The Constant Gardener by John le Carré audiobook

The Constant Gardener

By John le Carré
Read by Michael Jayston

Simon & Schuster Audio
17.10 Hours 1
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The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by New York Times bestselling author John le Carré, one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time. The novel opens in northern Kenya with the gruesome murder of Tessa Quayle -- young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin. When Justin sets out on a personal odyssey to uncover the mystery of her death, what he finds could make him not only a suspect among his own colleagues, but a target for Tessa's killers as well. A master chronicler of the betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, John le Carré portrays the dark side of unbridled capitalism as only he can. In The Constant Gardener he tells a compelling, complex story of a man elevated through tragedy, as Justin Quayle -- amateur gardener, aging widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat -- discovers his own natural resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

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Summary

Summary

A London Guardian Pick of Best Books of the 21st Century

A New York Times bestseller

The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by New York Times bestselling author John le Carré, one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.

The novel opens in northern Kenya with the gruesome murder of Tessa Quayle -- young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin. When Justin sets out on a personal odyssey to uncover the mystery of her death, what he finds could make him not only a suspect among his own colleagues, but a target for Tessa's killers as well.

A master chronicler of the betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, John le Carré portrays the dark side of unbridled capitalism as only he can. In The Constant Gardener he tells a compelling, complex story of a man elevated through tragedy, as Justin Quayle -- amateur gardener, aging widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat -- discovers his own natural resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Amazingly seductive, pulling you in deeper all the time.” David Halberstam, New York Times bestselling author
“Le Carré’s narrative…illuminates the tangle of hypocrisy, politics, and passion roiling beneath that steadfast British restraint.” Entertainment Weekly
“A cracking thriller.” Economist
The Constant Gardener reveals a new and far more Dickensian le Carré…His novel unabashedly wears its heart on its sleeve.” New York Times Book Review
The Constant Gardener ranks with The Russia House as the best he has produced since hitting his peak. If this new book is craft rather than art, it is craft of the very highest caliber. It is no mean feat to entertain while also making a reader think. Yet Le Carré pulls this off admirably, weaving together several themes—corporate power, underdevelopment, globalization—that will resonate with a wide audience.” BusinessWeek
“Brilliant.” Washington Post Book World
“Richly detailed, full of righteous fire to offset its desperate prognosis, The Constant Gardener is a very impressive piece of work. It is certainly one of John le Carré’s best books.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Tough-minded, fast-moving, and uncompromising, The Constant Gardener is a tale of personal transformation…eloquent…civilized and forceful.” Boston Globe
“The book breathes life, anger, and excitement.” Observer (London)
“Nobody writing today manipulates suspense better. A powerful moving novel that stands with le Carré’s best. It is, in order words, essential reading.” Sunday Telegraph (London)
“Le Carré has never been angrier or more satisfyingly entertaining.” New York Daily News
The Constant Gardener is not only about the triumph of the gray men who rule the world. It’s also a love story, and as we watch Justin take on his wife’s cause in spite of himself, we realize that there are parts of ourselves that the gray men will never reach.” Booklist (starred review)
“Le Carré’s manifold skills at scene setting and creating a range of fearsomely convincing English characters, from the bluffly absurd to the irredeemably corrupt, are at their smooth peak here. Both The Tailor of Panama and Single and Single were feeling their way toward this wholehearted assault on the way the world works, by a man who knows much better than most novelists writing today how it works. Now subject and style are one, and the result is heart wrenching.” Publishers Weekly
“The most intimate of le Carré’s thrillers since the salad days of George Smiley…at its core the old, familiar story of a decent man driven to avenge the wife he never really knew.” Kirkus Reviews
“When his activist wife is found raped and murdered in a remote part of Kenya, her ineffectual husband, a career diplomat stationed in Nairobi, seeks out those responsible. Many le Carré fans found this new opus a disappointment, but we occasional visitors to his domain of espionage and sleuthing appreciate his elegant style, rich characterization, and Graham Greenish exploration of moral ambiguity. He reads as well as he writes. His sonorous voice and nuanced delivery perfectly complement his authorial personality.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: John le Carré

Author Bio: John le Carré

John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (1931–2020), was an English author of espionage novels. Eight of his novels made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list between 1983 and 2017. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, his third book, secured him a worldwide reputation as one of the greatest spy novelists in history. Numerous major motion pictures have been made from his novels, as well as several television series. After attending the universities at Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service, serving briefly in British Intelligence during the Cold War. Being a member of MI6 when he wrote his first novel, Call for the Dead (1961) in Hamburg, it necessitated the use of a nom de plume, by which he continued to be known. His writing earned him several honorary doctorate degrees and the Somerset Maugham Award, the Goethe Medal, and the Olof Palme Prize.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 17.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English