A Delicate Truth

A Delicate Truth

Audiobook CD - 2013
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"A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far-right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister's personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. Cornwall, UK, 2011. A disgraced Special Forces Soldier delivers a message from the dead. Was Operation Wildlife the success it was cracked up to be-- or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up? Summoned by Sir Christopher ('Kit') Probyn, retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely observed by Kit's beautiful daughter, Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and duty to his Service. If the only thing necessary to the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, how can he keep silent?" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2013
ISBN: 9781611761757
Branch Call Number: CD FICTION LeC, 9 disc
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 630 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 25, 2017

For the audio book, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the author managed the reading. It goes without saying that he knew where the emphasis and inflections need to be placed. However, the author had to deal with various accents and voices - all of which to my untrained ear were carried off magnificently. The author definitely treats some of the characters (Tobey, Emily, and to some extent Sir Christopher) quite sympathetically - so much so that it appears as if the author is walking besides them.

A DELICATE TRUTH is not only an example of John LeCarre's best writing, as read by him, it is one of the best audio book presentations I have ever heard. The nuance of his writing is captured by his voice, in case a reader might missing the inflections on the page. The the multi-leveled characterizations, reflecting the history of all parts of Great Britain in the midst of global politics, where corporations have been encroaching on whatever worthy traits of governments and their representatives have developed over the years, makes our sense of loss more palpable than it ever would be were the events of this book delivered by the news media. Ultimately, it is a love story, one that brings people together who share a love of country and the possibility of honor as circumstances throw them into crisis. A brilliant novel!

Sep 03, 2013

I found it very hard to follow and it didn't seem to have an ending. I only kept going opening it would all come together. Sorry I wasted my time on it.

Jun 15, 2013

Love the book - surprised because I'd read several bad reviews. Wonder how the author keeps up to date so well with current events. One of his 'examples' of US/Britain intelligence activities is now in the news (island = Diego Garcia).


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