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This is not a book for listening to when you're going to sleep as you have to pay attention to the detail of this complex plot, but it is a rewarding listen. There is far more to this story than was included in the film. For anyone who remembers the 60's it takes you back to the atmosphere of the time, both in terms of lifestyle and the ever present cold war paranoia. It is very well read by James Lailey who, I'm pleased to say, doesn't attempt to imitate Michael Caine, but does give the hero the right working class voice - essential in a story which is as much about the overturning of the upper class establishment as it is about the world of spies and spying.
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What did you like most about The Ipcress File?
Cracking story well read.
What other book might you compare The Ipcress File to, and why?
Similar to the best of John le Carre. Same subtlety, good writing and non-heroic hero.
What does James Lailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
His reading did make me smile with its hint of Michael Caine who played the main character in the film.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It's not really that kind of book.
Any additional comments?
I've read this book before and seen the film and I never tire of it. I shall give it a few years and listen again.
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