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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,227 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: December 2011 ISBN: 9781101573044
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The inspiration for the major motion picture, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth

The first novel in John le Carré’s celebrated Karla trilogy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a heart-stopping tale of international intrigue.

The man he knew as “Control” is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn’t quite ready for retirement—especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla—his Moscow Centre nemesis—and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A great many readers of John le Carré’s earlier spy novels—and those books currently have a great many readers—are going to rejoice with honest delight.”

    Chicago Tribune Book World

  • The premier spy novelist of his time. Perhaps of all time. Time
  • A rattling good novel. San Francisco Chronicle
  • John le Carré is the great master of the spy story…the constant flow of emotion lifts him not only above all modern suspense novelists, but above most novelists now practicing. Financial Times
  • Stunning. Wall Street Journal
  • “Gives dimension, depth, and character to the faceless men who lurk behind the headline stories of the Cold War.”

    Washington Post

  • “A rattling good novel.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A stunning story of espionage.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “One of the best tales of the year.”

    Time

  • “Two moments—Smiley’s subtle questioning of a former teammate, once famous for her now-fading memory, and the exciting, highly suspenseful exposure of the Russian spy—are particular standouts. Jayston matches both perfectly, as well as all those in between.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madeleine | 2/14/2014

    " So elegant. So, so beautifully and perfectly structured. Read it when you have time and can truly pay attention - it really does require your full attention as a reader, but it rewards you all the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 teatotaller | 2/13/2014

    " I thought about it enough that I finished reading my paperback copy even though I was half-way through my audiobook! And I even knew how it ended since I'd seen the movie version first. Can't get Benedict Cumberbatch out of my brain as Peter Guillam though. Not my usual read but just right for the present moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buciuman | 2/10/2014

    " Tense read. Informative insight into the world of espionage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rand Harker | 2/6/2014

    " I recently watched the movie made last year from this book, and it provoked me into recalling how much I enjoyed the Smiley trilogy when it was first published back in the 70s. So I went back to do the rereading. There are still many things I like about the book. I like the gray atmosphere that I suspect is the true feel of the world of espionage (as opposed, say, to the colorful extravagance of the Bond books against which Le Carre was writing) and I liked the omnipresence of ideas of betrayal and duplicity. However much of the writing itself seemed quite mannered and the sexual relations being dealt with, despite the fact that they reinforced the theme of betrayal, came across as deeply conventional--at least conventional from the point of view of male fantasy (plain old man paired with beautiful younger wife, etc.). No sense of real relationships there. I'll probably go ahead and take another look at "The Honorable Schoolboy", which I recall as my favorite of the three, but we'll see about "Smiley's People". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne | 1/28/2014

    " A riveting spy novel without the macho violence found in more modern spy novels. Moves along at a steady pace, though readers used to the breakneck speed of modern novels might find it a bit slow. Obviously written by a man in the know. Enjoyed it quite a lot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 1/26/2014

    " Still gripping despite having seen the recent film and the 70s TV adaptation. Knocked a star off for all the tedious detail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/18/2014

    " This was nearly a 5 star for me. I LOVED this book. The whole story had me hook, line, and sinker. Even when I knew (or thought I knew) who the bad guy was, I wasn't really sure and the reasons why and how it came about, work well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynsey Dalladay | 1/17/2014

    " Complicated to begin with but I'm glad I stuck with it, excellent spy thriller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joemodz | 12/26/2013

    " This is one of the most important political novels of our time. Mitch Rapp, and his political kin, is a pathetic piece of hawkish fiction compared to this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn.frimpter | 12/9/2013

    " Loved it. Great novel about betrayal loyalty and British society. The recent movie left me confused so I got the book and I'm very glad I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danica | 11/4/2013

    " Read, chewing my nails down to the knuckle, on a series of Japanese Shinkansen and subway trains. So fucking good, you guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Litchford | 9/29/2013

    " I was surprised by this book. It's a fairly quiet story, but filled with tradecraft and great characters. I'm certain it's an accurate depiction of a spy's life: more sneakiness and suspicion than car chases and silencers in the dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 6/24/2013

    " thirty pages in, already fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Jaitin | 4/8/2013

    " Saw the movie and wanted to re-enter the world, so I started reading the book. Very enjoyable--Le Carre is truly a master. Movie was remarkably faithful to the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 10/23/2012

    " Boring and confusing - couldn't wait for it to finish. Same with the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fraser Coltman | 6/17/2012

    " I've given up on this one. I just can't get through all the spy-speak jargon to understand the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Comfort | 4/23/2012

    " I did enjoy this twist and turned book. Many characters to filter through but a nice little spy book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Cini | 2/21/2012

    " very good spies novel. Well told story. "

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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 British actor, having appeared in numerous films, among them Cromwell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zulu Dawn, and Nicholas and Alexandra. His many television credits include The Royal, Doctors, Emmerdale, Murder in Suburbia, and Only Fools and Horses, while on stage he has been seen in Henry V and Hamlet, as well as Private Lives and The Rivals.