The Confidential Agent

  • by Graham Greene
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a small continental country civil war is raging.
Once a lecturer in medieval French, now a confidential agent, D is a scarred stranger in a seemingly casual England, sent on a mission to buy coal at any price. Initially, this seems to be a matter of straightforward negotiation, but soon, implicated in murder, accused of possessing false documents and theft, held responsible for the death of a young woman, D becomes a hunted man, tormented by allegiances, doubts and the love of others.

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Magnificent reading, pure Graham Greene.

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

The best so far.


What other book might you compare The Confidential Agent to and why?

John LeCarre, because of Greene's unromantic view of war and espionage.


What about Tim Pigott-Smith’s performance did you like?

I have been unable to separate the actor from the role since his indelible performance in The Jewel in the Crown. This reading severed the connection--he becomes so many characters, so seamlessly that I sit in the car, in the cold, unable to stop listening to the recording I am playing on my car system. He's a marvelous reader.


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

No, I have enjoyed the breaks, but I would have like my drives to be longer!


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- Judith

te 2 nts (too intense) for me

What did you like best about The Confidential Agent? What did you like least?

Best: intelligent, articulate, gripping. Worst: I'm sorry to say that this book was too frightening for me to finish, A combination of uncertainty, unfamiliarity, unsavouryness and uneasiness scared me off after a few chapters.


What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Sorry, I didn't get there.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith?

I would and will. I have listened to many,


Did The Confidential Agent inspire you to do anything?

search my psyche for the reason it puts me off. When I was a kiddie I couldn't listen to the lone ranger episodes wherein LR was suspected of the crime. Maybe it's like that. Maybe it's my fear of the totally unhappy endings that Brighton Rock taught me to expect from Greene.


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- jenifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios