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The Collected George Smiley Radio Dramas: Eight BBC Full-Cast Productions Starring Simon Russell Beale Audio CD – Audiobook, CD

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 21 pages
  • Publisher: AudioGO Ltd. (Jan. 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408427745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408427743
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 12.7 x 14.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #545,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A radio triumph . . . Simon Russell Beale's pitch-perfect master spy." —Financial Times
--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

About the Author

John le Carré was born in 1931. After attending the universities of Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, his third book, secured him a worldwide reputation. His novel The Constant Gardener was made into a successful film.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful productions May 23 2012
By swordsman007 - Published on Amazon.com
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In the past I've never been much on these sorts of things. The BBC production of Len Deighton's Bomber changed all that. When I saw this I jumped at it, and I was immensely impressed. I had read all of these books years ago, but these dramatizations are a completely different experience. Simon Russell Beale is absolutely wonderful as George Smiley, but he is accompanied by some of Britain's best actors. I think my personal favorite is The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, with Brian Cox as Alec Leamas. I highly recommend these productions. They made me look forward to commuting every day!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good Oct. 18 2012
By it - Published on Amazon.com
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These stories are presented on 21 each one hour CDs. The stories are two or three hours long. The two hour ones are the Looking Glass War, Call for the Dead, and A Murder of quality. The presentation is in stereo and the speakers are spread (most of the time) across the left-right space so you can keep track of them more easily. There are all sorts of background sound effects.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome Feb. 4 2014
By Mangavideo - Published on Amazon.com
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Voice acting is perfect.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great radio dramas June 13 2013
By Treetown - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently re-read many LeCarre novels and because my work sometimes takes me a long drives or flights, I thought this might be fun. Some of the stories are abridged and sometimes interesting details are edited out.
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,