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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Le Carre Narrator: Simon Russell, Piotr Baumann, Ian McDiarmid, Philip Jackson Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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A BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carré's fourth novel, starring Simon Russell Beale as Smiley and Piotr Baumann as Fred Leiser.

When word reaches 'The Department' - an ailing section of British intelligence - that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border, it seems the perfect opportunity to show Control and Smiley, their rivals over at the Circus, that The Department still has value.

Former spy Fred Leiser is lured back from retirement to investigate, and manages to cross the border into East Germany in a dangerous night-time operation. But the world has changed since The Department's glory days during the Second World War. The harsh realities of the Cold War now prevail, and there is no place for heroes....

With a distinguished cast including Ian McDiarmid and Philip Jackson, this compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carré's chilling novel of deception and betrayal. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 steve | 12/19/2013

    " I didn't like this one as much as The Spy Who..., It was mad depressing, yo. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 12/17/2013

    " Not enough Smiley, enough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 12/2/2013

    " My what a joy good writing is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 11/4/2013

    " A side-lined military arm of British intelligence learns of a possible new Russian base behind the Iron Curtain. They decide to send in a Pole, now living in England, who worked as a spy during World War II to investigate. Smiley is only peripherally involved, lending what support he is allowed to by Control, and then cleaning up the mess. Another sad le Carre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 10/3/2013

    " A reread. Don't remember it at all though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rakesh | 8/12/2013

    " Another nice book by le Carre with a really poignant ending...he proves once again that he is a master writer of spy and espionage stories...this book is another landmark and really amazing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanullah | 12/17/2012

    " This is a short novel, more economical in style than the more famous "The spy who came in from the cold". Yet it has more impact because there is no glossing over, no self-conscious agonising - just situations, choices and images. No italicising either. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 L. | 7/17/2012

    " Blech. Only because the book was so short was I able to force myself to finish it. This was my first le Carre and may very well be my only le Carre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Alker | 1/6/2012

    " Surprisongly slow at first and then surprisingly intersting for a book in which little happens "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 6/14/2011

    " I generally like le Carre, but this one was pretty confusing and didn't have much of an ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Larkin | 4/27/2011

    " Convoluted but still interesting Cold War spy story. Very little Smilely in this one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 3/19/2011

    " Just as he achieved with 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold', The Looking Glass War is a espionage novel of the very highest calibre. Gripping from start to finish, this story of an operation into East Germany captures both the significance and banality of Cold War intelligence work. A masterpiece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 7/3/2010

    " Tale of the Cold War and inter-agency rivalry. Started great but the middle bogged down a bit. Always a treat to listen to Frank Muller narrate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 12/26/2009

    " Fun fantasy, and much better than I expected. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becca | 10/21/2009

    " I enjoyed "The Constant Gardener," by the same author, but this one was really slow and in the end, not very satisfying. "

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