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4.58 out of 54.58 out of 54.58 out of 54.58 out of 54.58 out of 5 4.58 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John le Carré Narrator: Michael Jayston Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The George Smiley Series Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781101573068
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Tell Max that it concerns the Sandman …

A very junior agent answers Vladimir’s call, but it could have been the Chief of The Circus himself. No one at the British Secret Service considers the old spy to be anything except a senile has-been who can’t give up the game, until he’s shot in the face at point-blank range. Although George Smiley (code-name: Max) is officially retired, he’s summoned to identify the body now bearing Moscow Centre’s bloody imprimatur. As he works to unearth his friend’s fatal secrets, Smiley heads inexorably toward one final reckoning with Karla, his “dark grail.”

In Smiley’s People, master storyteller John le Carré brings his acclaimed Karla trilogy to its unforgettable, spellbinding conclusion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A splendid spy story…full of exciting pleasures.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • A delight to read, intricate, exciting, absorbing. Chicago Tribune
  • An enormously skilled and satisfying work. Newsweek
  • An achievement of subtlety and power of which few novelists would be capable. Financial Times
  • “Abounds in breath-stopping scenes.”

    Newsday

  • “Masterly…ranks among the finest of our time.”

    Washington Star

  • “Bristles with tension and suspense.”

    Saturday Review

  • “I don’t see how he could top this one.”

    Cosmopolitan

  • “The ultimate espionage novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As always, the narrative is grand, the dialogue is even better, and best of all is the warm, sadly ironic intelligence that colors even the tiniest of encounters.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

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

    " George Smiley is called out of retirement, again, to save the Circus from its own ineptitude, this time brought on by overweight bureaucracy. Two seemingly random events coalesce into the greatest manhunt in British Intelligence during the Cold War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cari | 2/7/2014

    " A masterful story of suspense and political intrigue. Smiley is a memorable and strangely heart-wrenching character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juniar | 1/30/2014

    " Revenge is sweet. This is sweeter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2014

    " I stayed up until early this morning finishing the third and final book in the Karla Trilogy, and now I really deeply miss reading about George Smiley and his issues. I know there's at least one more Smiley book after this one - not to mention all the Smiley books that are set before the Karla Trilogy - but it almost seems like not enough. This book was brilliant, thrilling, and a great conclusion to a legendary battle of the spies. Too bad there wasn't more Guillam, but this was Smiley's mission, after all. Can't wait to see the movie adaptation of this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ash | 1/5/2014

    " Very cool end to the series .. Not as disjointed it compared to "The Honourable Schoolboy" .. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gil Steiner | 12/26/2013

    " A classic. Doesn't have the fast pace of today's books but instead has depth, characters and feels like it's a real story. This is the sequel to 'Tailor, Tinker, Soldier, Spy' and I recommend to read that one first (or rent the movie which is as good). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/26/2013

    " The George Smiley series is among my favorite books of all time. The UK TV production is stellar as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 12/21/2013

    " Best of the Karla trilogy books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/15/2013

    " Outstanding, in every way. Moscow Rules, Vladi old friend. Moscow rules. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalilah | 12/2/2013

    " For my money Le Carre is by far the master of the spy story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany Pitts | 11/4/2013

    " Sweet Merciful Crap this book is confusing. And I LOVE it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 peaseblossom | 10/25/2013

    " This is a much better sequel to Tinker Tailor than The Honorable Schoolboy. The focus is back on Smiley and the ethics of espionage, and it's good. Not as good as the first book, but still very solid and worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Mullarky | 10/1/2013

    " I would like to give this ten stars please! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Boyle | 9/3/2013

    " Another masterpiece about betrayal and loyalty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/24/2013

    " A book about thinking and character as opposed to "I except you to die Mr Bond". Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances Sawaya | 7/29/2013

    " Quite satisfying conclusion to the search for Karla. Again, a tribute to civil servants who work without glory and flash. Quite cerebral spy novel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 6/29/2013

    " I almost felt like I would miss Smiley at the end of this one. A great examination of the morality of spying and the Cold War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gxh281 | 5/22/2013

    " No one can develop a character like Lecarre and George Smiley is suffering and persistent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micah | 4/27/2013

    " Interesting but anticlimactic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 2/12/2013

    " Bloody brilliant, Smiley wall-to-wall and all the better for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Akaki Gvakharia | 1/29/2013

    " Tinker, tailor... is better. But this is good too "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan Paddy | 10/15/2012

    " Tightly written, a fair amount of realistic spy craft, complex plotting, lots of moral doubt and a healthy dose of a fat blokes late-middle aged existential angst. That's probably not selling it to you but it's great, honest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Fletcher | 9/1/2012

    " Fantastic narrative but the writing is just so excellent there are a number of paragraphs that I just have to re read again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 8/10/2012

    " George Smiley... what more do you need to know. Another superb tale by the master story teller "

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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
Michael Jayston is a highly regarded British actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. His many television credits include The Royal, Doctors, Emmerdale, Murder in Suburbia, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet, as well as Private Lives and The Rivals.