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on 9 February 2015
Excellent story - gripping
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on 15 September 2014
Tough story to break into.
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on 16 April 2015
On time and as described
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on 17 December 2014
Very happy with product
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on 23 January 2015
Still an amazing read.
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VINE VOICEon 23 April 2010
Format: Audio CDVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
As with all BBC dramatisations production values are high, the cast excellent and considerable thought has gone into turning a fairly complex book into something that can be enjoyed by all.

Patience will be required though, especially if you've neither read the books nor seen the TV series as there are a reasonably large number of characters to follow and narration is kept to a minimum. The plot device of Smiley's relationship with his estranged wife is excellent, both to humanise George and give us an insight into how Karla works to find and exploit his adversaries weaknesses.

A terrific way to spend a wet Sunday afternoon, just don't be expecting any shoot outs, high speed chases or misogyny.
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on 21 September 2014
Superlative le Carre.
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Format: Audio CDVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
If, like me, you caught the odd episode of Le Carré's 'Karla' trilogy on the radio, but never managed to listen to whole series complete, these CD's are a blessing. These are dense and complex stories and they deserve to be listened to with the minimum of distractions and interruptions.
Le Carré's world of understatement, impenetrable hierarchies and subtle betrayal is quintessentially English, and listening to these in the comfort of your living room is a perfect way to get through the dark winter evenings.
The cast and production is superb. Each disc of the three disc set is broken into 16 tracks for easy navigation on your CD player (they do, of course, play continuously).
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VINE VOICEon 27 February 2010
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This became famous about 30 years ago, with the TV version starring Alec Guinness; everyone I knew seemed to be following it! But 30 years is a long time, and not having read the book I had forgotten virtually everything about it. This BBC radio adaptation is clearly excellent, with the superb Simon Russell Beale (possibly our finest current actor?) as Smiley, but I am marking it down to 4 because I found it quite difficult and complicated to follow at times, though the third episode was best in this respect. But don't let that put you off, it is possibly a failing in myself. If you are completely new to Smiley, however, you may just find it confusing.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2010
John le Carre gives a great reading of one of his most popular works, but beware! At just 3 hours playing time this has been brutally abridged. Anyone not already familiar with the book would find it hard to follow and the lack of any characterisation makes it hard to keep track of the players. A real shame.
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