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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John le Carré Narrator: John le Carré Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A lawyer from the London finance house of Single & Single is shot dead on a Turkish hillside by people with whom he thought he was in business. A children’s magician is asked by his bank to explain the unsolicited arrival of more than five million pounds sterling in his young daughter’s modest trust. A freighter bound for Liverpool is boarded by Russian coast guards in the Black Sea. The celebrated London merchant venturer “Tiger” Single disappears into thin air.

In Single & Single the writer who both epitomizes and transcends the novel of espionage opens with a haunting set piece, then establishes a sequence of events whose connections are mysterious, complex, and compelling. This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. Le Carré’s finest novel in years, it is also an intimate portrait of two families: one Russian, the other English; one trading illicit goods, the other laundering the profits; one betrayed by a son-in-law, the other betrayed, and redeemed, by a son.

This is territory le Carré knows better than anyone. Masterful and prescient, he is writing at the top of his creative powers, and Oliver Single, the central protagonist, is one of his most fascinating characters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Le Carré is more than just a great storyteller. in Single and Single, he captures the zeitgeist itself.”

    Tom Wolfe

  • “Any reader who feared that the end of the Cold War would deprive Mr. le Carré of his subject can now feel a measure of relief. If anything, his subject of East-West misunderstanding has grown richer, and he now possesses vast new territories to mine.”     

    New York Times

  • “Le Carré reveals a world at once deeply disquieting and oddly reassuring.”


  • “Le Carré reads his new thriller with the voice of a master of the genre, gamely throwing himself into long passages of the dialogue-driven plot.”

    Publishers Weekly, audio review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karl W. | 1/11/2014

    " Really interesting and compelling for the first 75%, but the final chapters take too much of a turn toward coincidence and implausiblity to keep the story going. Overall, a good read, but not top-drawer Le Carre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine | 12/26/2013

    " This is what an action novel should be-entertaining, somewhat informative, and a little campy when appropriate. There are even some insightful passages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Breck | 12/14/2013

    " Not Le Carre's best work, but certainly worth a read. His shift from Cold War tension to post-arms race economic escalation is not quite seamless, but it's darn close. In many ways, the author's style works better in this kind of environment, where threats of actual violence are rare, and the overwhelming paranoia stems not from physical fear, but a sense of unconscious but irredeemable lapses of ethics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Trudi | 9/22/2013

    " Not up to Le Carre's usual standard. The relationship between two families - one Russian, the other English - and how they do business together. "

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