Smiley's People : Smiley

  • by John le Carré
  • Narrated by Michael Jayston
  • Series: Smiley
  • 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

George Smiley was summoned from his dubious retirement by two seemingly unconnected events - an old woman in Paris is promised the return of a daughter she will never see, and a handover is to take place on a steamer in Hamburg.


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A wonderful link to the BBC series

I have been reading this book repeatedly, along with the others in the 'Smiley' trilogy, for the past 30 years. Having it in audio form opens up even more aspects of Le Carre's brilliant characterisations.

Michael Jayston played Peter Guillam in the BBC's 1970's series of 'Tinker Tailor' (the 1st in the trilogy). To have him narrating this unabridged version really enhances the story as he clearly understands the parts he is portraying.

This audiobook will definitely enhance your appreciation of Le Carre's writing and the Smiley series in particular. Clear and precise speech, and the individual characterisation is wonderful.
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- "mafletcheruk"

An underrated writer

Another engaging and thought provoking novel by John le Carre. It is a pity he is known primarily as the writer of excellent spy novels, i.e. thrilling plots, rather than simply as an excellent writer. His powers of observation, the description of settings and characters, the analysis of their motives and his skills as a writer should have been awarded a prize long ago.

Michael Jayston does the author justice with his reading. He is one of the great narrators of audiobooks. Amongst his merits is the ability to pronounce most foreign names without mangling them - quite an achievement in an era where the majority narrators no longer trouble to research the pronunciation of foreign words, often rendering them utterly incomprehensible.

Buy this book. It is worth every penny.
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- Claudia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-11-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.