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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,439 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John le Carré Narrator: Michael Jayston Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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You want to catch the lion, first you tether the goat.

On holiday in Mykonos, Charlie wants only sunny days and a brief escape from England’s bourgeois dreariness. Then a handsome stranger lures the aspiring actress away from her pals—but his intentions are far from romantic. Joseph is an Israeli intelligence officer, and Charlie has been wooed to flush out the leader of a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for a string of deadly bombings. Still uncertain of her own allegiances, she debuts in the role of a lifetime as a double agent in the “theatre of the real.”

Haunting and deeply atmospheric, John le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl is a virtuoso performance and a powerful examination of morality and justice.

With an Introduction by the Author

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Quotes & Awards

  • A work of enormous power and artistry; no mere ‘entertainment’…but fiction on a grand scale. The Washington Post “An irresistible book…Charlie is the ultimate double agent.
  • A 1984 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate | 2/8/2014

    " Gosh I read this so long ago I really can not remember what I actually thought... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynne | 2/5/2014

    " This is not one of my preferred genres (spy thrillers) but it held my interest on road trips. This is the Israel/Palestine conflict with the points of view of both sides honored...with the horror of war/revenge/death mixed in. Will it ever end? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thomas Boyle | 2/4/2014

    " Great take on the Israeli Palestinian conflict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 2/2/2014

    " Where does reality become fiction? Where does fiction become reality? Can they exist together? The spy novel genre is not usually one that I choose to read. I was impressed, though, with Le Carre's wealth of knowledge with the inside workings of the world of espionage. How does he know so much and in such detail? On the one hand, I applaud the story's intricacies, the slow reveal of each and every plot detail. At times, I had a hard time hanging on to the intended growing suspense. I felt like I was being lead through a complex maze of reality and quasi- reality sequences with the intent of putting me through what the character, Charlie was going through as she melded her persona into someone entirely uniquely scripted, that of a spy. The book's slow pace with so few clues to boost my energy, made the reading psychologically frustrating. Get to the point already! I had difficulty keeping track of the character's multiple names, too. Le Carre's strength in this novel lies, I think, in his in-depth characterization of Charlie. He was able to brilliantly capture much of her emotional angst during her transformation into the undercover world. "

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