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As a Le Carre fan I've exhausted Audible's selection of his books. So I turned to the dramatised production of Russia House in hopes of getting more. I have ot say it's a bit of a letdown, with a lot of over-acting and irritating sound effects that I found distracting. Although Russia House was made into a pretty bad movie (starring Sean Connery), some of Le Carre's books have been successfully adapted to film and television (Smiley's People with Alec Guinness is simply superb). It's not an impossible task to capture Le Carre's distinctive prose style and nuanced characters in a medium other than the printed word. This dramatised version of Russia House falls far short of excellence. I hope that Audible will add the book to its offerings at some point.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is an excellent traumatize Asian of the novel. Running time is three hours which is great for a car drive, bike ride etc. Very high-quality.
I have to say that this adaptation is a must for those who have enjoyed BBC Radio 4's recent "The complete Smiley". Tom Baker is utterly magnificent as Barley, a larger than life character. It is one of those dramatisations you find yourself listening to from start to finish in one sitting.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Can not quite put my finger on why this one does not appeal to me nor capture my attention in the same way all my other le Carre’s in the collection do. Something different about the main characters did not appeal nor feel any empathy. Quite left me feeling out in the cold. I hope that I will want to re listen to this when the mood takes me and maybe feel different. I have all the other le Carre’s in this collection and have enjoyed them all so much that I have eagerly purchased the next one and re listened to them all.