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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (27 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: May 2012 ISBN: 9781101575703
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/2/2014

    " Seems like the forerunner to Daniel Silva's books, but a little slower. Le Carre' was one of the first and best with the espionage spy thrillers, I think this is the first one of his I have read, after hearing what a classic it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip | 1/28/2014

    " Picked this up at a used bookstore for the cool cover (not pictured), found out later it was a well known title. Its an ambitious book covering a lot of ground, cheesy at times, but very interesting for the Isreali/Palestinian points of view and locations. I would probably tell most to skip it as I felt let down by the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raj | 1/23/2014

    " Not Le Carre's best work, IMO. The Quest for Carla trilogy was more intriguing and the characters more real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/15/2014

    " Another spy saga I read in high. I remember being intrigued by the female main character - so unusual in the genre. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick DiJusto | 1/14/2014

    " I hated, hated, hated, hated, hated this book. Maybe it's me. But the book went nowhere. The characters were unlikeable (even for a LeCarre novel -- his characters are usually unlikeable, but these really peg the meter). Did I mention I hated this book? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly Baird | 1/10/2014

    " I had not read any of John Le Carre's novels before. I am fascinated with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and this was an interesting take on it. However, it dragged on and on and on. There were huge sections I could have skipped without missing anything important. Good, but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/18/2013

    " immersive writing, but a bit harder to get through "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 12/18/2013

    " I imagine I read this in the late 80's. I thought it was wonderful at the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annet | 11/12/2013

    " Remember all of the sudden I really loved this book, the story, the woman lead player, the suspense, in short, great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Souzen | 11/12/2013

    " Action packed; if you like le Carre, you'll like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva Sterner | 10/30/2013

    " An interesting book, but throughout I kept wondering "could this be done"? I liked the way LeCarre allows the reader to decide which characters to like. I know there was a squawk about anti-Semitism. I did not see it, and felt the author was even handed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 10/21/2013

    " Great character study mixed with Mosad spy thriller "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 10/19/2013

    " One of the best books I've read in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Diggs | 10/2/2013

    " This is the most poignant of the Le Carre spy novels--and the only one with a female protagonist. It is set in England and the Middle East and its political focus is the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 9/10/2013

    " Best le Carre (excepting anything with George Smiley). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lili | 8/6/2013

    " At first I found it a diffficult book to get into, about Israel and Palestine, a classic spy thriller that does become a worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kecia | 7/16/2013

    " I recall enjoying it when I read it, but I recall nothing about the plot or the characters. I'm just not that into spy stories I think. A decent, but not a memorable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 eric mallory morgan | 5/13/2013

    " it probably would have been great as an audio cassette on a roadtrip... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/31/2013

    " lilla trumslagar "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Lange | 1/6/2013

    " One of my three favorite books. Outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ajsf | 12/14/2012

    " 'not his best' is still better than most novels ever written. warning: not about drumming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcus | 8/30/2012

    " Well... compelling enough story for me, but spoiled by too many sexual references. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 8/12/2012

    " On a John LeCarre binge ... "

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About the Author

John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, is an English author of espionage novels. After attending the universities at Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. 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. In 2011 his novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was made into a feature film starring Gary Oldman. Le Carré has more than twenty titles to his name and lives in Cornwall, Great Britain.

About the Narrator
Michael Jayston is a highly regarded British actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. His many television credits include The Royal, Doctors, Emmerdale, Murder in Suburbia, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet, as well as Private Lives and The Rivals.