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Andrew Pindar

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  • The Dealer and the Dead

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Eighteen years after the barbarous war with the Serbs that tore their communities apart, a group of Croatian villagers discover the identity of the Englishman who they believe betrayed them by reneging on a deal to supply arms. With revenge in sight at last, they hire a professional killer from London to track him down... but is the story as simple as they think?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Richard on 19-01-11

Seymour's writing style spoils a good plot.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-11

I've read a couple of Seymour's books and have found his writing style to be very abrupt and staccato. Despite meticulous research and generally plausible characters, the books always seem to lack the flow that carries you along from page to page without effort. Instead, you seem to read a few pages and then have to rest to try and let the pieces slot into place.

I had thought that in audiobook form, this limitation would be less obvious. Despite an excellent narrator who manages a good stab at various accents and dialects, it's all a bit too much like hard work. Some of the conversations just don't come over as credible and I really wonder if Seymour has read those passages out loud to see if they make sense.

I'm now half way through and will probably not continue. Although I'm vaguely interested in what happens to the characters, quite frankly it seems more effort than it's worth.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ambler Warning

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

On Parrish Island, a restricted island off the coast of Virginia, is a little-known and never-visited psychiatric facility. There, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric states make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or prove dangerously inconvenient. One of these employees, agent Hal Ambler, is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one difference between Hal and the other patients, Hal isn't crazy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable rollercoaster

  • By Andrew Pindar on 14-09-09

Enjoyable rollercoaster

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-09-09

Robert Ludlum writes some excellent thrillers. This one is slightly formulaic and follows a similar thread to the 'Bourne' series. Having said that it was hugely enjoyable rollercoaster of a ride. The narrator's characterisation was excellent and subtle rather than over-the-top. All-in-all, very enjoyable, although I think most people will guess the ending before they get there.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful