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    George Smiley has become chief of the battered British Secret Service. The betrayals of a Soviet double agent have riddled the spy network, and Smiley wants revenge. He chooses his weapon: Jerry Westerby, "The Honourable Schoolboy", a passionate lover, and a seasoned, reckless secret agent. Westerby is pointed east, to Hong Kong. So begins the terrifying game.

    ©2009 David Cornwell (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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    "All the good things are there: the Balkan complexities of plot; the Dickensian profusion of idiosyncratic characters; and above all, le Carré's glistening social observation." ( Time magazine)

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    • Pita
    • 16/08/2012

    Great story, but not Le Carre's best

    This is an engaging and involving spy story that begins where Tinker Tailor ends. The characterizations are brilliant and the plot intricate and involved. However the plot doesn't capture the reader in the same way as Tinker Tailor or The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and the ending was somewhat predictably disappointing. Michael Jayston once again is absolutely superb reading this story and I can't even imagine reading Le Carre without hearing his voice. Still a good buy for those Le Carre fans, but those wanting to start off on the spy game i would definitely recommend The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and then Tinker Tailor first.

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    • Alan Johnson
    • 05/04/2018

    A ripping yarn!

    I fiund it's complicated twists and turns quite hypnotic. Indeed, I had to listen to some parts a couple of times before I got the drift. However, the story telling is so good, this was no hardship ...

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    • Teresa
    • 11/09/2012

    An important book in the Karla Triology

    What made the experience of listening to The Honourable Schoolboy the most enjoyable?

    Michael Jayston usual excellent performance.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really don't think the plot or the story was as strong as tinker tailor. It is an important in between book in the Karla Triology but I feel the plot got lost somewhere in the middle.

    The was a lot of extra in the middle but just didn't seem to gel together like other Le Carre books.

    Have you listened to any of Michael Jayston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Jayston always gives a top class performance, this book was no different.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, Unlike the previous book it just didnt have the same pull.

    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book but it felt like some vital ingredient was missing. Without ruining the plot for anybody the ending was a complete anti climax.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 24/09/2020

    carré at his peak

    loved every moment, takes you back to a time when the fear and lack of knowledge of China characterised its relationship with the West - fascinating how things have changed so much and yet so little. All intertwined with Soviet intrigue and international drug trafficking, this novel uses the revolutionary South East Asian theater of the early 1970s as a colorful backdrop to a timeless and fast paced spy story.

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    • Karl
    • 27/05/2015

    The honourable story

    A great story! A slow starter I feel, but it grows on you all the way through!

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    • Alistair & Carmel Hill
    • 21/05/2012

    George Smiley - a quintessentially English spook

    Would you listen to The Honourable Schoolboy again? Why?

    I read the book years ago and found this recording gripping

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Deepest English reserve mixed with Asian intrigue. A complex plot that will always stand another listen

    What about Michael Jayston’s performance did you like?

    Well told - handles the complexity well and brings the drama to life.

    Any additional comments?

    Listened to in order - Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy - Honourable Schoolboy - Smilies People. I have always been a fan of the story and the characters. Very English in context with the diminishing place of that country in world affairs whilst its legacy echo is still heard far and wide. A brilliant portrait of context in a world of changing priorities but with real characters and a stunning plot.

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    • THOMAS
    • 03/09/2011

    LeCarre's most literate novel; narrator improves

    I've probably read this novel in print -- oh, I don't know, maybe 20 times. It remains my favourite LeCarre. There are just these little, subtle touches, like referring to the "traditional fake Rosewood veneer" of the CIA ("cousins") offices that are at once sophisticated, witty and exact. Michael Jayston -- who is British -- makes an OK fist of the first part, except that he "does" voices, and his efforts for women make them sound vague and bit daffy, especially Phoebe -- Craw's "little ship". But in the second part of the recording there is just a superb rendition of the scene between Westerby and Charlie Marshal which makes you fortive Mr Jayston the flaws in the rest of his reading.

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    • Brodie
    • 27/11/2010

    Chipper Spy Story

    Great fun overlaid with the musk of the Orient with a damp Emgland as a delightful counterpoint. Almost Boy's Own but Smiley brings it together in a way that takes the smile off your face.

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    • Jan Onderwater aus NL
    • 13/11/2019

    Hoch Spiel in Hong Kong:

    Hoch Spiel in Hong Kong: Chinesen, Chefsache und die Cousins vom Central Intelligence

    Der zweite Roman in der Karla Trilogie von der Meister des Psychologische Thrillers. George Smiley ist zurück aus seine Pensionierung und leitet jetzt „the Circus“. Sein dienst liegt in Trümmern nachdem Bill Haydon als einen Maulwurf in die höchste Regionen des Dienstes aufgeflogen ist, und somit alle vertrauen weg ist. Er muss seinen Geheimdienst rekonstruieren und damit eine erfolgreiche offensive Spionageoperation durchzuführen, um damit den Dienst vor der Demontage durch die Regierung zu bewahren und das gute Verhältnis mit der CIA (The Cousins) wieder her zu stellen.

    Die Handlung spielt in Hauptsachlicht in Hong Kong, Sud-Ost Asien und London, gegen den Hintergrund der letzte tage des Vietnam Kriegs.

    Die Geschichte ist wieder typisch le Carré, ein Ohrenschmaus

    Der Vorleser Michael Jayston, der Fest-vorleser von John le Carré liest diese und die meiste seine Werke vor auf Englisch (alle?) und, ehrlich, das macht er auch sehr sehr gut. Eine angenehme stimme der die Geschichte gut trifft. Seine Aussprache des Englische passt sehr gut bei die Charaktere die er vorliest.
    Es ist ein gutes Vorbild von warum ich Hörbücher liebe, nicht nur ist die Geschichte sehr gut, das vorlesen durch Michael Jayston hat ein Mehrwert der die Geschichte was zufügt.