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I've been reading Le Carre for only 3 years and tend to like his less-well-regarded later novels better than his older classics. Audiobooks are, however, giving me better appreciation of the old, and THIS audiiobook seems the perfect marriage of Le Carre's traditional theme of innocents consumed by a compromising Brit insider-elite with the more overt social concerns of his later novels.
I found this as well-written, plotted and characterized as traditional LeCarre, but at the same time it's a very accessible listen.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Fascinating story, terrific characters. One of my favourite writers on excellent form. Wonderful reader too. Did all the dialogue brilliantly, which made the book even more exciting to listen to.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Well read (despite the dodgy Australian accent) and it did keep me entertained, but really the ending left me feeling so totally cheated and short changed, that in the end I could only think why had I bothered!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I have been listening to audiobooks for many years and have never ever listened to a book which bored me as rigidly as this one. Because I had never read one of John le Carre's books before I was keen to download one of his books to give it a try. Even the valiant attempts of the narrator to breath live into this dull book never manages to overcome the frankly very thin story line. None of the characters become more than cardboard caricatures, and his description of women seems to have successfully bypassed modern life. The end, when it finally comes, feels rushed and totally predictable. How is it possible that a writer with a reputation like his ends up writing such drivel. I was determined to listen to the whole book, but ended up wasting my time, never again!
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