Sunday, April 5, 2009
A PERFECT SPY
TITLE: A PERFECT SPY
AUTHOR: JOHN LE CARRE
Details: Audio / 18 Cd's / 20 hours & 58 minutes
Read by: Michael Jayston
"A lot ado about nothing" is how I would describe this book. For a story this long and at times confusing, remarkably little actually happens.
Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna and life-long spy vanishes after attending his father's funeral in England. Pym has been under suspicion of being a double agent for some time and now both the British and the American secret service are desperate to find him, while his wife tries to make sense of the whole situation.
The explanation as to what is going on and why emerges as Pym writes his life story.. Except that for me the life story didn't really explain anything.
If I had been reading this book, I would probably have cast it aside in frustration. Listening to it in fits and starts made staying with the story possible. But I was never really compelled to finish listening to it.