Call for the Dead : Smiley

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Michael Jayston
  • Series: Smiley
  • 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy - which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he?
The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carre's chillingly amoral universe.

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Subtle story of friendship, espionage, guilt, etc

John le Carré's first novel is a subtle story of friendship, espionage, guilt and tradecraft. le Carré is one of those great genre writers who I think will be read 200 years from now. This short first novel foreshadows many of the themes and moral ambiguities of later le Carré espionage novels.
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- Darwin8u

Difficult to follow

What would have made Call for the Dead better?

If le Carre had developed and distinguished his characters more clearly.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Sarah Water's The Paying Guests.


Which scene was your favorite?

Smiley's first interview with the widow.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed that w book deemed as a 'classic' was so mundane and boring.


Any additional comments?

I wish I had chosen a more recent le Carre book to introduce me to this author.

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- Cindy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio