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Leaves me feeling angry and ashamed.
Other reviewers have written many words of well deserved praise for everyone involved in the brave world-wide release of the Panama Papers, not least 'John Doe' and the two journalists/ authors. I can't improve on these. I think this book should now be compulsory reading within schools and universities, as a reminder of how these despicable financial practices line the bottomless pockets of the 1% uber-rich. This being at the cost of the rest of us-the 99%, many of whom live in abject poverty because of the theft of revenue from their government's coffers. Maybe this level of constant exposure would bring the subject back to the attention of the public where it belongs, and should remain, until off-shore tax havens are abolished forever.
Why has it all now disappeared from public attention (i.e.Newspapers and TV) in the UK when many of the worst offenders operate from British territories? As the novel explains, this is because many of the uber-rich have now bought into our newspapers and media (and those in other countries too) to ensure that we all eventually forget to keep an eye on exactly what respective governments are doing to end what is, in any language, tax evasion!
No wonder I'm angry and ashamed as a result of listening to the Panama Papers, one of the best buys from Audible...ever!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Such an original and enjoyable lead character
I really, really liked the Mike Daley lead character. A brilliant composite of former priest and partner in a leading law firm who goes it on his own in the world of criminal law He's no hero at all in the physical sense and worries about his parked car and his own well-being BUT he's very refreshing and believable. The narrator does a stunningly good job of his character and is really good throughout. The whole thing though was let down by some not inconsiderable weaknesses in the plot and I think the courtroom dialogue became a bit repetitious and implausible. Still I liked it so much overall that I'll take a chance on the next one!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
More Like 'Shot Through The Foot' when I bought it
I've already wasted precious hours and a credit on this book so I'll keep my review brief and to the point. It started promisingly but for me, it didn't live up to other readers' more enthusiastic reviews and descended into puerile rubbish. Almost totally implausible characters, none of which I cared a jot about by the painful end. Plot began well but that became a perfect pairing of implausibility too. All SO awful that I struggle to make any sense of it and life's too short to venture back in there to find out. Had to finish it though or I wouldn't have felt qualified to give this review.
The reviews make for better reading than the novel
For me this book was a big mistake. I already listened to 'Whiskey in Small Glasses' which was pretty good, very different and the reviews were a good guide. Not so this time though. The plot was good but the whole thing rapidly descended into absurdity and I really struggled to finish it.
I got more out of the reviews than the book. Onward and upward!
Bit like an adult themed Panto!
I really thought I was going to enjoy this one but then it just got too trite and implausible for my taste. Well produced (a bit heavy on the music at times) and all narrators were very good but I ended up not caring a great deal whether I finished the book or not -but I did. Won't be bothering with Parts 2 and 3.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Total absence of credibility. Absurd and brutal.
I managed to get about two thirds through this load of gory rubbish before I gave up. Generally this novel just made me feel pretty stupid for having reading beyond the first few chapters because from that point on it just deteriorated. The author has simply substituted explicit brutality for a plausible and intelligent plot.
So enjoyed this-until the last few chapters!
Very gripping and intriguing story-line which was well written and well read. The plot was credible and I was so looking forward to the unravelling of it. Then for me it lost all credibility and became very close to absurd for the last few chapters. What a HUGE disappointment. If I hadn't enjoyed it so much for the majority of the novel, I would have asked for a 'refund'.
Started well then went relentlessly downhill
What disappointed you about You're Next?
It began so well and I was really hopeful for this novel. I'd just bought this book and 'The Survivor' by Gregg Hurwitz in a 2 for 1 deal. A promising plot unfolded and then it all became so implausible. Standing room only full of unbelievable characters and crammed full of endless, exaggerated family issues, American pie style! The ending was so sycophantic and quite ridiculous too. Torture is a word that comes to mind.
Hats off to Jeff Harding who does a credible job with the narration, as always.
What will your next listen be?
Not another Gregg Hurwitz.
What a Total Bore!
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I have suffered this novel until my patience ran out. I really don't care what happens over the last 6 chapters because faulty tea machines, bad tea and coffee, bacon butties and seemingly endless chapters almost totally given over to mindless and boring chit-chat don't work for me. I can't comment on the plot etc because there simply hasn't been enough of one. I'll be getting a refund on this one.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sorry Jo- Just Too O.T.T. for me.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I am such a Jo Nesbo and Harry Hole fan that I simply can't bring myself to criticise this book in detail. I just can't give it more than 3 stars either. I'll go back and listen yet again to all of the other Harry novels in my library-especially Police- and be content. Maybe Jo will do another one for us, PLEASE, and next time it won't be so over-the-top.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful