A Legacy of Spies (Unabridged)
by John le Carré
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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré, read by Tom Hollander. This is the first novel in over 25 years to feature George Smiley, le Carré's most beloved character. Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Superbly Written - The Spy Nigel at its best
Thoroughly enjoyed the latest Le Carré epic, escapism via an audio book whilst enduring the daily commute. Seamlessly fits into the Cold War genre, as a purposeful missing piece of the Smiley jigsaw. Hope this goes to prove the viability of taking creative risks by spinning off characters surrounding the main literary protagonist. It's delivered a fresh satisfying believable storyline, spanning retrospective decades. Encore!