The Collected George Smiley Radio Dramas: Eight BBC Full-Cast Productions Starring Simon Russell Beale Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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The stories are abridged and simplified somewhat in order to make them fit into the time limits. Also radio cannot show things visually and these things are even spoken or missing. One example is the missing portion of the Tinker Tailor story when Smiley steps in a water puddle that is deep enough to submerge his shoes and fill them with water. Some things are described verbally, such as Peter using a sports car to transport Smiley to Oliver's home. Some poetic license has been taken to slightly alter the stories. One example is where Irena and Boris are in Hong Kong instead of Spain.
All in all, These stories are just as entertaining as the book and the dramatizations made fifteen or more years ago (as opposed to the more recent dramatizations that are terrible). I find that listening to them with headphones is more entertaining because I feel that I am there with the people.
Simon Russel Beal almost sounds identical to Alex Guiness.
The cast of characters are likewise cast perfectly and use the perfect balance of dark emotion and level enunciation to create gripping stories that measure up to the Hollywood productions starring Guiness and Oldman
The Ambient sound effects are just right and add to the superb visualization that unfolds as the scenes play out
Word of recommendation, listen to these at night or in the dark with a good stereo system or a good set of Headphones. If you are burning it, be sure to do it lossless in ALAC (ITunes), WAV or FLAC. If possible, listen by a fire
I don't give 4 star Rating very often, but this set is everything I was hoping it to be.
Many of these stories have been made into TV series or movies: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Smiley's People, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,
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