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Our Game: Cassette Pack

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  3,739 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
At forty-eight, Tim Cranmer is a secret servant in a premature retirement to deepest rural England. His Cold War is fought and won, and he is free to devote himself to his stately manor house, his vineyard, and his beautiful young mistress, Emma.
Published 1995 by Hodder Headline Audiobooks (first published February 26th 1994)
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Dec 17, 2009 Beejay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-top-shelf
I can't believe that there are people on GR who found this book boring. What is to bore with Le Carré's beautiful writing? What is to bore with a book that teaches so much about the forgotten people, the Ingush, and the intrigues and treachery of Russian politics? What is to bore with the master of the spy novel - no, forget it, I just don't understand such comments.

For me this book was like lovely, almost syrupy, ruby port and the richest fruit cake. I wanted to upend the bottle and guzzle the
May 15, 2008 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"FURIOUS IN ACTION...TAKES US BY THE NECK ON PAGE ONE AND NEVER LETS GO." That's how the Chicago Sun Times describes this book. My own impression: "BORING". The tale could be a good one if fleshed out more, but plot plods along with very little action or suspense. To call this book thrilling would be gross hyperbole. LeCarre tells you about what's happening rather than showing you. Perhaps I'm just too American in my preferences, and the author's dry British style doesn't provide me with enough ...more
Apr 04, 2008 Seth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There was one spot in this book which recalled for me the pleasure I used to find in LeCarre's Smiley novels. But the rest of it did little for me. Immediately afterwards I picked up an Elmore Leonard mystery, and Leonard's lean, pared-down style made LeCarre's wordy and elliptical manner seem a hard slog by comparison. Oh, and once again the main character's wife is running around with another man. Can't this guy write a book without that leitmotif? With Smiley it was at the time a different ki ...more
Feb 27, 2015 SlowRain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Tim Cranmer--a prematurely retired British secret service agent--is asked by both the local police and his former employers about the disappearance of Dr. Larry Pettifer, his childhood acquaintance and long-time double agent against the former Soviet Union. However, not only has Larry disappeared, but also 37 million from the Russian government and Emma, Tim's young girlfriend.

This is my second time through this novel. The first time was almost twenty years ago, when it was first released. Times
Sep 09, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am very impressed with the number of books many of my Goodreads Friends get through in a day compared with me who would be lucky to read the same number in a year. But my holidays from writing are my chance to read. I have to pick my books carefully when I have a break.

Le Carre is perfect holiday reading. This book doesn't disappoint.

Stylishly written, well plotted, and complex, as one would expect. Good treatment of post-Cold War spying though a bit dated now. Doesn't the world change too fas
Oct 27, 2013 Fiona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy-fiction
Read in October / Goodreads defaulting to August 2013. This is the first Le Carre I haven't enjoyed. I kept reading it only because he writes so compellingly that it's hard to stop reading but the storyline became more and more ridiculous and the ending is absurd. I skim read much of it towards the end which is something I very rarely do. I'm a big enough fan that this won't put me off reading more of his work but I am hugely disappointed.

I also have to say that it would be easy to become incre
David Rubin
Nov 06, 2012 David Rubin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Few novelists in the spy genre give character development such high priority and thoughtful treatment as does John le Carre. In Our Game we get to meet and know the primary characters through a lifetime of service and duplicity in the eternal spy vs. spy game.

