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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: March 2013 ISBN: 9781101575765
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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 Lacking active agents but possessed of an outdated mandate to proceed, the Department has to find an old hand to prove its mettle.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

  • “The action…is tense and doomed in a gratifying manner.”

    New York Times

  • A bitter, bleak, superlatively written novel. Publishers Weekly
  • A book of rare and great power. Financial TimesPraise for The Looking Glass War
  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becca | 1/1/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Sussek | 12/14/2013

    " good story but not his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malette Poole | 11/27/2013

    " The first LeCarre I read, it introduced me to spy novels. I was intrigued and continued to read anything he wrote. It gets better and better. The emotions evoked in the second half of the book are excruciating. Well written, and an early look at George Smiley. Worth a look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 10/28/2013

    " This one doesn't get the best reviews and it may have lost some of its bite in today's climate but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 10/20/2013

    " Not enough Smiley, enough said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 steve | 8/11/2013

    " 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 Joseph | 7/13/2013

    " 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 Phillip Frey | 6/16/2013

    " What a writer. This story has to do with a military intellingence officer sent on a perilous mission. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/23/2013

    " This book is ok if you like cold war era spy drama. Makes you think about the nature of espionage, what is and is not known and who reacts to it and how, and what to do when something is not what it seems or goes wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonah | 3/9/2013

    " an all time classic spy novel...fun stuff...i dont care for Le Carre's politics or cynical worldview, but he spins a good yarn... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caro | 2/11/2013

    " Note to self: don't try to read Le Carre right before falling asleep. Still, Leiser and LeClerc, both losers in different ways, are beautifully realized characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 2/11/2013

    " Cynical look at a slice of cold war action. The story is full of deceit, egos and the search for something meaningful by the post-second world war characters. Cleverly written and feels all too real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/25/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/8/2013

    " mine's actually the paperback but it has this cover. amazing book so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Larkin | 1/5/2013

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

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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 actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. He has many television credits to his name as well, such as Element of Doubt, A Bit of a Do, Outside Edge, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet for the RSC, as well as Private Lives and The Way of the World. His audiobook work has won him six AudioFile Earphones Awards.