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  • The Defence

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn't matter in a trial. The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove. Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different. It's been more than a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast and furious.

  • By anne on 25-02-16

A well paced and insightful thriller

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

This is the first book I have listened to focusing more on the judicial side of a crime and I found it an interesting change from the detective stories I am more often drawn to. The protagonist, Eddie Flynn, is thrown into an impossible position in which he must defend and deceive the head of the Russian Mafia in order to save his daughter.

The plot is full of ups and downs with every chapter revealing a new strand of the complex web built around the characters. The book also gave some interesting insights into the US legal system and into the techniques used by lawyers and fraudsters (although it is clear that these were often embellished, occasionally to a ridiculous extent). Another thing I found interesting was the way in which innocent character's were so oblivious to what was actually going on and how their most innocent actions often had such a devastating effect on Flynn.

Initially i found the voice of the main character a little annoying, perhaps because I am not used to hearing an American accent, however as I progressed through the book I found that i no longer noticed this. The narration of the rest of the characters was great, each was distinct and memorable.

All in all this was a great book and i would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Through It All I've Always Laughed

  • Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong
  • By: Count Arthur Strong
  • Narrated by: Count Arthur Strong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Count Arthur Strong reads the story of his extraordinary journey from his humble early years as the only son of a contortionist in wartime Doncaster to the dizzy heights and excesses of fame as one of the shining lights of popular entertainment. Count Arthur Strong is a show business legend, after-dinner speaker and a leading authority on Ancient Egypt, having been stationed there during his nation service. He has countless friends in the showbiz world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • through it all I have always laughed.

  • By Phil D on 19-04-15

Same old, same old...

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

Would you listen to Through It All I've Always Laughed again? Why?

Yes, purely because I am such a fan (read addict) of the entire Count Arthur Strong franchise. I have listened to every radio episode many times, watched the television series... even listened to his reading of 'Macavity: The Mystery Cat' more times than I would care to admit.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Err... there can only be one choice really can't there? Arthur is, for all his faults a surprisingly likable character (at least from the perspective of an outsider); he clearly means well although often causes more harm than good.

Have you listened to any of Count Arthur Strong’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Indeed I have and this is where it loses a star; like the stage performances before it this book takes A LOT of its content directly from the radio show and although the content is good... there is only a certain number of times that you can hear the same joke.

Any additional comments?

Whilst a great addition to the to Count Arthur's works, perhaps not the best choice for somebody who has already listened to the radio series.

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