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Description

A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain’s most precious colony, Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s Private Secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is promptly posted overseas.

Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely watched by Probyn’s daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and his duty to the Service. If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, how can he keep silent?

John le Carre was born in 1931 and attended the universities of Bern and Oxford. He taught at Eton and served briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. For the last fifty years he has lived by his pen. He divides his time between London and Cornwall.

©2013 John le Carré (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

Critiques

"One of those writers who will be read a century from now" (Robert Harris)

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  • Tamara
  • 04/08/2013

You will love it !

This novel is not strictly in Le Carre's usual genre of the spy novel but it has the pace and mystery and well written characteristics of his other novels. What sets this one apart is Le Carre's interpretation / reading of his own characters..He really brings them all to life and gets the accents and manerisms just down pat, to the extent that I could easily visualize each and every one of them and felt I knew them all intimately. Obviously he has an advantage in narrating his own work but I would still rate this the best narration of any book I have yet listened to. Somehow his writing has become more subtle and sophisticated with amusing nuances or perhaps it is his interpretation of his material that makes this a truly a great listen. Great story as well.

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  • Sharron
  • 07/02/2014

Not My Favourite

I have read all le Carre's earlier books but this was not what I expected. The plot was weak and the character development poor. That said there was still the mystery and intrigue of old but this will be the last of his books that I read.

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  • Susie
  • 05/11/2013

Excellent

Would you listen to A Delicate Truth again? Why?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emily Probyn,

Have you listened to any of John le Carré’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes I have, a great performance by John

If you could take any character from A Delicate Truth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Giles Oakley, intriguing tales

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a great listen.

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  • Filip
  • 10/05/2018

Very entertaining!

Very entertaining, another great book and reading by John Le Carre - I hope for more books like this one.

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  • Nadav Lev
  • 03/10/2017

grate story

there was a problem with the sound at the beginning, sorted out after a while

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26/07/2017

Good crisp engaging listen.

Narrator was excellent. Provides insights into the privatisation of war. Voice modulation during narration was a welcome change.

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  • Tony
  • 10/10/2016

excellent mystery!

excellent story well read the characters came to life an unhappy ending. will recommend it to my friends.

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  • rustythescamp
  • 01/05/2016

topical political theory..

starts slow.. but builds up.. well read..the makings of a true story.. worth a read

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  • Michele
  • 09/11/2013

I really liked this even though it jumps around

The narration is great, the story is good, I really enjoyed it, old spies, young spies it was a very human story. I enjoyed it very much, John LeCarres voice takes you there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/02/2014

gripping with an uncomfortable open end

A gripping story with and abrupt and uncomfortable open end. Towards the end of the story I became more and more sceptical about the naivety of the acting characters, taking too less precautions, while getting more and more involved in a high level cover up.

Concerning the audio quality:
During the first halve of the audio book I had partly problems understanding the spoken words, because of too many unfiltered hissing noises. Subjectively it got better towards the end.

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  • Lumpi
  • 23/04/2017

There are things you should not want to know

The book plays on the area of conflict between intelligence, foreign office and politics and what will happen if something goes wrong. The question is: Do some of the characters have the conscience and the guts to stand up?
Again, John Le Carré was able to capture my attention throughout the whole read.