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The Birthday Girl Audiobook

The Birthday Girl

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Publisher's Summary

Tony Freeman rescued Mersiha when she was fighting for her life in war-torn Yugoslavia. Now she is his adopted daughter, the perfect all-American girl - and the past is another country. Or so it seems. But Mersiha has been trained to kill. And when she discovers that Freeman's company is subject to a sinister takeover bid, she decides to help. Whatever the risks. The consequences of her actions are lethal - for Mersiha has unearthed a conspiracy of terrifying proportions....

©1995 Stephen Leather (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Paul Harrison Hertfordshire, UK 11/08/2014
    Paul Harrison Hertfordshire, UK 11/08/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story, Poor Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Birthday Girl the most enjoyable?

    Good story line, pace kept moving along, believable characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The building up to Mersia ( the main character in the story) telling about her past.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Narrator tried to put on voices for the characters and failed miserably. He clearly has no idea what a 15 year old girls sounds like and the italian and russian accents he attempts are just awful and seem to fade out within the same sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can put up with the Narrator, this is a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Mascott 13/06/2015
    D. Mascott 13/06/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Unusual story line"

    An unusual story line. Fairly fast paced and quite exciting. The ending I found a little implausible

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Flower Girl Surrey UK 18/10/2014
    Flower Girl Surrey UK 18/10/2014 Member Since 2015

    Flower Girl

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    "Just couldn't listen to the narrator any longer"

    I listen to audible books every day and of course I have my favourite narrators...doesn't everyone? Occasionally I decide, having listened to the sample, that a new narrator is worth a try...sometimes I come across a real gem...but not with Martyn Read I'm afraid. Very shortly into the story I found his "female" voice so irritating I had to delete the book! Happily, the other Stephen Leather book I have is read by Sean Barrett so I will listen to that instead. :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Kew, United Kingdom 11/10/2014
    Colin Kew, United Kingdom 11/10/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Shockingly bad"

    I tried twice to listen to this but gave up both times. The story is one of those where the characters are always lighting and putting out cigarettes every thirty seconds because the writer can't think of anything else for them to do - never a good sign. Everything about it comes across as implausible and the narrator's accents are dreadful. In short, it's completely unlistenable and you should give it a miss if you have any taste whatsoever.

    That said, maybe it gets better after the first half hour. ;^)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi 21/08/2014
    Heidi 21/08/2014
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    "A riveting listen"
    What did you like most about The Birthday Girl?

    The excitement and anticipation of wondering what was going to happen next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The contrast between the current life of a normal US teenager and the violent past she experienced.


    What about Martyn Read’s performance did you like?

    All of it, the gentle Scottish accent and the way he could differentiate between the different characters, including a teenage girl.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long for that. Daily instalments were fine.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Stephen Leather as an author and this was the first one of his books I listened to as an audible book. I really enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. T. J. Baker 20/08/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "TawdryI did not enjoy this book at all."

    Not 1 ot the characters to me seemed real or plausible. The story was that of a bad soap opera. I never ever give up on a book , but this 1 I kept looking at the timer to see how long I'd got before it came to an end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jholmes 03/09/2016
    Jholmes 03/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Probably his best yet!"

    The Bosnian war was a messy affair, and an attempt at genocide from many view points. Being involved in carnage dulls the normal responses if the brain, so sweeting a refugee from a nightmare as the strong central character was bold and innovative.
    Interesting, thought provoking with believable flawed characters. More sex than in other books, but it served to highlight both coping strategies and inner strength to deal with loss.
    I thought that The Chinaman and the Tunnel Rats were two of his best most engrossing books, but this must certainly rank up with them.
    As always, you won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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