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The Collaborator Audiobook

The Collaborator

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Publisher's Summary

Deadlier than the Mafia, the Camorra never forget, and never forgive.

She is an Italian accountancy student in London, and her boyfriend Eddie teaches at a language school. But the prime reason Immacolata Borelli came to Britain was to look after her gangster brother, wanted for multiple murders back home in Naples.

For the Borelli clan are major players in the Camorra, a crime network more close-knit and ruthless than the Sicilian Mafia.

Mario Castrolami is a senior Carabinieri investigator of the Camorra, his career dedicated to destroying the corruption and violence of the clans. When Immacolata calls from London to say she is prepared to collaborate with justice - to betray her own family - he knows she is setting in motion a terrifying and unpredictable series of events.

The Borellis will not lose their criminal empire without a vicious fight. They will use anything and anyone to prevent her from giving evidence against them. Even Eddie, and Eddie's life.

©2009 Gerald Seymour (P)2010 WF Howes Ltd

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    James Boston, United Kingdom 03/03/2011
    James Boston, United Kingdom 03/03/2011
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    "Stick it out, it's worth it"

    I give this book four stars rather than five that it could have had from me, not because of the writing, but for the audio production. Here's why: the book is written in a style that is not at linear. Rather it's written in slices that shift rapidly back and forth between parallel scenes happening simultaneously in different parts of the world. It's more like peeling back the layers of an onion than reading a straightforward narrative. The producer doesn't leave enough time between vignettes to give the listener adequate warning that you've shifted in time and place. It's not the narrator's fault or the author's, it's just a quirk of the recording. HOWEVER, if you stick it out for the first 3 hours you'll get used to it, it's worth it. The story is great, complex, compelling and a rare look at longstanding Balkan hatreds, western indifference, arms dealers and governmental hubris. A really great book that requires diligence. I recommend listening in long stretches at a time to get into the rhythm of it. Perfect for a long drive or daily long commutes.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    claire sampson Berkhamsted, Herts United Kingdom 01/09/2013
    claire sampson Berkhamsted, Herts United Kingdom 01/09/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"
    What did you like most about The Collaborator?

    As usual, a great plot and beautifully written.Gerald Seymour never fails to impress. And the narration by Laurence Kennedy could not have been bettered.A really excellent audio production.


    Have you listened to any of Laurence Kennedy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have never heard a performance by Laurence Kennedy before but thought this was wonderful.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. R. Johns S.Wales 07/04/2013
    Mr. R. Johns S.Wales 07/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Seymour at his best"

    I have been reading Gerald Seymour Books since his very first novel. I don't recall ever reading a Seymour novel that hasn't gripped me from start to finish. This is my sixth Seymour novel on Audiobook and they have all been top notch and in all probability will get the books I read many years ago to listen to on Audiobook. This particular novel, The Collaborator really is an excellent read, or should I say listen. Seymour fans will not be disappointed by this offering. Long may he reign!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SL 10/03/2015
    SL 10/03/2015 Listener Since 2011
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    "Good story but oh the pronunciation!"

    Couldn't the narrator have taken the trouble to check the pronunciation of the few Italian words he had to pronounce? He massacred the language! A little professional pride and a little research would have prevented him ruining his performance. It really was irritating and painful to listen to and completely spoilt what was a good book. And it's not as if Italian is an obscure and unknown language which nobody speaks in England
    The story was gripping, well written and researched and full of detail. Pity about the narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Isabelle United Kingdom 26/12/2014
    Isabelle United Kingdom 26/12/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but overlong."

    I like the story and I listened all the way through because I really wanted to know how it would play out. However, the book was about twice as long as it needed to be. I got through it by playing the second half at 1.25x normal speed.

    The narrator has a great voice and was very good at different voices and accents, though why Italians speaking Italian in Italy need to portrayed as having an accent is beyond me. Unfortunately he read as though he had no idea what the next word would be, often stripping the sentence of it's meaning.

    Not bad enough to request a refund, but I won't be buying any more by this writer or narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DJ 11/09/2013
    DJ 11/09/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "Rpetitive bile"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like to here the same description many times


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gerald Seymour again?

    No


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Laurence Kennedy?

    I woundn't


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes you shouldn't always buy an audio book just because of the reviews


    Any additional comments?

    Very lazy using swear words when there are so many others to choose from i.e. a bastard drop

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Worsley, United Kingdom 21/08/2013
    Ms Worsley, United Kingdom 21/08/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Collaborator the most enjoyable?

    Narrator was marvellous, am now seeking out other books read by him


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this so much am now both reading and listening to authors other works. Highly recommended

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    Peter 23/12/2012
    Peter 23/12/2012
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    "An out of the ordinary thriller"

    Pretty well gripped me from the off, this one. Stimulating to have central characters that didn't follow familiar stereotypes and a plot that twisted and turned to arrive at an unexpected ending. It required a degree of concentration to keep up with the time and scene shifts, but this did serve to keep my attention. A good value length too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr East Horsley, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Dr East Horsley, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2015

    I'm an audible addict!

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    "Seymour at his best"

    I'm a keen fan of Gerald Seymour and have read several of his books set in the Middle East.

    I had not read this one and the setting in Naples and Rome as well as London was much more familiar and immediately recognisable. This made the thriller all the more fascinating as I could picture the settings.

    His story telling is always interesting and varied and he weaves together several apparently different strands in a magical way. An excellent story which was very believable and kept me interested to the very end. I thoroughly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seamus 28/04/2011
    Seamus 28/04/2011 Member Since 2016
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    "a real good thriller"

    One of the best crime thrillers of recent times.

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  • Merle
    Midrand, South Africa
    17/05/12
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    "innocence and ignorance shattered"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Collaborator to be better than the print version?

    definitely, because long novels are too demanding on leisure time. I work while I listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the ordinary innocent person caught up in another's crisis because of a love bond could be any of us, the reader cannot help wondering "what would I have done?"


    Have you listened to any of Laurence Kennedy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, I enjoyed his performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    love is blind


    Any additional comments?

    Gerald Seymour is definitely one of the 'greats'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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