The Pigeon Tunnel by John le Carré audiobook

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life

By John le Carré
Read by John le Carré

Penguin Audio 9780735220775
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“Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur — by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy.” -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times The New York Times bestselling memoir from John le Carré, the legendary author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now an Emmy-nominated television series starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available. From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth; visiting Rwanda’s museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide; celebrating New Year’s Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command; interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev; listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov; meeting with two former heads of the KGB; watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People; or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood. Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer’s journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

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Summary

Summary

A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2016 Selection

A Publishers Weekly Best Audiobook of 2016

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A New York Times Bestseller

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016

“Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur — by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy.” -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

The New York Times bestselling memoir from John le Carré, the legendary author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SpyThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold; and The Night Manager, now an Emmy-nominated television series starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. John le Carré’s new novel, A Legacy of Spies, is now available.


From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carré has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carré is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels. Whether he's writing about the parrot at a Beirut hotel that could perfectly mimic machine gun fire or the opening bars of Beethoven’s Fifth; visiting Rwanda’s museums of the unburied dead in the aftermath of the genocide; celebrating New Year’s Eve 1982 with Yasser Arafat and his high command; interviewing a German woman terrorist in her desert prison in the Negev; listening to the wisdoms of the great physicist, dissident, and Nobel Prize winner Andrei Sakharov; meeting with two former heads of the KGB; watching Alec Guinness prepare for his role as George Smiley in the legendary BBC TV adaptations of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Smiley’s People; or describing the female aid worker who inspired the main character in The Constant Gardener, le Carré endows each happening with vividness and humor, now making us laugh out loud, now inviting us to think anew about events and people we believed we understood.

Best of all, le Carré gives us a glimpse of a writer’s journey over more than six decades, and his own hunt for the human spark that has given so much life and heart to his fictional characters.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Always insightful, frequently charming, and sometimes sobering, the memorable tales told by master storyteller le Carré about his life will surely delight both longtime fans and newcomers. Publishers Weekly  
For all the cinematic glamour of le Carré's experiences, reflections on the workaday realities of fiction writing may provide the most engaging aspect of this colorful valediction. A satisfying recollection of a literary life well-lived. Kirkus Reviews
Looking back on a life rich enough to spawn multiple globe-spanning novels...le Carré showcases his grand, cinematic sense of place and...the ineffable quality that defines a professional raconteur....The inviting, drinks-beside-the-fire style from a master of the craft never overtakes the details of le Carré's remarkable life or his strong insider's opinions on issues of geopolitical import since World War II. Library Journal, starred review
The Pigeon Tunnel contains what le Carré calls 'tiny bits of history caught in flagrante,' all of them borrowed from the lived experience of a novelist whose career has more closely resembled that of a war correspondent than a literary celebrity....Spies are le Carré’s preferred subject, but through them he grapples with larger human truths that transcend the cloak-and-dagger underworld. The American Scholar
“The name ‘John le Carré’ attracts the audience, but it’s David Cornwell confiding in us here, as if over dinner, then chatting long into the evening over snifters of brandy, or, as he unspools memories of Russia, glasses of vodka. Associated Press
At the moment a new generation is stumbling upon his work, le Carré is still writing at something close to the top of his game. . . . [He] has not lost his ability to sketch, in a line or two, an entire character. Dwight Garner, The New York Times Magazine
The narrative dominoes fall with masterly precision. . . . As ever, le Carré’s prose is fluid, carrying the reader toward an inevitable yet nail-biting climax. Olen Steinhauer, The New York Times Book Review (front page)
Gorgeous writing. It’s sophisticated storytelling at its very best. USA Today
Le Carré is...at full power with a book that draws on a career’s worth of literary skill and international analysis. No other writer has charted—pitilessly for politicians but thrillingly for readers—the public and secret histories of his times. The Guardian (UK)
Le Carré is fiercely modern. . . . a confluence of styles, voices, approaches . . . A novel that beckons us beyond any and all expectations. The Washington Post
Well-wrought . . . A sharply sketched gallery of characters. The Wall Street Journal
Timelier than ever. The New York Times
The Pigeon Tunnel is the literary equivalent of a long night spent in the company of a grand storyteller, who has saved up a lifetime of his best tales to share with you over several rounds of fine scotch. The collection leaves the impression of a man who has gone to impossible lengths for his words, bringing the farthest reaches of the globe, some of its cruelest inhabitants, and a small handful of genuine heroes back home for all of us. Entertainment Weekly
“This incisive and witty memoir, by the man who long ago set the gold standard for modern espionage novelists, is a glittering treasure chest of great stories. The Seattle Times, "The Best Books of 2016"
One of the NP99: National Post’s best books of 2016
Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur — by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“John le Carré gives a virtuoso reading of his own memoir…Le Carré’s natural voice has a dark woodwind timbre and in mood ranges from amiable to indignant to melancholic…Le Carré shows himself to be a master of impersonation, giving marvelous versions of Margaret Thatcher, Yasser Arafat, Foreign Office pooh-bahs, miscellaneous Russians, and other exotics…This production delivers a wonderfully engaging dimension of voice.” Washington Post
[Le Carré] is a polished raconteur, with an actor’s protean self-presentation, gifts of pace and timing, aptitude for entrances and exits. Wall Street Journal
An illuminating, self-effacing and pleasurable inquiry into le Carré’s creative process, offering globe-spanning thrills of a different, but no less captivating kind than those associated with the novels. USA Today
“[Le Carré] is a polished raconteur, with an actor’s protean self-presentation, gifts of pace and timing, aptitude for entrances and exits.” Wall Street Journal
“An illuminating, self-effacing, and pleasurable inquiry into le Carré’s creative process, offering globe-spanning thrills of a different but no less captivating kind than those associated with the novels.” USA Today
“Recounted with the storytelling élan of a master raconteur—by turns dramatic and funny, charming, tart and melancholy.” New York Times
“The name ‘John le Carré’ attracts the audience, but it’s David Cornwell confiding in us here, as if over dinner, then chatting long into the evening over snifters of brandy, or, as he unspools memories of Russia, glasses of vodka.” Associated Press
“Spies are le Carré’s preferred subject, but through them he grapples with larger human truths that transcend the cloak-and-dagger underworld.” American Scholar magazine
“The inviting, drinks-beside-the-fire style from a master of the craft never overtakes the details of le Carré‘s remarkable life or his strong insider’s opinions on issues of geopolitical import since World War II.” Library Journal (starred review)
“John le Carré offers listeners a delightful treat with an engaging narration of his memoir…Listeners may feel as though they are nestled into a wingback chair with a glass of Scotch, sitting across from the great storyteller himself and hearing him recount amazing encounters from around the world. His Russian accents are as perfectly delivered as his deadpan humor. Whether or not listeners are familiar with le Carré‘s fiction, his memoir is captivating and exciting. Settle in and enjoy the smooth, velvety sound of a master as he delivers his own story. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: John le Carré

Author Bio: John le Carré

John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell, is an English author of espionage novels. After attending the universities at Berne and Oxford, he taught at Eton and spent five years in the British Foreign Service. 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. In 2011 his novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was made into a feature film starring Gary Oldman. Le Carré has more than twenty titles to his name and lives in Cornwall, Great Britain.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 11.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English