The Constant Gardener

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by John le Carré
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, The Constant Gardener opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana - the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers.Tragedy elevates Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly oblivious to his wife's cause, when he wakes to his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.


What the Critics Say

"Elegant style, rich characterization, and Graham Greenish exploration of moral ambiguity. [John le Carré's] sonorous voice and nuanced delivery perfectly complement his authorial personality." (AudioFile)


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The Constant Gardener

I found this book hard to follow on audio. I don't know if it seemed random since it was an abridged version, or not, but I constantly felt like I was missing something.
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- Debbie Rooney

good topical modern day fiction

LeCarre gets every voice right when he reads his book. A political/activist/travelog thriller.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-23-2001
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio