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Impeccable Audio Theatre,
This review is from: A Murder of Quality (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
I'm a little embarrassed to admit that while I have read and enjoyed other Le Carre books this was my first proper encounter with George Smiley; based on this initial outing I look forward with real enthusiasm to the remainder of the books as they are dramatised by the BBC.
I listen to a great number of audiobooks and great readers can really bring a good book to life but you can't beat a radio dramatisation and outside of one or two smaller American publishers this is a field which the BBC has really made its own. The quality of the special effects and sound quality generally has improved hugely over the years and a production such as this makes previous landmark series of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit seem terribly dated by comparison. Overall the cast may be less well known than were involved in various Dickens dramatisations but Simon Russell Beale makes a believable and sympathetic Smiley while the supporting cast provide the necessary contrast and depth. The story is not a sophisticated one but feels like a good introduction to character and his milieu. A very enjoyable and indeed enthralling listen