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  • Forever and a Day

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Matthew Goode
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. 'We have no choice. We're just going to bring forward this other chap you've been preparing. But you didn't tell me his name.' 'It's Bond, sir,' the Chief of Staff replied. 'James Bond.' One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It's time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. It's time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Iconic Legend is Born

  • By Simon on 02-06-18

Instant Classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-18

If you like Bond you'll love this especially if you are a fan of early Bond. This introduces him as 007 and has all the pace, plot, character and action that you will ever need. Perfect!

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  • Dead If You Don't

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award-winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don't. Shortly after Kipp Brown and his teenage son, Mungo, arrive at the Amex stadium for their team's biggest-ever football game, Mungo disappears. A short while later Kipp receives a text with a ransom demand and a warning not to go to the police if he and his wife want to see their son alive again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action Man Grace!

  • By Simon on 18-05-18

Solid Procedural

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I know it sounds like faint praise but this is a solid police procedural punctuated by chapters with (imho) unnecessary date and time stamps that add to the feeling of 'novel by process'. It's a good enough story and well narrated with okay but fairly two dimensional characters and good for an undemanding 12 hours.

  • London Rules

  • Slough House, Book 5
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

London rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one. Cover your arse. Regent's Park's First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way. Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he's facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote and now has his sights set on Number 10; from the showboat's wife, a tabloid columnist who's crucifying Whelan in print; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who's alert for Claude's every stumble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping. Brilliantly entertaining.

  • By Belinda on 09-02-18

Cover your back...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

So - Mick Herron has written a brilliant series and this is another superbly plotted read. The story is excellent and the narration is outstanding. I can only recommend the entire series to you and advise you to read them all in order and in quick succession. They are all dry, laconic, exciting and very, very funny. Question: who would play Jackson Lamb in a movie or TV series? Brian Cox? Not my problem but I would love to see the books filmed.

  • Spook Street

  • Slough House, Book 4
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. And he's not as defenceless as they might think. Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man. 'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of no-hopers at Slough House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another scorcher

  • By K on 04-10-17

Slough House History Lesson

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This is a great story set in the modern day but fills in some much needed 'OB' cold war back story with River Cartwright always threatening to be frustrated but great until a spot of family trouble totally messes up his day. Jackson Lamb is as repellent, grotesque and wonderful as ever. This is a classic example of the famous Larkin line about your parents - even if you never knew your father he can still mess you up! Terrific entertainment.

  • The List

  • A Slough House Novella
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Dieter Hess, an aged spy, is dead, and John Bachelor, his MI5 handler, is in deep, deep trouble. Death has revealed that the deceased had been keeping a secret second bank account - and there's only ever one reason a spy has a secret second bank account. The question of whether he was a double agent must be resolved, and its answer may undo an entire career's worth of spy secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mick herron and Sean Barrett a marriage made in heaven

  • By veronica on 27-07-17

Spook Street Quickie

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This is a lovely little 'amuse bouche' between main courses. John Bachelor is nobody's leading man but this is more than compensated for by the deliciously devious 'Lady Di' who is on top form - as usual. Well worth a credit.

  • Nobody Walks

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Tom Bettany is working at a meat processing plant in France when he gets a voicemail telling him that his estranged 26-year-old son is dead. Liam Bettany fell from his London balcony, where he was smoking dope. Now, for the first time since he cut all ties years ago, Bettany returns home, to find out the truth about his son's death. But more than a few people are interested to hear Bettany is back in town. He might have thought he'd left it all behind when he first skipped town, but nobody really just walks away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great to hear the Beginnings

  • By Earnest on 12-03-16

A good fix for spook street addicts

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Having read all of the Slough House novels this was a good companion. Characterisation and plot work really well but I do confess that I missed Jackson Lamb!

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737

I just can't understand how someone like him could do something like that. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisiting the past...

  • By FictionFan on 10-03-17

A Real Scorcher

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-18

I found this to be a gripping thriller with an excellent sense of place. Nearly everyone is hiding something and nobody is quite what they seem. The plotting and pace are excellent with strong characters and excellent narration. Highly recommended.

  • Real Tigers

  • Slough House, Book 3
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these 'slow horses' is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undiluted enjoyment

  • By Earnest on 10-03-16

Another First Rate 'Slough House' Thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-05-18

Jackson Lamb and his Slow Horses are at it again - that is, at each other with terrific banter and at odds with Politicians, Villains and 'Regents Park' as usual. The result is a superb blend of sardonic wit and thrilling action - perfect!

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Read

  • By Mrs. Lisa J. Goldblatt on 02-04-18

Fascinating, heartrending and gritty

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This book came highly praised and it mostly lived up to the hype. I always have a problem with unreliable narrators but in this case it was an unreliable subject. Whatever the ultimate truth of the subject, the story transcends the usual misery memoir genre and recounts a less forgiving time which, thankfully (hopefully) has passed.

  • Dead Lions

  • Slough House, Book 2
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By Emma on 31-08-14

Jackson Lamb Rules

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

This would be worth listening to for Jackson Lamb alone, such is his grotesque magnificence, but there is so much more to savour than that joy alone. The 'Slow Horses' canter into another near disaster and a highly entertaining ride ensues.
Sean Barrett brings the whole wonderful thing alive with his laconic narration. Like a good malt in front of the fire on a blustery night with the 'OB'.