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The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas: BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatization Audio CD – CD, 2 June 2016
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- Publisher : BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House; Unabridged edition (2 June 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1785293184
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785293184
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.56 x 13.97 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 221,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Le Carré (real name David Cornwell) is a British author of espionage novels. During the 1950s and the 1960s he worked for the Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service, and began writing novels under a pen name. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller, and it remains one of his best-known works. Following the success of this novel, he left MI6 to become a full-time author.
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However, once you accept you're not going to hear Alec Guiness, Michael Jayston, Hywel Bennett and the inimitable Beryl Reid, this series simply flies. In fact, I'd go so far as to say get over the fact it's not the 1979 cast, for Simon Russell Beale is a joy and a delight as Smiley and along the way, there are some stand-out peformances. Hugh Bonneville is a superb Gerry Westerby and the way in which Anne's presence is brought to bear over George through the excellent Anna Chancellor is simultaneously subtle and heart-aching. It's achieved in a way which reminds you just how wonderful radio drama, at its very best (as this is) can be.
Visually, nothing can replace the tv series, which so perfectly captured the misery, the meanness, the squalidness of it all and the utterly drab nature of Britain in the late 70s but this audio series is, in its own way, just as good. I have loved listening to the different books on long car journeys, it's like being re-united with old friends and I would recommend these wholeheartedly even though at £50 they are a bit of a luxury.
Call for the Dead
A Murder of Quality
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Looking Glass War
Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy
The Honourable Schoolboy
The Secret Pilgrim
I have arrived at my destination and waited in the car for an appropriate break, these drama's are so good.
Purchasing for a few pounds second hand was a great deal