The Constant Gardener

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Written By: John Le Carre

Narrated By: John Le Carre

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: August 2012

Duration: 17 hours 7 minutes


Frightening, heartbreaking, and exquisitely calibrated, John le Carré's new novel opens with the gruesome murder of the young and beautiful Tessa Quayle near northern Kenya's Lake Turkana, the birthplace of mankind. Her putative African lover and traveling companion, a doctor with one of the aid agencies, has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa's much older husband, Justin, a career diplomat at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive.

A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carré portrays, in The Constant Gardener, the dark side of unbridled capitalism. His eighteenth novel is also the profoundly moving story of a man whom tragedy elevates. Justin Quayle, amateur gardener and ineffectual bureaucrat, seemingly oblivious to his wife's cause, discovers his own resources and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.


  • Anonymous

    Don't listen to this book if you are driving on a long commute. You'll be asleep behind the wheel in five minutes or less.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Roman S

    Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought provoking, well developed characters. A book for adults. Narrator did a great job jumping between characters.

  • Anonymous

    Snoozer, not an interesting reader, and couldn't get past the voice to enjoy the story. Good luck if you do...hope it is rewarding!!

  • Anonymous

    This book was the slowest story I have ever read or listened to . Good luck.

  • Anonymous

    I am so disappointed in this book. I couldn't even get through the first hour. I really wanted to like the story, but the narrator was so boring that I almost fell asleep.

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