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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatization) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD

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John le Carré was a member of the British Foreign Service from 1959 to 1964. He started writing novels in 1961, and since then has published twenty-one titles.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America; Audio Theater edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602838623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602838628
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Smiley is holed up in the cheap Isley Hotel in Paddington working through the night on secret files that have to be returned every morning. He's looking for a mole in the Circus "buried very deep and very near the top". Control knew there was a traitor but died before he could be unmasked. Is it Tinker, Tailor, Richman, Beggerman? Will George nab the mole. Most of all I enjoy the pacing of this tale. It unfolds very slowly, as a true investigation would. You can't be without this text book Le Carre. Don Wardell
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First I have to say a couple things: I love the story of TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY. I've read the book, seen the Alec Guiness version and enjoyed the Bernard Hepton version that BBC Radio did in the late 1980s. Each has been special in it's own way while still telling the same story. The book is the high water mark of spy fiction. I believe it's Le Carre's best book, and George Smiley is his best character. When I heard that the BBC were going to dramatize all the Smiley stories I was very happy. When I heard Simon Russel-Beale as Smiley I knew they'd made an inspired choice; he really is wonderful as the "anti-Bond."

I'd listened to CALL FOR THE DEAD and THE HONORABLE SCHOOLBOY before buying TINKER, both of which were very well done. Then I listened to TINKER and found myself less impressed. I found myself missing scenes that I thought were important. I found the structure confusing, though (if memory serves) it follows the books structure more closely than other adaptations. By the end I found myself missing Bernard Hepton. Now this is strange because Mr. Russel-Beale is fantastic as Smiley. His performance is wonderful. I think what I was missing was the ensemble from the older show. The characters in the older program were more idiosyncratic, especially Charles Kay as Toby Esterhase.

Bill Haydon is hardly in the story until the final episode, and Lady Ann Smiley is only here as Smiley's imagination. In fact, all of the potential moles, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier and Poor Man, make no appearance before episode 3. They are all mentioned by Peter Guillam, who again, narrates the story, but are hardly there. I may be wrong about Tinker, but I don't think so. Most of Smiley's detective work is missing from this drama too.
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This BBC broadcast was such an intelligent telling of the Tinker, Tailor story. It assumed you had read the book or perhaps even seen the recent (Gary Oldman) movie. I had. Thus, a complete success with me--and I have relistened to it already. Thanks.
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It's a good dramatization, but the listener needs to be advised that it is just that - a BBC dramatization of the story - not a full or abridged reading of the book.
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the production of this is marvelous. It is well made and brings the story to life. The story is clear and it is a joy to follow.
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