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Mark H

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Sickening

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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: 20-07-20

We all know it goes on but the staggering arrogance of the individuals involved is truly sickening.

The narration is quite dry, which probably suits the subject matter.

What an absolute joy!

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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: 01-07-20

With the help of Margo's narration this translates well to audio. I remember watching The Good Life, ahem, years ago and it still makes me laugh out loud. There are frequent mentions of the 70s but I did gasp when Tom mentioned how much his house in Surbiton was worth. I had forgotten how much nookie Tom and Barbara had though. ;)

A great insight into F1

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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: 21-02-20

i was always going to love this as a self declared F1 fan (geek). I love not only the racing and tech but also what goes on behind the scenes. This book takes us behind closed doors and reveals more than was done so at the time.

Uplifting, moving and beautifully read by the incredible Jack Hawkins. Pole to Flag this is a great listen.

Eye Rollingly Bad

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-20

Stephen, Stephen, Stephen, what has happened? I pre-ordered this as I adore your work. Sad to say I will be waiting for the reviews before I buy your next book. The plot is a decent enough idea but really poorly written. The heroine adapts remarkably quickly to her new situation which is simply unfeasible. The constant need to explain military and intelligence service terms to military and intelligence people was a joke. “MI5? They’re like you’re CIA” “What’s a short?” “It’s a handgun”.

The narration was shocking, a male narrator, the ever-reliable Paul Thornley, would have been far more suitable in a book that has a majority of male characters. The pronunciation was ridiculous, it’s carbine not carbeen, was no one listening when this was being reordered.

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Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 09-01-20

"As if" I kept shouting at my device whilst listening to this.

It is a ridiculous and implausible story. I was so disappointed as I love all of the other Spider Shepherd books. It feels as if Stephen rushed this book out in between writing others.

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Excellent

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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: 26-02-19

And a bonus that it's beautifully read by Ann Mitchell, the original Doll from the original TV series.

Starts well

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

but then the boredom set in. I love the films and was hoping that the book would flesh them out. Unfortunately they have little to no similarity. and the narrator, man, do not get me started. I think he was as bored as me.

Starts well then gets implausible

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

Unlike most of the other reviewers I loved the narration. Slow, sarcastic and dry. Rick Fuller clearly had something better to do than tell his story but it really works. I loved it. Getting towards the end of the book though I struggled to believe how one particular character evolved. Cant say much obviously but seriously? I may give the next in the series a go but will be reading the reviews first

I lost interest...

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-18

...so much so that I stopped listening part way through as I didn't care what happened to the characters, none of which I warmed to.

Such a shame as Nomad was breathtaking.

I will not be continuing with the franchise

A comedy (by accident)

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Ridiculously cliched and poorly researched. It’s as if the book was written by a 12 year old and narrated by someone who should read out the terms and conditions on a local radio advert. The accents were shocking, trying to sound like a hard man doesn’t work. Thankfully the narrator dropped this part way through the first chapter. I had to listen to the end as I couldn’t believe it could get much worse. It did. No likeable characters and a completely unfeasible and ultimately disappointing listen. No more Kernick or Panting for me