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My First Reg, and its a goodie

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-20

My first Reg Hill in book or audio format, and its a great story. Interesting and well enough developed characters if not quite in the Rebus / Duffy world class category. Best is the clash of styles + intricate plot + nice take on the motivational side of it all
Not sure if the OTT Yorkie accents are a bit annoying eventually, but just about OK for one book at least.

Sean Duffy one of the greats

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-20

Great period, great location, great characters, great laughs. McKinty just delivers. Reliably brillaint through the whole Duffy series.

Great. Ideal for woodland dog walking!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-19

Just right. Informative but not dull, well researched but not academic, I loved it. I think its probably our there enough that you might not want this "genre" one after another but a great interruption to my normal listening

OK but surely not 5 star?

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-19

Decent story reasonably well written, and particularly good on period, but its repetitive, predictable a bit ploddy. I found it a bit of a grind to make it through to the end which is a good proxy for how good it was!

Plod Ploddy Plod

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-19

I like Follett's stories generally - Eye Needle and Pillars of the Earth are great. This however ambles along in a rather predictable dreary way. Right on bits on suffragettes, working conditions etc etc Uninforming and boring.

Yes its that funny

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-19

really funny stories, although you do end up thinking he never was quite resilient enough for the job.

Smart crackling thrillers

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-19

McKinty is a sharp and smart wrietr. Captures the period and place exceptionally well. And its an great background for the stories. Its probably fair to say he writes the males better than the females, but overall a really rewarding series.

Very clever, idiosyncratic, funny, naughty. Very Irish

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-19

The series is a bit formulaic but it’s a winning formula
At once comic, dramatic, tragic and melodramatic it all somehow rings true to place and time. Brilliant stuff. Some of the narrators accents are a bit dodgy, but he’s solid on home ground Ulster.

Super History, grippingly told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-17

If you could sum up The Company in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, authentic, above all Epic

What did you like best about this story?

A kind of "War and Peace" for Cold War spying

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

40 plus hours with no irritating tics. Genius!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Gripping

Any additional comments?

Amazing value!

Forgotten heroes of the spy story

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Berlin Game to be better than the print version?

same

What did you like best about this story?

nostalgia for the cold war and Len Deighton, possibly overlooked in favour of Le Carre, but this is a terrific story from a true polymath writer

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

I think he sort of impersonates Michael Caine in a subtle way and it works !

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

no. I prefer my audiobooks in hourly doses of joy in my busy day

Any additional comments?

I even really enjoyed the author's note (much later) at the end.

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