• The Honourable Schoolboy

  • The Karla Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Series: Smiley, Book 6
  • Length: 20 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-26-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
  • 4.2 (99 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.
©2009 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"All the good things are there: the Balkan complexities of plot; the Dickensian profusion of idiosyncratic characters; and above all, le Carré's glistening social observation." ( Time magazine)
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By Pita on 08-16-12

Great story, but not Le Carre's best

This is an engaging and involving spy story that begins where Tinker Tailor ends. The characterizations are brilliant and the plot intricate and involved. However the plot doesn't capture the reader in the same way as Tinker Tailor or The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and the ending was somewhat predictably disappointing. Michael Jayston once again is absolutely superb reading this story and I can't even imagine reading Le Carre without hearing his voice. Still a good buy for those Le Carre fans, but those wanting to start off on the spy game i would definitely recommend The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and then Tinker Tailor first.

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By Karl on 05-27-15

The honourable story

A great story! A slow starter I feel, but it grows on you all the way through!

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By Bruce on 02-13-11

The Honourable Shoolboy

What a wonderful introduction to the world of Audible Books. We ordered the book with the firm intention of listening on a long and planned car journey across Europe, we decided to test the system but soon, very soon, found we drove everywhere at a snails pace and then would park and wait 'till chapter end to listen to the book. And what a great book, wonderfully read by the well paced and distinctive voice of Michael Jayston, the book has a wide cast but MJ conjures up the characters well and in a very distinctive way - there can be no doubt who the character is, itself a great advantage with this book with its complexities.

The book is the one not seen on TV or film, its the missing book and for those that love the other two in Smiley trilogy this is unmiss-able.

Would I recommend, without a doubt, provided you are happy to drive slowly or wait on stations with your iPod clamped to your ears!

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By Lynn on 09-10-11

Heaven

Absolutely sublime. I don't know why I waited so long to come back to John Le Carre. The prose. The dark humour. The insights.
And the narrator is perfect for the text. Just perfect.

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By dave on 01-11-16

The honourable schoolboy

Brilliant story by the excellent Le Carré. This story has been a favourite of mine for years. Michael Jayston brings the story to wonderful life.
Looking forward to enjoying to Smiley's People

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By Bevan Lewis on 11-02-17

Fantastic Smiley story, the best yet.

As always Michael Jayston's performance is flawless. This complex story features a really broad cast of interesting characters, wonderful settings and a suitable ending.

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