The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Downloadable Audiobook - 1978 1963
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Simon Russell Beale stars in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of John le Carré's novel, which introduced his most famous character, George Smiley.

It is 1962: the height of the Cold War and only months after the building of the Berlin Wall. Alec Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead, victims of the ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

Leamas is recalled to London where, to his surprise, instead of being washed up and consigned to a desk he's offered a chance to have his revenge by becoming a pawn in a brilliantly-conceived plot to destroy Mundt. But in order to do so he has to stay out in the cold a little longer...

Starring the award-winning Simon Russell Beale as Smiley, and with a distinguished cast including Brian Cox as Alec Leamas, this tense, compelling dramatisation perfectly captures the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, intricate thriller.

Publisher: New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, [1978] c1963
ISBN: 9781408402450
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 03, 2015

I agree with autnagrag, I was expecting this to be John Le Carre's novel, and it is an abridged radio show. I am not commenting on the quality of the radio show. I was disappointed it was not the novel I was led to expect.

Apr 22, 2013

Something is wrong here. This is probably a radio play, severely abridged. Other readings of the unabridged text of the book the author wrote are 6 or 7 hours in duration. This one is three. Be aware.


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