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By lynn on 09-03-11
Atmospheric, powerful production
I have read and listened to different interpretations of John le Carre's work over 20 years this is as good as any previous productions including the those with Bernard Hepton and Alec Guiness. Simon Russell Beale has just the right air of world weariness for George Smiley, Ann his wife's part has been extended beautifully to add context. This production adds to others I have and I shall enjoy it again and again.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Joseph on 17-01-10
Poor dramatization of a masterpiece
There are many bad things about this dramatization, but the worst is the casting of Smiley. You get the impression that he's young and talkative, which is absurd. The people who did this should have listened to previous renderings, including the reading of the unabridged version on Audible, which with all its faults is far superior to this. I wish I hadn't bought it.
9 of 13 people found this review helpful
By David on 06-03-11
Poor substitute for a good reading
I have the Listen for Pleasure releases of the John LeCarre Smiley series on cassette. Bad assumption on my part that these dramatizations would be comparable. If you love the John LeCarre series of Smiley books. Don't listen to these, they'll put you completely off the genre! This is the first Audible selection that I actually deleted out of my library.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Tita Derby on 17-10-17
Difficult to follow
This is the first dramatized audio book I have listened to and I found it very hard to follow. It's like radio, and I often couldn't distinguish the characters, nor follow the story line. I was intrigued but frustrated. I didn't finish it. This story was too complicated to listen this way.
By Stephen Laudig on 17-06-15
Lacks narrative power. Cheesy effects distract rather than entertain. And chopped to fit. Procrustean solution failed. Blurred a good book.
By Platypus on 16-08-13
Hard to follow
Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or the narrators?
I have read this book. It is a good read, but one on which you must concentrate. The Audible version is most difficult to follow when you are driving. My suggestion: buy the book
Would you ever listen to anything by John le Carre again?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment at my inability to follow the story
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