Read everything you can by John le Carre. You will not be disappointed.
Charles JunkChuck
John le Carre is one of my favorite "guilty pleasure" writers. I'm a sucker for a decently told spy story and he is one of the best, if not the absolute best. Saying that, this book just didn't do it for me. It starts out strong, sort of a slow burn, teasingly handing over tidbits of what's happening rather than smacking us with a big, sudden reveal, and that's cool. The narrator, a an aging, cynical ex-spook turned academic and gentleman vintner, proves marginally unreliable in his role, holdin ...more
Persephone Abbott
I loved reading John Le Carre as a teenager, not to mention watching the BBC series featuring the amazing Sir Alex Guinness from the Cold War 1980's over and over again. After a long period of not reading Le Carre's books, and having just finished reading two "feminist" novels before starting "Our Game", I realized that I what I adored most was the seeking part of the story. I love the idea of breaking into houses and reading people's mail. Of course I don't do this. I love the jettisoning of ca ...more
Sean Sullivan
Though this may be a cliche, Le Carre is one of those writers you either love or hate. I love him. I love the sarcasm and dry british public school wit, and I love the Smiley character (though he doesn't appear in this book). I've been dipping my toes into his books for the last year, but eventually, I am sure I will read all of them.

I've read four LeCarre novels so far, and this is probably my favorite. it is one of his post cold war books, and it is very well done. The book centers around the
a very detailed story of a retired spy master, his 'creature', and his lover all involved in a post-soviet arms smuggling. clever and complex, but way too long.
Carlos Fonseca
Às vezes acontece entrarmos em jogos em que, do outro lado, as cartas estão viciadas. Foi um pouco o que me aconteceu neste “O Nosso Jogo”.

Se não estivesse escarrapachado na capa o nome de John le Carré, eu não acreditava que o autor destas 393 páginas fosse ele. Na contracapa anunciam-nos “um romance de mistério e suspense”, romantismo e tragédia. Falam também da magia que supostamente impregna a obra. E, provavelmente, foi a magia que deu cabo de tudo, apoderando-se, num golpe mágico, da ment
May 02, 2008 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, spy
Not up to his usual standards. The last third was quite tedious
Simon Mcleish
May 01, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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Paul Bartusiak
My reading alternates between the classics and spy novels. Not sure why, but I’ve fallen into that habit. In terms of spy novels over the years, I started with Ian Flemming, then Robert Ludlum, and then for the last few years, John Le Carre (with some Len Deighton and, most recently Charles McCarry thrown in for good measure).

For those unfamiliar with LeCarre, his novels are not necessarily the most instantly accessible. For example, the style of his writing at times makes it difficult to note
Robert Dunlap
Aug 10, 2013 Robert Dunlap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical excellent le Carre fare. This one held extra appeal because it is told in the first person. It also centers on a fascinating area of the world, the Caucasus. Another aspect I enjoy to le Carre is it's like watching Rush's Neil Peart or Larry Bird in slow motion. Even when you know that something is about to happen, or when you're going to experience a twist to your thoughts, or you know the surprise is coming, it still surprises you. It remains hard to track, and DO NOT lose your focus f ...more
Nancy Ellis
Mar 17, 2012 Nancy Ellis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so disappointed in this book! I kept reading, hoping it would get better, but for me it just got worse. I could find absolutely no redeeming qualities in any of the characters or the plot ....not that it's necessary to do that to appreciate a book, but these folks were incredibly self-absorbed idiots "retired" British agents post-Soviet Union "collapse") who were unable to adjust to the real world and continued to degenerate into even more dysfunctional beings, consequently developing mess ...more
Feb 24, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage, fiction
Orginally read in 1997, just re-read in 2008 (I've been home sick with the evil death flu and needed something to read). Its a well written book that, unfortunately, merely rehashes Le Carre's previous plots and characters. "Timothy Cranmer" is just a taller "George Smiley" and the basis for "Larry Pettifer," a Byronic, romantic, idealistic spy, appears in previous books. The premise could have been interesting - two Cold Warriors set out to pasture and face the consequences of their choices - b ...more
Mal Warwick
At the peak of his game, nobody writing espionage novels can match John le Carre. However, like anyone, he can’t always operate with all cylinders firing. The proof of that lies in Our Game, first published in 1995. Though the novel is worth reading for what it reveals about life inside Britain’s intelligence establishment, it falls far short of most of his other works, especially 1963’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, his first novel and still probably his best known.

