Smiley's People (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 May 2010
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Following the events of `The Honourable Schoolboy', Smiley is now retired. But an old contact is brutally slain, and Smiley is asked by the powers that be to make sure there are no loose ends that could embarrass either the Circus or the British Government. As he trawls through the General's last days and slowly comes to realise just why he was killed, he finds an old adversary at the heart of things, and the opportunity to lay many old ghosts to rest.
Once again this is an admirable bit of writing form Le Carre. Intricately plotted,. With a very real and believable feel. Lacking the glamour of, say, Bond stories, not shing away from the grim and murky realities of life. Smiley lives in a grim and paranoid world, where he cannot trust even those notionally on his own side. The atmosphere is tense and gripping.
As well as the writing, there are a series of fine performances. Simon Russell Beale once again excels as Smiley. His performance is reminiscent of Alec Guinness's, but he manages to put his own stamp quite thoroughly on the role. He shows the ruthlessness of Smiley, along with his regret at doing what has to be done, very convincingly.
The BBC have done a good job at trimming the story down to fit three hours, but without losing too much of the fine detail. I can only compare this to the Guinness TV adaptation, not having read the book, and some detail has been lost but the story is clear and flows well. There is, in addition, a very professional production, with unobtrusive sound effects that nicely help the story and set the scene, but do not detract from the actors performances.Read more ›
By this point in the series there is a rich back-story that enhances the enjoyment of this instalment, old favourites making welcome if brief returns all adding to the thrust of the plot and the overarching storyline about the inside of the spy business during the cold war.
WARNING: do not listen in the car - it is too grippingly distracting.
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Always a great writer - holds you well but needs listening to twice to keep up at times!Published 13 months ago by Mrs. I. E. Allen
CD is in very good condition as stated by seller. I am familiar with the story having got DVD of TV series but enjoyed hearing radio version.Published on 25 Mar. 2014 by pat milliner
Very good to listen to on car journeys, we are always looking out for interesting talking books to listen to whilst we travel so this was perfect.Published on 28 Jan. 2013 by jaxace
Abridged version but very well done. Went camping by the ocean on a stormy couple of days. It fit the mood perfectly. I highly recommend it.Published on 28 Feb. 2011 by Alfred Chircop