A Small Town in Germany

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Michael Jayston
  • 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The British Embassy in Bonn is up in arms. Her Majesty's financially troubled government is seeking admission to Europe's Common Market just as anti-British factions are rising to power in Germany. Rioters are demanding reunification, and the last thing the Crown can afford is a scandal. Then Leo Harting - an embassy nobody - goes missing with a case full of confidential files. London sends Alan Turner to control the damage, but he soon realises that neither side really wants Leo found - alive.

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What the Critics Say

"Exciting, compulsively readable and brilliantly plotted." (The New York Times)
"Brilliant, unforgettable ... a masterpiece." (New Statesman)

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The master at has best

I new the story as i have listened to the BBC play, but this full adaptation and reading was just magic. Le Carre at his best, the portrayal of embassy staff was superb and the lead characters portrayal was perfect
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- Stuart Bailey

Slow to start but worth sticking with

It's not the easiest of reads to start with. Multiple characters that do little but set the scene. Where the book works brilliantly is the sense of place that is evoked. It's not necessarily an exciting place at the start but it's a brilliantly drawn picture of a post war embassy for a failing nation, struggling to find its place in the world. The characters are masterfully revealed but not in a self indulged way.

This is why I stuck with it and ultimately enjoyed the book. You want to know how they get on and for their failings they are likeable. This book is never going to be his most famous work. I do thoughtbghink it would make a great It's not the easiest of reads to start with. Multiple characters that do little but set the scene. Where the book works brilliantly is the sense of place that is evoked. It's not necessarily an exciting place at the start but it's a brilliantly drawn picture of a post war embassy for a failing nation, struggling to find its place in the world. The characters are masterfully revealed but not in a self indulged way.

This is why I stuck with it and ultimately enjoyed the book. You want to know how they get on and for their failings they are likeable. This book is never going to be his most famous work. I do thought think it would make a great film
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- Steve Hocking

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd