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Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3
 
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Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3 [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by John le Carré (Author), Michael Jayston (Narrator)
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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George Smiley was summoned from his dubious retirement by two seemingly unconnected events - an old woman in Paris is promised the return of a daughter she will never see, and a handover is to take place on a steamer in Hamburg.

©1979 David Cornwell; (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 14 hours and 23 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
  • Audible.com Release Date: November 18, 2010
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AJFHHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is the last volume in a trilogy which, without any doubt, the best spy story ever written in English. _Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy_ began it with the story of George Smiley's uncovering of the mole in British Intelligence HQ, known as "the Circus." _The Honourable Schoolboy_ -- which largely stands alone from the first and third books, and is a superior piece of work by itself -- tells of Smiley's first steps toward revenge against Karla, head of Moscow Centre and his personal enemy for nearly thirty years . . . only to be denied the fruits of his own success by political machinations at home. _Smiley's People_ brings everything to a very satisfying conclusion, via the discovery that Karla has an unsuspected human side, which makes him vulnerable. As always, Le Carre's development of his characters is masterful and his dialogue and descriptive passages make it clear why, at his best, he is considered an exceptional stylist. The pace of the action in the early part of the book is purposely rather slow, drawing you in, making you pay attention to what's happening and thinking about what secrets might be behind it all -- just as one imagines George is doing. But as the story develops, the pace picks up, until the last quarter is nearly a headlong gallop toward a triumphant final chapter. Unreservedly recommended.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Confrontation... June 28, 2011
Format:Paperback
The Cold War ended a couple of decades ago, but John LeCarre's classic spy novel, "Smiley's People", is still an astonishingly good read. It is actually the concluding piece of a superb espionage trilogy that begins with "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and continues with "The Honorable Schoolboy." The rather dense plot of "Smiley's People" will likely make more sense if the novels are read in sequence.

As the story opens, a former agent of the British Secret Service is found horribly murdered outside London, after making contact with his old employers. George Smiley, once head of the Secret Service, is summoned out of an unhappy retirement to make sense of the mess. What he discovers is a secret so important to an old adversary that it was worth killing for.

With official license renewed, the patient Smiley follows a faint trail of clues across Europe and his own history in the Cold War. He will call upon old friends and comrades for information and assistance, while trolling the sad wreckage of his own personal life. At the end of the trail may be the opportunity for the supreme act of professional revenge on a Russian spy master, or a deadly ambush...

LeCarre has a unique writing style, intermingled with a cynical take on the espionage business, that requires close attention from the reader. His hero, George Smiley, is almost the antithesis of the James Bond stereotype. However, the patient reader may find that George Smiley's own considerable gifts for his craft can make for a very compelling story. "Smiley's People" is very highly recommended to fans of espionage novels in general and those of John LeCarre in particular.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smiley's swan song October 13, 2007
Format:Paperback
Smiley's People is the final installment of the trilogy that tells of the struggle between George Smiley, British spy extraordinaire, and Karla, his Russian counterpart. George is called out of retirement to investigate the death of a Russian defector from his earlier days at the agency. As usual the trail is absolutely Byzantine, but it leads him toward an opportunity that could finally bring his nemesis Karla down. I won't reveal any more of the plot because novels like this depend too much on the specific twists and turns for their entertainment value.

To some extent, it's a waste of time reviewing the third book in a trilogy. If you haven't read them, you should really read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy before even thinking about this book. If you have, and liked them, you want to know how the story ends and you'll read Smiley's People regardless of the reviews. If you didn't like them, then even glowing reviews probably won't be enough to get you across the finish line. For the few people on the fence, here's my two cents.

Le Carre' is an undisputed master of the spy novel and in many respects he's on the top of his game here. Of the three books in the trilogy, this was by far the easiest and most straightforward to read. It's the only one that uses a classic third party narrator perspective and the story is relatively simple (for a spy novel). I found the story and many of the characters interesting. It moves along at a steady pace and there was a sufficient sense of menace to feel some tension even if the stakes aren't as high as some of the other stories.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Spycraft October 17, 2005
Format:Hardcover
In this John le Carre novel we have the final confrontation between George Smiley and Karla, his long time nemesis. This is my first book by the author and I did not feel like I was starting in the middle. So you do not need to read the two that precede it. This is not just a spy novel, but also a well-written book. And the author is able to allow us to have a strong sense of picturing the characters. They are well thought out and three-dimensional.

Our hero George Smiley is brought out of retirement by some antics and death of an old retired contact. And we follow Mr. Smiley as he works to solve the case or close it any way he can. Of course George Smiley does his utmost to solve it. And it is this journey he takes that leads us to his old time foe from the Soviet Union, Karla.

Smiley does not seem like a spy, but his methods, instincts and powers of observations are exceptional. But what any person attuned to his surroundings would have. It is nice to have a normal human hero. One who shoes us his range of emotions and thought process. And the realistic ending. Yes it may seem anticlimactic. But I prefer the realism of it all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The entire Smiley series is fantastic
Published 24 days ago by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A classic
Published 1 month ago by Steve Teichler
5.0 out of 5 stars Half-angels fighting half-devils: a perfect end to the Karla Trilogy
Smiley's People is set the 1970s Cold War detente, a timeout observed by the politicians, but as we see, not the spies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TFN III
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An understated classic of the genre. Must read as part of the trilogy, though.
Published 2 months ago by Sean P Heismann
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Even La Carre cannot always be at his best.
Published 2 months ago by schimanski
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye to George Smiley
John Le Carré put together a masterful story with which to say goodbye to his antihero George Smiley. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miriam K. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A wistful and patient novel
The story unspools slowly, and the author savors the meandering journey. While I was reading it, I was relaxed just to thinking about it, like a long walk on a cool, breezy day.
Published 3 months ago by joseph cox
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tale, with detailed characterizations
A wonderful tale, with detailed characterizations.
Le Carre keeps you interested all the way to the end.
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Fuhrer
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want more!
Great adventure. I had some difficulty keeping all the players straight. I retraced my steps several times to ensure I was following the plot correctly. Very satisfying.
Published 3 months ago by Deborah M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Important to be "up" on Mr. Smiley's past!
I've read books by Mr. Le Carre in the past, but not recently. So I found "Smiley's People" to be a very difficult book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mac Frampton
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