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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,648 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John le Carré Narrator: Michael Jaysto Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The George Smiley Series Release Date:
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As the fall of Saigon looms, master spy George Smiley must outmaneuver his Soviet counterpart on a battlefield that neither can afford to lose.

The mole has been eliminated, but the damage wrought has brought the British Secret Service to its knees. Given charge of the gravely compromised Circus, George Smiley embarks on a campaign to uncover what Moscow Centre most wants to hide. When the trail goes cold at a Hong Kong gold seam, Smiley dispatches Gerald Westerby to shake the money tree. A part-time operative with cover as a philandering journalist, Westerby insinuates himself into a war-torn world where allegiances—and lives—are bought and sold.

Brilliantly plotted and morally complex, The Honorable Schoolboy is the second installment of John le Carré’s renowned Karla trilogy and a riveting portrayal of post-colonial espionage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not a page of this book is without intelligence and grace.”

    New York Times

  • “Energy, compassion, rich and overwhelming sweep of character and action…one of the finest English novels of the seventies.”

    Times (London)

  • “His command of detail is staggering, his straightforward, unaffected prose is superb…Wonderful.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Le Carré has once again elevated the possibilities of the spy novel.”


  • “All the good things are there: the Balkan complexities of plot; the Dickensian profusion of idiosyncratic characters; and above all, le Carré’s glistening social observation.”


  • “Narrator Michael Jayston deftly handles the cast of Secret Service administrators, and in his characterization of their boss, George Smiley, we hear their powerful, yet benevolent, all-knowing father figure.”


  • “If le Carré is the Henry James of spy novelists, firing more nuances than bullets, this is his Golden Bowl—dense, hard, and gleaming on the outside, dark within, and worth possessing whatever the price.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1977
  • Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award in 1977
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew Thompson | 2/17/2014

    " Another absorbing tale of espionage and the men who perform it. I like Le Carre's George Smiley books. The harsh, furtive world the characters inhabit is well portrayed: it's not one I would like, where the facade of good cheer and civility can crumble into violence and betrayal at any moment. Le Carre did work for one of the intelligence services but his career was ended by Kim Philby's betrayal. I guess one of the things I like about these books is that the morally ambiguous world of the Circus and Karla seems so plausible, though one does have to wonder if MI6 really does have a staff of so few people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alan | 2/14/2014

    " A masterpiece . I particularly love the descriptions of people such as ' she walked through leaving a vapour trail of gin'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michele | 2/11/2014

    " A slow-burn of a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jude Brigley | 2/6/2014

    " Having a bit of a Le Carre fest. I quite enjoyed it. the time period is interesting and it kept my interest up to the last section where I thought the plot was a bit too creaking. "

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