The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Dramatised) : Smiley Radio Plays

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Simon Russell Beale
  • Series: Smiley Radio Plays
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carré's novel, which introduced his most famous character, George Smiley. It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt. Leamas is recalled to London where, to his surprise, instead of being washed up and consigned to a desk he's offered a chance to have his revenge by becoming a pawn in a brilliantly-conceived plot to destroy Mundt. But in order to do so he has to stay out in the cold a little longer... Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Brian Cox as Alec Leamas, this tense, compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, intricate thriller.

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Brilliant but short.

This is a great listen. The actors are fantastic and the story gripping. My only wish is that it was longer.
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- Peter

Absolutely brilliant

I bought this download last month; I've already listened to it 4 times.
I can't recommend it enough, so atmospheric! Just one small gripe, one of the characters sound a little like Herr Flick from 'Ello ello!
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- Duncan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-07-2009
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited