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  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Smiley than Pilgrim

  • By Robert on 17-08-17

Great thriller, great performance

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

Would you listen to Slow Horses again? Why?

If only to hear Sean Barrett's great performance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Slow Horses?

The many pot-twists - too many to mention.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A witty, dry, funny thriller read by Sean Barrett. Can I buy some more, please?

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I can't mention it without committing a major spoil crime.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling

  • By: William Fotheringham
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kloska
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. Three decades on from his retirement, he remains the last Frenchman to win the Tour de France. His victory in 1985 marks the turning point when the nation who had dominated the first eight decades of the race they had invented suddenly found they were no longer able to win it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I, Hinault - The Badger's life

  • By Nichiless on 02-06-15

Well written appreciation of France's greatest male cyclist

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

Only very slightly marred by the mispronunciation of key names, e.g. Koechli. Fotheringham, who lived and raced in France for 2 years, and has reported on cycling for more than 20, is informed, perceptive & witty.

  • Dog Company

  • The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc - the Rangers Who Landed at D-Day and Fought Across Europe
  • By: Patrick K. O’Donnell
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

It is said that the right man in the right place at the right time can mean the difference between victory and defeat. This is the dramatic story of 68 soldiers in the US Army's Second Ranger Battalion, Company D - "Dog Company" - who made that difference, time and again. America had many heroes in World War II; however, few can say that, but for them, the course of the war would have been very different. The right men, the right place, the right time - Dog Company.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very average

  • By Bill on 29-08-15

Very average

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better performance, less clichés - the soldiers have a great story to tell - it should have been gripping, but it wasn't

What could Patrick K. O'Donnell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less use of bombastic & tired clichés.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

A little more animation.

What character would you cut from Dog Company?

The author.

Any additional comments?

None.

  • How I Caused the Credit Crunch

  • An Insider's Story of the Financial Meltdown
  • By: Tetsuya Ishikawa
  • Narrated by: Tom Lawrence
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Tetsuya Ishikawa's story reveals how a young Oxford graduate found himself in command of vast sums of other people's money. It also explalins how a novice to the mysteries of hedge funds and sub-prime mortgages fixed complex deals for billions of dollars in the exclusive bars, brothels, and trading floors of London, New York, Frankfurt and Tokyo - and reaped the benefits in a colossal annual bonus and an international luxury lifestyle.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful - a waste of a credit

  • By Bill on 02-10-11

Dreadful - a waste of a credit

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-11

The chap who wrote this was apparently a quant, not a trader, and this is not an inside story - it's a badly written fiction. The financial details of the story may well be accurate, but there is an awful lot of fantasy about fast cars & expensive prostitutes, which doubtless appealed to the author but which I found utterly uninteresting, badly written & insulting to my intelligence.

A big disappointment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why England Lose

  • And Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained
  • By: Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Why do England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn’t America play the sport internationally… and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style?

Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, "Why England Lose" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just why England (will) lose!

  • By Gary Black on 17-05-10

Essential listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-10

Any serious student of football should listen to this. This book explains why modern football is the way it is, wittily and intelligently.

The only drawback is that there are, as might be expected, lots & lots of lists, which can make for difficult listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful