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Department Q is back on top

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-20

As soon as I saw Stephen Pacey as narrator I downloaded the audio immediately, ceased everything else and settled in for the best listen, and as usual not disappointed.
Thank you audible

Not for the politically correct

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Reviewed: 30-06-18

Slow Horses was a find from another reviewer and I decided to give it a go. Something a little different from my usual choice of audio. All I can say is that I have now finished the latest book in this series, London Rules, book 5, and each instalment just gets better, funnier, and thoroughly entertaining. Sean Barrett narrates absolutely perfectly, his Jackson Lamb is spot on and brings to life this revolting character in full brilliant colour. With a wonderful twist of spook, espionage political intrigue and a touch of reality, this series lends to an excellent listen with many funny one liners to keep you on your toes. And of course there is a touch of Russian thrown in to one of the instalments to ensure the spy theme is kept alive.

Fans of Mrl Mercedes

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Reviewed: 30-06-18

The subject matter is hard to contemplate. The overall storytelling, the narration and creepiness lend it to a binge listen. Great to have Holly back too. Recommend to all Stephen King followers and those who loved Mr Mercedes.

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Bad Choice

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-04-18


I am afraid I have hung up my wireless earphones at chapter 40 but I would like to state I gave this audio a sterling effort and tried very hard to listen to it. However it got to the point when I asked myself why listen to B rated books when there are so many wonderful A+ listens to chose from.
If the terrible banter, if you can call it that, between the lead characters wasn't nauseating enough the storyline just went from ridiculous to well ridiculous. It all finally came to a halt for me when Karl calls his 6 month pregnant wife to warn her of impending danger from ruthless killers who already know where they live, that they will stop at nothing to hurt her and their baby, to pack her bag and get out. Well I dont know about you but if I got a call like that, Im out of there without a bag, just my passport in hand and calling for a taxi to the nearest airport.. Of course wife replies she is not leaving her home, but instead is going to get her nails done... Really? we are living in the 21st Century full of violence, home invasions, muggings, threats from every corner of the world.. All I can say is that I am waiting for ITV to pick this up for its new 4 part serial thriller, I am sure it will be a massive hit. They love drivel like this.

Absolutely terrific

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Reviewed: 28-09-17

Dont be put off that the wonderful narrator Stephen Pacey is no longer Carl Morck and Department Q. Saul Reichlin steps up to the role perfectly. Yes he may be a slower more enunciated narrator than Mr Pacey, but once you get used to his rhythm and balance, you find yourself once again totally absorbed in the story. Jussi-Adler-Olsen, does not disappoint and even though Carl has become slightly more sombre, Department Q a darker place, there is still the sense of humour and moments where you burst out laughing at the comments and thoughts of Carl or from the wonderful Assad.
From the very first instalment of Department Q and one of the rare series I have listened to again, I am delighted to recommend book 7 to all who enjoy the writing and style of Mr Adler-Olsen. it does start out slow and the characters in the beginning are not particularly likeable but as you get more involved in the story and the characters are rounded out you can easily believe these people actually exist.
Looking forward to book number 8.

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Impossibily Silly

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Reviewed: 28-08-17

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Whenever I finish a Tim Weaver book, I think never again. Then I go and buy another and wonder why I did that. What a ridiculous storyline. Could the author stuff anything else into an already over stuffed plot which is so unbelievable you have to laugh? Amensia, deception, murder, embezelling, drugs, lonely islands, cruise ships, interogation, monsters.... step sisters, prostitutes... , sinister comings and goings, and all solved by the intrepid David Raker who seems to have bottomless pockets and can trip around the world solving mysteries no other person can solve. Yawn. All narrated in a grey dreary voice to match the whole humourless story. I lost count how many times I had to keep going back to previous chapters as I found my mind had wandered away from the storyline or the fact I didnt even particularly care. 13 hours listening to a book touted as a best seller, tense thriller, a page turner... Definitely the last time for me.

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Tremendous Author

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Reviewed: 09-02-17

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Tana French is a tremendous author. Her books are beautifully written, descriptive, the characters have depth and a fullness so often missed by other authors. Her books take time to get into but once you get used to her rhythm and pace the story flows and becomes alive. Obviously I am a fan of Tana French. Well worth a listen. Broken Harbour was my first book by her and since then have never yet been disappointed. Thoroughly enjoying the murder squad series.

5 Stars

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Reviewed: 13-01-17

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Absolutely terrific. Listened non-stop. Tana French is an excellent author, characters are wonderfully drawn, the plot intricate, clever, never letting up. Very very good.

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Angry Characters, sombre plot and humourless

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Reviewed: 17-09-16

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David Hewson is without doubt a terrific writer. His books are atmospheric, clever, beautifully written, with characters who are defined and believable. Little Sister contains all these elements, yet its sombre plot, angry characters who are all yelling and screeching at each other, apart from the main character who remains calm throughout, tends to make the listener wish the whole sordid story would end. Working out who dunnit with a choice of nasty people asks the listener to pay very close attention, and this sometimes is hard when you want to shut down the ranting and raving of these people. Dark memories, secretive pasts leads to a grand present finale with an ending that leaves you wondering why did you just wade through hours and hours of listening time. I recommend to all David Hewson fans, you will not be disappointed. However if you are depressed, feeling melancholy or needing an injection of humour or laughter, then perhaps give this audio a miss.

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An Engrossing Listen

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-16

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I thoroughly enjoyed this audio from start to finish. The two narrators were excellent and the book neatly switched from the central characters, Lilly and Carla, without the listener losing the way or getting confused as to whether it was past or future. I personally found the number of complexities enjoyable and a good distraction from the main plot of the book, which was clever without being utterly ridiculous. The characters were quite likeable and not so annoying that you gave up on them, nor were the women simpering idiots. Slightly neurotic and self satisfied but minor points. On the whole an engrossing audio with engaging twists and turns and a pleasant change from the usual criminal potboilers massed produced these days.

7 people found this helpful