British espionage from t
Feb 19, 2015 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spies
What's left to believe in, kill for, lie for, in a changing world where the old certainties and the old values that once seemed important prove transient - and what happens when you realise that you've crossed the line and the thing you thought you were defending has got lost along the way?

A retired spy, Larry, vanishes, and it seems that he has got himself involved with a freedom fighting faction in Ingushetia (which sounds like a made-up middle-European kingdom from a pre-war adventure novel,
Jim Leckband
Dec 20, 2014 Jim Leckband rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le Carré's most Conradian novel yet in my sequential reading of his books. There is a feeling of Lord Jim in the story of a double-agent repenting of his ineffectual twenty years of espionage. There is also the notion of the double that occurs a lot in Conrad - of course the "double" agent, but also the fact that the double agent of the story, Larry, is a conduit or a mirror for his two handlers in the West and the East (anything more Conrad than that???).

The novel is masterful as it gradually t
Nov 03, 2009 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, 2009
I feel like some kid of betrayer of The Reading Code, but I'm getting really tired of John LeCarre's books and his "voice". Reading "Our Game" was a real disappointement. For the first 70 or so pages I kept thinking, "Geez, is this guy ever gonna write a different book?" Then LeCarre threw in a neat plot twist which rekindled my interest for about 100 more pages. all just peters out in the end to another world-weary repetition of all his other work.
Jul 19, 2016 Augiemarch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another suspenseful character driven Le Carre novel. I recently finished “A Delicate Truth” and he had a similar setting and characters – a retired spy dealing with things in the past, the present and the future.
LeCarre has a superb writing style, sometimes one gets greater enjoyment from the journey than reaching the destination. There are Le Carre phrases that stop me totally and I have to savior them and think how did he create such a metaphor or piece of descriptive writing.
Our Game is fille
Dec 01, 2014 Durdles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Coming across a pristine hardback edition of this book in a charity shop for 1 seemed like a bargain but having read it I feel a little short-changed. This is a little below par number from the master spy novelist and really only suitable for completists. It is by turns interesting, boring, exciting then boring again. I never felt sympathy for any of the characters who are either completely self-obsessed,repressed homosexuals with a drippy girlfriend that they lust after or violent foreigners fr ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-65-books
I loved the way this book started and thought I was going to really be blown away. Instead, it just seemed to lose momentum as it went along. Even the characters became less interesting as the story progressed. I'm not even sure it is worthy of 3 stars in the end, but there was a time I thought it was headed for 5 stars.
Carl Alves
With the Cold War over, British spy Larry Pettifer and his mistress Emma have fled with 30 Million pounds of the Russian’s money. Both the Brits and the Russians suspect that Larry’s handler, Tim Cranmer knows where he’s at. The only problem is that Tim has no idea where they are at, despite the forces leaning heavily on him to produce the missing pair. Now Tim must elude his pursuers and try to find his friends using the skills he has developed as a spy.

This novel is entirely forgettable. Altho
Feb 01, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. I started out struggling to read it…then it got a little more interesting in plot and character. But by the end I was tired of all the words and no action. I seem to remember really liking the other leCarre books I've read, but it's been a while.
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When am i going to stop reaching out to Le Carre's lesser works? I don't know. I have Thomas Hardy Syndrome with this guy, and it doesn't even have as much payoff as applying Thomas Hardy Syndrome to John Irving.

I felt there was so much promise as Le Carre meticulously set the scene for this post-Cold War spy thriller. Sadly, that promise rather dissipated as the story reached its climax and I was left feeling a little disappointed. The author's writing style is not, of course, everybody's cup of tea _ that much shines through in others’ reviews. I like it however, particularly for its precise use of the English language and its rather cool, detached feel. In the set-up, during which time the plot is ba ...more
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John le Carré, the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born 19 October 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England), is an English author of espionage novels. Le Carré has resided in St Buryan, Cornwall, Great Britain, for more than 40 years, where he owns a mile of cliff close to Land's End.

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