expansive in description. Just enough for our imaginations to fill in the blanks. This is Le Carre as he is currently; simple meeting, throw in the innocents, spice 'em up with some training, shake things up "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 12/27/2010

    " I gave up on this half-way through. Compelling characterizations, but I found the plot tedious. The implicit critique of the fascination with spy culture (Perry and Gail get mixed up in a Russian mob sting) seems mean-spirited. "

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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

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, came to the United States in 1991. His credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.