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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,498 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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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