- 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 19, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005AJFHHW
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Smiley's People: The Karla Trilogy, Book 3
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John le Carré never disappoints. His Smiley series is classic British espionage.Published 13 days ago by Persistent
Mr. Le Carre is an absolute master at drawing the reader fully into his story and its parallel evolving plots. Read morePublished 18 days ago
LeCarr undoubtedly is the best author of spy stories. With this ends the thrilling episodes of the Cold War, which captivated me all these years.Published 22 days ago by Sekhar Banerjee
I've read a couple hundred spy novels, and this is my all-time favorite. Maybe it's because of the build up from the predecessors, "Tinker, Tailor" and, to a lesser extent,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bradley West
OK read. Better than some of his other novels but slower than some others.Published 2 months ago by Althea Berry
the story too slow and was unclear and moved at a snail's pace. I know he is a classic great writer, but his books are way to wordy and too slow moving, and most of the time I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by June Edington
A retread of Tinker, Tailor, and a too-abrupt ending, but a welcome focus on Smiley and his English stomping grounds.Published 3 months ago by D. A. Conrad