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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,369 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John le Carré Narrator: Michael Jayston Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The George Smiley Series Release Date:
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John le Carré is a master of the spy novel, ably guiding readers through the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage. This unmatched talent has earned him worldwide acclaim.

Once upon a time the distinction had been clear: the Circus handled all things political while the Department dealt with matters military. But over the years, power shifted and the Circus elbowed the Department out. The Department has been moribund since the War, its resources siphoned away. Now, suddenly, the Department has a job on its hands. Evidence suggests Soviet missiles are being positioned close to the German border. Vital film is missing, and a courier is dead. Lacking active agents but possessed of an outdated mandate to proceed, the Department has to find an old hand to prove its mettle. Fred Leiser, German-speaking Pole turned Englishman—once a qualified radio operator, now involved in the motor trade—must be called back to the colors and sent east.

Darkly compelling and brutally Machiavellian, The Looking Glass War is a stunning accomplishment by one of today’s most remarkable and enduring literary writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A bitter, bleak, superlatively written novel. Publishers Weekly
  • A book of rare and great power. Financial TimesPraise for The Looking Glass War
  • “The action…is tense and doomed in a gratifying manner.”

    New York Times

  • “A book of rare and great power.”

    Financial Times (UK)

  • “A devastating and tragic record of human, not glamour, spies.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “A bitter, bleak, superlatively written novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “John le Carré dominates the espionage form as no other writer has since Eric Ambler was at his peak. In an era of overweight, undertalented bestsellers, he offers sparely written, tightly plotted novels.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by L. | 2/20/2014

    " 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. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heidi | 1/26/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan Logue | 1/11/2014

    " Another good read from le Carre that focuses more on internal politics and putting an outdated Intelligence division out to pasture. It doesn't have the same glitz as some of the other stories that focus on meaningful operations but is entertaining nonetheless. "

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