Extended Audio Sample

Download The Constant Gardener Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Constant Gardener, by John le Carré Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,097 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:
Regular Price: $17.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Tessa Quayle—young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin—is gruesomely murdered in northern Kenya. When Justin sets out on a personal odyssey to uncover the mystery of her death, what he finds could make him not only a suspect but also a target for Tessa’s killers.

A master chronicler of the betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, John le Carré portrays the dark side of unbridled capitalism as only he can. In The Constant Gardener he tells a compelling, complex story of a man elevated through tragedy, as Justin Quayle—amateur gardener, aging widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat—discovers his own natural resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Amazingly seductive, pulling you in deeper all the time.”

    David Halberstam, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Le Carré’s narrative…illuminates the tangle of hypocrisy, politics, and passion roiling beneath that steadfast British restraint.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A cracking thriller.”


  • The Constant Gardener reveals a new and far more Dickensian le Carré…His novel unabashedly wears its heart on its sleeve.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Brilliant.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Richly detailed, full of righteous fire to offset its desperate prognosis, The Constant Gardener is a very impressive piece of work. It is certainly one of John le Carré’s best books.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Tough-minded, fast-moving, and uncompromising, The Constant Gardener is a tale of personal transformation…eloquent…civilized and forceful.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Le Carré has lost none of his gift for setting vivid scenes in far-flung places expertly described: London, Germany, Saskatchewan, Kenya. His sprinting thriller prose remains in great shape. And thanks to his sixteen years in the British Foreign Office, his merciless send-up of its cutthroat intrigues and petty self-delusions is unbelievably good—or rather, believably so. This is global do-gooder satire on a literary par with Doris Lessing’s The Summer before the Dark…Le Carré [has written] a smart, melancholy page-turner, and his moral outrage (the real subject of his books) burns as brightly as ever.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • The Constant Gardener ranks with The Russia House as the best he has produced since hitting his peak. If this new book is craft rather than art, it is craft of the very highest caliber. It is no mean feat to entertain while also making a reader think. Yet Le Carré pulls this off admirably, weaving together several themes—corporate power, underdevelopment, globalization—that will resonate with a wide audience.”


  • “Nobody writing today manipulates suspense better. A powerful moving novel that stands with le Carré’s best. It is, in order words, essential reading.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Le Carré has never been angrier or more satisfyingly entertaining.”

    New York Daily News

  • “The book breathes life, anger, and excitement.”

    Observer (London)

  • “There is only one character in le Carré’s latest novel who retains any belief in government as a force for good in the world, and she has been brutally murdered before the action begins…Her naïve husband, the constant gardener of the title, rises from his lethargy to follow Tessa’s trail…Readers who want a triumphant saga of right-thinking individuals bringing the corporate monolith to its knees should rent Erin Brockovich, but The Constant Gardener is not only about the triumph of the gray men who rule the world. It’s also a love story, and as we watch Justin take on his wife’s cause in spite of himself, we realize that there are parts of ourselves that the gray men will never reach.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Le Carré’s manifold skills at scene setting and creating a range of fearsomely convincing English characters, from the bluffly absurd to the irredeemably corrupt, are at their smooth peak here. Both The Tailor of Panama and Single and Single were feeling their way toward this wholehearted assault on the way the world works, by a man who knows much better than most novelists writing today how it works. Now subject and style are one, and the result is heart wrenching.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The most intimate of le Carré’s thrillers since the salad days of George Smiley…at its core the old, familiar story of a decent man driven to avenge the wife he never really knew.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “When his activist wife is found raped and murdered in a remote part of Kenya, her ineffectual husband, a career diplomat stationed in Nairobi, seeks out those responsible. Many le Carré fans found this new opus a disappointment, but we occasional visitors to his domain of espionage and sleuthing appreciate his elegant style, rich characterization, and Graham Greenish exploration of moral ambiguity. He reads as well as he writes. His sonorous voice and nuanced delivery perfectly complement his authorial personality.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carrie | 2/17/2014

    " A good book - but i think there was a bit of bad language in it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ian Robb | 2/11/2014

    " An excellent book dealing with abuses in drug testing in Africa. Tessa Quayle is trying to draw attention to abuses with a TB drug and is murdered together with her friend a doctor. Her husband, Justin who has not been involved in her crusaded takes up her mission, learns about it and is also murdered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larisa | 1/23/2014

    " As if I weren't jaded enough where the pharmaceutical industry is concerned... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by heidipj | 1/5/2014

    " I loved this book. It's brilliant. Read it. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations