• Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 22-07-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (897 ratings)

Summary

Mr George Smiley is small, podgy, and at best, middle-aged. He is disillusioned, wrestles with idleness, and has been deserted by his beautiful wife. He is also compassionate, ruthless, and a senior British intelligence officer in short-lived retirement from the Circus, the British Secret Service organisation situated in London. But Moscow centre has infiltrated a mole into the Circus, and it's more than likely the perpetrator is Karla, Smiley's old adversary and his opposite number in Moscow. And when, at the dead of night, a member of the Cabinet offers Smiley the job to 'clean the stable, do whatever is necessary', it becomes a long and bitter battle of wits between Smiley, the master of deceit, and the enigmatic Karla.
©2014 Michael Jayston (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By ella on 11-05-15

Absolutely fantastic - loved it!

A wonderful tangled Web-skillfully and delicately wrought. Kept me enthralled from start to finish. Michael Jayston gets every voice to a tee, building a full and mysterious picture for the reader- especially Smiley. I am sure to listen to this again - goes straight to the top of my tree and will take an awful lot of beating.

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5 out of 5 stars
By pan on 03-12-14

Best Spy Thriller

Where does Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

John Le Carre is the undisputed master of the genre and Tinker tailor is his masterpiece. Every Character in the book, from the slow-burning, quiet Protagonist Smiley to the Rakish Guillam are wonderfully fleshed out and memorable. John le Carre is excellent in evoking the 70s of the cold war, a time of general paranoia and institutional green paint on linoleum walls. The plot may be a little hard to follow but it is a nice change from your usual espionage thriller where intelligence involves shooting up a large number of foreign cars.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?

The opening chapter that partially reveals Jim Prideaux's identity, half-seen through the eyes of the Bill Roach is one of the most nuanced sketches ever written

Which character – as performed by Michael Jayston – was your favourite?

All of the characters were wonderfully performed, but especially the continental . Unlike certain other audiobooks who shall not be named, he goes easy on the accents and avoids giving esterhazy or max ludicrous james-bond style voices.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Canarylampshade on 10-02-17

Best espionage novel I've ever read and heard.

Great story, great writing, and the perfect narrator.
It is phenomenal. And, piqued my interest in the real world Cold War spy scandals.

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