A Legacy of Spies : Smiley

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Tom Hollander
  • Series: Smiley
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book - his first Smiley novel in more than 25 years.
Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor, and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator, Peter Guillam, present the listener with a legacy of unforgettable characters old and new.


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Wonderful for fans

This is a fabulous capstone for those of us who've been through Le Carre's tales.New depth to The Spy Who Came in From The Cold, Tinker Tailor, APerfect Spy etc etc. But for the unitiated, might be a bit tedious. Narrator is pretty good, but sometimes the accents seem too much.

A wonderful, mature wrap of the Smiley outreach.
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A long slow conclusion to the Smiley series

Tom Hollander is wonderful reading this ending and coda to the story that starts with Le Carre’s start. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, and all the rest. Ghosts haunt, the past is exhumed. We go through it all again and many loose ends are tied off and fused. It makes me want to go back and read or listen to them all again.
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- Chris Marlowe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio