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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a journey, 22 Feb. 2012
This review is from: A Perfect Spy (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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This is a review of the BBC Audio CDs of the 1993 BBC radio play adaptation of John Le Carre's novel. There are 4 CDs in this boxed collection.

I listened to this in the car over the course of a couple of long journeys and for me it was perfect for this, holding my attention completely and giving a fascinating insight into the 'Firm'; British Intelligence. Magnus Pym, the Perfect Spy, goes to his father's funeral and doesn't come back, throwing his colleagues into a spin, with the possibility that he has 'turned'. The narrative strands move between Magnus, holed up, with a seaside landlady and writing his novel/memoir exploring his relationship with his con man of a father, a 'colourful personality', and his long relationship with another father figure in his life, his agent on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Meanwhile, yet another father figure, Jack Brotherhood, his mentor in the service, tracks down and questions key people in his history.

James Fox is perfect as Magnus Pym and there is a strong cast: Harriet Walter and Julian Rhind-Tutt are also excellent. I agree with another reviewer that this adaptation by Rene Basilico does not make us really feel the charisma of Rick Pym, Magnus'scad of a father. Nonetheless this is a very strong pridcution and if it leads you to the book A Perfect Spy and the TV adaptation A Perfect Spy: Complete BBC Series (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] then that's all the better.
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