• The Pigeon Tunnel

  • Stories from My Life
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-08-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4.6 (9 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

"No other writer has charted - pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers - the public and secret histories of his times." (Guardian)
"John le Carré is as recognizable a writer as Dickens or Austen." (Financial Times)
"When I was under house arrest I was helped by the books of John le Carré...they were a journey into the wider world.... These were the journeys that made me feel that I was not really cut off from the rest of humankind." (Aung San Suu Kyi)
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Publisher's Summary

'Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.'
The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré's memoir and his first work of nonfiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author's extraordinary engagement with the last half century.
The listener is swept along not just by the chilling winds of the Cold War or by the author's frightening journeys into places of terrible violence but, most importantly, by the author's inimitable voice.
In this astonishing work, we see our world, both public and private, through the eyes of one of this country's greatest writers.
©2016 John le Carré (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd
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Customer Reviews

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By Nola Bernstein on 12-15-16

Best audiobook of the Year

Would you listen to The Pigeon Tunnel again? Why?

Fantastic story, beautifully read by the author himself. Very entertaining and I laughed out loud in many places.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty of David Cornwall, his insight into both himself, his family and his colleagues and acquaintances. His descriptions of his larger-than-life father are hilarious.

What about John le Carré’s performance did you like?

His voice is strong, Can imitate voices authenically and beautifully

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

An Author Reminisces

Any additional comments?

Loved it, loved it, loved it.

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By Anniebligh on 10-29-16

Thank you John le Carre

Having read and enjoyed so many of le Carre's books, hearing this, in his own voice, was a grand treat.
The book is delivered in segments not strictly chronological, peppered with personal anecdotes and descriptions, observations of events and places. This is not a fireside chat and in it's own way does shed light albeit a passing ray of light, on some very influential people and major world events of the time. In its own way this book traces the background of le Carre's books and what has influenced the focus of his writing.
The wonderful description of his mission to Paris as his father's envoy at age 16 is just one glimpse into 'another world'.
It is the kind of book I could dip into again and again. However the advantage of hearing the author reading it to me as an audio book far outways the convenience of bookmarks in a hard copy.

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By Caroline brown on 11-14-16

As enjoyable and thought provoking as ever

The truth of his fiction shown through his experiences. I think a fan of his works would not be disappointed.

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By Philip on 11-18-16

Scratching the surface?

Not an autobiography, rather a series of anecdotes and very little revealed about the man himself, other than, perhaps as a distorted reflection of his extraordinary father. He reads it beautifully, though, a lovely voice which I could listen to for many an hour

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By ELIZABETH on 08-06-17

Exquisite

What did you like most about The Pigeon Tunnel?

The amusing anecdotes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ron. JLC's dad was a writer's dream

Have you listened to any of John le Carré’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Can't remember

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many hilarious and gobsmacking anecdotes

Any additional comments?

Le Carre is obviously a highly damaged character, but we have all benefitted from his angst. He hides it well. Amused that he doesn't think he owes anything to his father.

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By Heather on 01-06-17

Read the book? You’ll love listening to it.

Where does The Pigeon Tunnel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I’m a big le Carre fan so I’m probably a bit biased, but this has definitely been my favourite so far.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well there aren’t really characters as this is a sort of memoir, but if I had to pick my favourite person from the book it would obviously be le Carre.

Have you listened to any of John le Carré’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven’t but I’ll definitely be checking them out. He narrates very naturally and it’s like he’s there with you telling you a story - you can hear him turning the pages as he reads and it was just wonderful.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, but only because I wanted to make it last.

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