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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,507 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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In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse—a desk job—Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service—with himself as the bait. In the background is George Smiley, ready to make the game play out just as Control wants.

Setting a standard that has never been surpassed, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a devastating tale of duplicity and espionage.

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Quotes & Awards

  • First-rate and tremendously exciting. Daphne du Maurier
  • Le Carré is one of the best novelists—of any kind—we have. Vanity Fair
  • Written…with a pitiless, elegant clarity. The Spy who Came in from the Cold is a first-rate thriller and more. Time
  • “The best spy story I have ever read”

    Graham Greene

  • The best spy story I have ever read. Graham Greene
  • The Spy Who Came in From the Cold should establish le Carré firmly beside Ambler and Greene in the small rank of writers who can create a novel of significance, while losing none of the excitement of the tale of sheer adventure.”

    New York Times

  • “A topical and terrible story…he can communicate emotion, from sweating fear to despairing love, with terse and compassionate conviction. Above all, he can tell a tale. Formidable equipment for a rare and disturbing writer.” 

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A superb, tough, highly sophisticated novel.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “The Cold War is long over, but le Carré’s fictional spies still retain the capacity to grab viewers and keep them engrossed in diabolical chess games.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Jayston captures le Carré’s brilliance in this classic espionage tale which ages yet never seems to age. With steady pacing, a fine command of nuance for the characters' voices and impeccable diction, Jayston is outstanding.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award
  • Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery Novel
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane | 2/15/2014

    " Brilliant novel; characters are drawn painfully and exquisitely; maybe cold war backdrop is dated - but I loved this book. A master at work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Buck Wheat | 2/11/2014

    " I think it's probably the best spy book ever written. Not glamorous, not Bond-ish, but gritty and dark. It portrays not only the isolation between the two Germanys, but the isolation between people, about loneliness and redemption. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Grillo | 2/11/2014

    " Very interesting. On the surface a masterful thriller without a single word wasted. Beyond that a much deeper and engaging essay on ideologies, modern society and war. Also a fascinating perspective on an historical moment so recent yet so far gone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Saba | 2/5/2014

    " I just wasn't expecting that something that seems so darn perfect and confidential can end this way!!! "

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