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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,352 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Le Carre Narrator: Simon Russell Beale, Patrick Malahid Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio full-cast dramatisation of John le Carré's last Smiley novel.

George Smiley is one of the most brilliantly realised characters in British fiction. Bespectacled, tubby, eternally middle-aged, and deceptively ordinary, he has a mind like a steel trap and is said to possess 'the cunning of Satan and the conscience of a virgin'.

The Berlin Wall is down, the Cold War is over, but the world's second oldest profession is very much alive. Smiley accepts an invitation to dine with the eager young men and women of the Circus' latest intake, and over coffee and brandy, by flickering firelight, he beguilingly offers them his personal thoughts on espionage past, present, and future. In doing so, he prompts one of his former Circus colleagues into a searching examination of his own eventful secret life.

Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Patrick Malahide as Ned, this engrossing dramatisation brings le Carré's masterful novel vividly to life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Khalekan | 2/9/2014

    " Excellent way for Le Carre to phase out Smiley. "

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

    " This is the last of the George Smiley novels, and Smiley is not really even its central character. Rather, he serves as a kind of narrative frame for the story, and Le Carre uses him much of the time as mouthpiece for extended thoughts on the end of the Cold War. It is much less great than the best of Le Carre's work, but it is gripping and interesting anyway--if sometimes preachy and didactic--and it has flashes of the writer in his prime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robby Johnson | 1/24/2014

    " Well, it's rather a slog because the whole book is exposition. It is a colleague of Smiley's telling the reader several stories of which he played a major or minor part in the past. None of the stories which make up this book are incredibly interesting, although there are a few moments that make you really want to turn the page. Not my favorite le Carre. "

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

    " As unlikely as it should be for my reading habits, I read this one in the George Smiley series first. It was, for me, a unique approach to the cold war and the odd coordinations that went on to achieve national security and secret information gathering. Truly enjoyed the chapters that played out like short stories to color the work of one of Her Majesty's spies. "

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