Smileys People: A George Smiley Novel Audiobook, by John le Carré Play Audiobook Sample

Smiley's People: A George Smiley Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Michael Jayston Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 9.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The George Smiley Series Release Date: December 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781101573068

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

29

Longest Chapter Length:

55:25 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

09 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

29:47 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

32

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Publisher Description

Featuring George Smiley, this New York Times bestseller is the third and final installment in the Karla Trilogy, from the author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

 

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 and New York Times bestselling author of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Our Kind of Traitor John le Carré brings his acclaimed Karla Trilogy, to its unforgettable, spellbinding conclusion.

With an introduction by the author.

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"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."

— Sarah (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

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

    — Chicago Tribune
  • “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

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller

Smiley's People Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 4.58333333333333 out of 54.58333333333333 out of 54.58333333333333 out of 54.58333333333333 out of 54.58333333333333 out of 5 (4.58)
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Narration: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
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Story: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Marie Claire Zanatta, 11/18/2021
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Jim, 2/10/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Cari, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Revenge is sweet. This is sweeter. "

    — Juniar, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Ash, 1/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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). "

    — Gil, 12/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Michael, 12/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Best of the Karla trilogy books. "

    — Pamela, 12/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Jill, 12/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Kalilah, 12/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Tiffany, 11/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — peaseblossom, 10/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Anna, 10/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Another masterpiece about betrayal and loyalty. "

    — Thomas, 9/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Chris, 8/24/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Frances, 7/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Eric, 6/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Gxh281, 5/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting but anticlimactic. "

    — Micah, 4/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Peter, 2/12/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Akaki, 1/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Brendan, 10/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Peter, 9/1/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Lois, 8/10/2012

About John le Carré

John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (1931–2020), was an English author of espionage novels. Eight of his novels made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list between 1983 and 2017. 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. Numerous major motion pictures have been made from his novels, as well as several television series. After attending the universities at Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service, serving briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. Being a member of MI6 when he wrote his first novel, Call for the Dead in 1961 in Hamburg, it necessitated the use of a nom de plume, by which he continued to be known. His writing earned him several honorary doctorate degrees and the Somerset Maugham Award, the Goethe Medal, and the Olof Palme Prize.

About Michael Jayston

Michael Jayston is a highly regarded actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. He has many television credits to his name as well, such as Element of Doubt, A Bit of a Do, Outside Edge, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet for the RSC, as well as Private Lives and The Way of the World. His audiobook work has won him six AudioFile Earphones Awards.