Gripping story, very good reader.
A few dark passages though. I must have missed out a few details that might have been easier to check in book form. I guess I shall give it a second listening after some time, in order to get the complete background picture. It certainly is worth it: the prose style is beautiful, and there are layers of world wisdom under the overlying action story. Only the sentimental bits are a little tedious and unconvincing, that`s why I gave only four stars.
The story itself is a complex one, with not only one villain but a whole bunch of them, and not only one heroic secret agent but several rivalling English and American outfits of "espiocrats" lurking in the background, treading on each other's toes and sometimes betraying each other. We get a deeply unnerving glimpse into to spy business and into the world of big international crime connections, including bankers, lawyers, politicians, aristocrats, company executives and so on.
It is a deeply unnerving glimpse of the (almost) real world. Edward Snowden is there to confirm it all.