The Spy Who Came in from the Cold : Smiley

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Michael Jayston
  • Series: Smiley
  • 7 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alec Leamas has ended his time in Berlin. Or his time has ended him. The last of his Eastern agents has been killed, like the others, by the Abteilung. Back at the Circus, Leamas is put on the shelf. He turns to drunkenness and dishonesty and finally disappears from view, a seemingly broken man.
But unknown to anyone except George Smiley and his master, Control, Leamas has been given his toughest mission ever. He will have to be himself but more so. He will have to fight off the inevitable softening of middle age and wait a little more before he can come in from the cold. Not even Leamas can know the plan of which he is the instrument.


What the Critics Say

"The best spy story I have ever read." (Graham Greene)
"Le Carré is one of the best novelists - of any kind - we have." (Vanity Fair)
"Written...with a pitiless, elegant clarity, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a first-rate thriller and more." (Time)


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Outstanding Novel, Brilliantly Read

Le Carre's classic spy novel is brought to life by a wonderful reading. Jayston's British voice goes so perfectly with the novel and the character's of "the circus" are brought to life right in front of your ears!

This novel is intricate with great depth of characters and twist and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat guessing till the end. The descriptions of the service, the agents, the "circus" and the enemy brings to life this Cold War classic. Do not go past this novel and this reading!
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- Pita

Gripping Cold War thriller

Would you consider the audio edition of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to be better than the print version?

I first read 'The Spy Who Came in From the Cold' in print when I was 12 or 13 and it was the best seller everyone was talking about. In print I tended to rush ahead to see what happened, but the audio version slows you down to savour Le Carre's writing.

What other book might you compare The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to and why?

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - a complex story with double-crosses and suspense.

Which scene was your favorite?

An early scene, when the double agent crosses the border into West Germany on his bicycle.

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

Oh yes - it will keep you sitting in your car listening to the recording, long after you've pulled into the driveway.

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- Carolyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-09-2011
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.