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Dead Line Audiobook

Dead Line

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Publisher's Summary

MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle is summoned to a meeting with her boss, Charles Wetherby, head of the Service's Counter-Espionage Branch. His counterpart over at MI6 has received alarming intelligence from a high-placed Syrian source.

The future of the whole of the Middle East is at stake and the deadline for action is drawing ever closer....

©2008 Stella Rimmington; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd

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    Steven Valencia, Spain 25/10/2013
    Steven Valencia, Spain 25/10/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Almost flawless reading of an almost flawless book"

    Traditionally female narrators have been disliked by audio book fans. Maggie Mash should put an end to that. She is almost flawless. The one tiny niggle is that she reads a little slowly for my liking. Her cast of voices however is wide and consistent with every character firmly rooted in place and time. Men sound like men and women like women. Which is not true of all narrators.

    Americans sound realistically American not just American-ish same for Israelis etc etc . Regional British accents are pulled off well as are Scottish accents. None of which fall in to parody. Although again some people might find it a little slow especially in the last act where things start warming up.

    All this is important because the plot of Dead Line is complex and international. A bad reader could have spoiled what is an intricate and engaging book. I found the world of office politics and the blending of professional spy life and personal life very convincing. Although I would have been happy with an (even more) low key ending.
    If you like Len Deightons Berlin game you will like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bogdan East Molesey, United Kingdom 15/01/2010
    Bogdan East Molesey, United Kingdom 15/01/2010 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow Start but worth it."

    This was one of those books you struggle to settle with initially I think the reason for this could lie in the fact you are introduced to large number of characters very quickly and establishing who is the central one is frustrating.
    I did listen to the first 30mins and gave up until much later, when i have to say it was well worth going back to. Its well written well narrated and reveals itself as a very high quality piece of work which you would expect from such a renowned author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scottish D Scotland 10/08/2012
    Scottish D Scotland 10/08/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "Not The Best Written Thriller"

    In 2004 Stella Rimington published her first novel, "At Risk". I vaguely remembered enjoying it and hadn't heard much from her until I saw "Dead Line" on Audible. Both books are part of the "Liz Caryle" series - the first and fourth respectively. Unfortunately "Dead Line" was sadly lacking the qualities of a classic thriller. The first part of the two part download kept my interest. However, with over 3 hours left of the second part I found myself getting a bit restless and just wanting things to speed up and end. By this stage the plot ceased to be gripping and any twists were simple and minor. I also sometimes have problems with thrillers written by women and this author falls into the trap of others by describing the emotions and love-life of the main (female character) in such a way that may appeal to some woman but not to some men such as myself. Overall an fairly enjoyable enough thriller that ultimately fails to deliver the punches that so many other authors can do. After "Dead Line" I'm reluctant to continue reading any more of the "Liz Caryle" series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 29/10/2009
    Alan Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom 29/10/2009
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    "A bit naive"

    Disappointing. As Dame Stella Rimington was DG of MI6 I expected something better. This story is na?ve and cumbersome.

    If you like thrillers don't bother, if you like Mills and Boon this might just do it for you.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Inga 24/08/2015
    Inga 24/08/2015
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    "Awful voices!"

    This is the first book I have heard read by Maggie Mash. Her narration of the story is effective - but the voices are AWFUL! Every character sounds as though they have had a minor stroke and I found it very distracting, as it really disturbs the flow. And is also very weird.

    This is a good book - Liz Carlyle is a believable character, and the scenarios are engaging.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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