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TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Simon Russell Beale, Anna Chancellor, et al.

Mystery & Suspense • 3 hrs. • Audio Program • © 1974

This taut and subtle adaptation effectively presents le Carré’s classic spy novel as a three-hour drama for voices—no mean feat of compression and interpretation. The acting, too, is superb, as are the production values. Simon Russell Beale gives us a stoic, admirable, and touching George Smiley, surely ironically named, who is underemployed, and lonely for his unfaithful wife. He is called out of retirement to investigate whether the Secret Service he had given his life to is corrupted by a Russian mole at the highest level of power. Smiley is spared nothing in the unraveling of this tale of multiple betrayals, but the listener is richly rewarded by a dazzling cast and so enjoyable a performance that this reviewer found two back-to-back listens were barely enough. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2010]

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Formats

Library Ed. • AudioGO • 2010

CD ISBN 978-0-7927-7262-0 $39.95 • Three CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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