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Deeply pleasurable

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Reviewed: 14-07-20

Huckleberry Finn has humour, drama, and pathos. Elijah Wood’s reading is about as perfect as I can imagine and enhanced the whole experience.

Fascinating, Illuminating and worrying

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Reviewed: 07-07-20

All the news stories of Russian involvement in Brexit, the US elections, and in the book’s epilogue, the recent UK election, are presented as a coherent, concise and credible narrative. It’s a compelling read/listen and perhaps, out of all the latest books that address the topic of Russian spying and covert influence in the politics of other countries, it's the best.

I hope The Shadow State is read by those with the power to take action to guard the UK against malign activities and corruption. I also hope its revelations have those members of my family who voted for Brexit and for the Conservatives to realise they have been deceived, and to consider more carefully what they are voting for: I’ll be buying more copies to post to them.

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Fascinating, insightful and a joy.

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Reviewed: 25-11-19

For anyone with an interest in how our world view is shaped by the media we consume this book supplies many examples of this across the past 200 years. In addition, as a regular Guardian reader for almost 40 years, I was interested to hear how the paper evolved into its online form and has gained new audiences across the world. Even though I remember reading of the several crisis The Guardian has faced over the time I’ve been a reader (and a subscribing ‘member’ for the past few years), I was gripped by the inside accounts of these. And the narration of the book was perfect in all ways it might be evaluated.

A superb thriller.

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Reviewed: 20-10-19

This is the first story by Geoffrey Household I have heard read and now I want to read more. The story, it’s structure and the style of writing are utterly compelling, and the narration excellent.

In my mid-teens I remember watching part of a BBC adaptation of the novel in the 1970s starring Peter O’Toole that was extremely memorable, I’m delighted to find the source novel one of the best spy thrillers I’ve ever read/heard. I read that Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company plans to make version with him as the lead. I hope this happens as he would be excellent in the role and I’m confident he attract similarly excellent talent. I’d love to see what the Cohen Brothers might do as directors, as the story is as dark as their first film Blood Simple and, as they they were so true to the source novel of their adaptation of No Country for Old Men, they are likely to stay true to that of Rogue Male too.

A huge pleasure.

A theory of economics that can be grasped

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Reviewed: 13-05-19

This is a great book, not just because it explained economics in ways that might understand it but because it explains the effects of different economic policies on the world.

Fascinating but poor narration

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Reviewed: 17-06-17

The story of British intelligence is engaging throughout despite the robotic delivery of the narrator.

Not a credible story

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Reviewed: 07-05-15

Heard much that was good of the book, but it didn't live up to its reviews. Far too many incredible coincidences to stomach. The final one made me groan with disappointment.

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Fascinating

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Reviewed: 07-02-15

If you're interested in modern history, politics and economics, this is an invaluable key to understanding the making of modern Europe.

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Fantastic story and storytelling

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Reviewed: 31-01-15

I absolutely love the complex plots and characters. All the books in the series are as satisfying as any novel I've read in any genre.

Extremely useful

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Reviewed: 28-01-15

Addresses every aspect of writing with a structured and practical manner. Sol Stein writes with insight derived from his personal experience as a successful writer, editor and publisher. The narrator is a little dry at times, but the writing has clarity and humour.