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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-18

Just didn't enjoy this

Nope... A combination of narrator and story. I struggled through it, but never felt for the characters or for the 'need' of the plot - this last can be so important if the characterisation is complex...

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Utterly brilliant. Fabulous. Gosh.

I have totally fallen for the 'slough house' series and this one is just as good as the earlier novels. These are brilliantly crafted, witty, sardonic thrillers which take john le carre's precision in observation, plot and character and add some very familiar 21st century flaws, some inter-departmental politics and bureaucracy, and a good dose of wit (scattered with the occasional juvenilia).
Mick Herron, you are a genius. I have nearly 400 audible titles and have posted a review for a handful (of the wonderful or awful). So I hope that statistic gives some perspective to my enthusiasm for the Slough House series. Voiced by the outstanding Sean Barrett, what is not to like??

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Too graphic,

I really wish I hadn't bothered to keep on with this one. In fact, I wish I had returned it. Repeated, detailed, descriptions of graphic psychological and physical domestic violence and a hope free storyline. Why would anyone buy this? I won't make this mistake again.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

That's fourteen hours I won't get back

I am actually annoyed with myself that I bothered to finish this title. Boyishly written, terribly plotted, and with characters that one just can't care about. Don't waste your credit on this. Honestly, don't. Save them for a Nesbo or Deaver.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-17

Gripping stuff!

Gosh such a good listen! Avoids so many pitfalls of a tale so reliant on dialogue . The two detectives are brilliant, a woman so tough she'll rust and a likeable junior partner! Great. I don't do many reviews, only for 5 star listens.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Ohhhh SUCH a great listen!!!

The Slough House series gets better and better! The characters are so well drawn that every moment of plot is perfect, inextricable and inevitable. Wonderful. Witty. Compelling. Carre-esque....
Brilliant. More please Mr Herron...

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Timeless, gripping, classic!

A brilliant novella. Maigret is entirely bed bound through out, and we are totally kept guessing until the final scene. Although we are lured into several red herrings along the way! Great stuff. Very atmospheric too, of the period, of small town France, and of the tensions and dependencies between professional men working in the same town all their lives. Secrets deeply hidden. I really enjoyed Mrs Maigret's role in this too. Relaying information, making calls to be overheard in the hotel lobby, and busying herself in her apron throughout.
Brilliant, very characterful. So much better than so many contemporary best sellers in audible crime section!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-16

Such a great listen

Its the mix of the styles of May's prose and Forbes' narration that makes this such a great listen. Gripping, but like Gunn and Maclean calm, introspective, at the pace of the rain and the squalls. I loved it. So much to discover, from the opening page, right through.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-16

Great story

This series has evolved so well. This is is a complex plot, entwined in a family riven with personality disorders, dominated by a matriarch to whom the truth is a stranger. Add in 'ex'-es accidental deaths, mysterious circumstances and Havers's burning passion to solve and resolve, against the confines of the her position and employer, and the Lynley/Havers series continues to strengthen in maturity and complexity. A great listen.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-16

utterly brilliant!

Promised Land has a really interesting structure - beginning with an execution situation (death row) that drew me in, and then following the protagonist closely every hour of the day. But what was so brilliant, was Hewson's writing, which made the personalities of the main character and his companion so convincing,and their experiences over the few days of the unfolding plot, Utterly compelling. The calm,passive life world of Biers, and his sardonic wit and weary cynicism, were brought out by details - opening a new style of beer can - and I was on his side from the start! I listened to it, ....and listened to it again straight away, it was so good!

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