• The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Series: Smiley, Book 3
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-08-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (119 ratings)

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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.
©1963 Victor Gollancz Ltd (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Pita on 06-15-12

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Carolyn on 03-13-12

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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5 out of 5 stars
By S. Thomas on 12-23-12

The book that came in from the cd.

This isn't my usual choice. Espionage thrillers usually leave me cold - or the thought or them does. However this was a book group choice so I chose the unabridged version and within minutes was hooked.

I'm now embarrassed to think I ignored this for

So long. The writing is so accessible; I was concerned that I would not be able to follow the plot but it's a much more relatable novel than I imagined. Good writing means this novel is a hit across the board and the narrator is amazing with his easy on the ear voice and the way each character is convincingly brought to life. I adored this reading!

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 12-02-15

Superb and a classic novel

I first read this book when it was first published. I found it quite difficult but after all these years it is much easier to understand the moral nuances and superb plotting. Hearing it read was a great experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By david x kelly on 03-09-16

Third reading and listening ....still most brilliant.

Le Carre is the most memorable author of the Cold War period and also beyond and those who argue the spy genre can never be literature are so wrong. I used to read Maugham for the pleasure of reading the finest English. I read Le Carre for the same reason immeasurably enhanced by the excitement of outstanding plot and finely observed characterisation.

Michael Jayston reads with an authority and dramatisation that adds significant further quality to this overall piece of finely crafted literature.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dennis on 05-29-16

Heavy going but we'll worth the effort.

Brilliantly read! The plot was a little hard to follow early, but we'll worth the effort.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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