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  • Joe Country

  • Jackson Lamb Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

In Slough House memories are stirring, all of them bad. Catherine Standish is buying booze again, Louisa Guy is raking over the ashes of lost love, and new recruit Lech Wicinski, whose sins make him outcast even among the slow horses, is determined to discover who destroyed his career, even if he tears his life apart in the process. And with winter taking its grip Jackson Lamb would sooner be left brooding in peace, but even he can't ignore the dried blood on his carpets. So when the man responsible breaks cover at last, Lamb sends the slow horses out to even the score.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little disappointed...

  • By ThePuss on 30-06-19

As good as always

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

Reviewed: 10-07-19

These are the best ironic and witty page turning spy stories you can hope to find. Compulsively readable.

  • The Solar War

  • The Horus Heresy
  • By: John French
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

After seven years of bitter war, the end has come at last for the conflict known infamously as the Horus Heresy. Terra now lies within the Warmaster’s sights, the Throneworld and the seat of his father’s rule. Horus’ desire is nothing less than the death of the Emperor of Mankind and the utter subjugation of the Imperium. He has become the ascendant vessel of Chaos and amassed a terrible army with which to enact his will and vengeance. But the way to the Throne will be hard as the primarch Rogal Dorn, the Praetorian and protector of Terra, marshals the defences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth The Wait!

  • By D Lbenb on 23-05-19

Wasted 20 hours of my life

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

Bought the first one. it was just OK. Thought this the last in the series but sadly not. Plot feeble; characters two dimensional. You don't care if they're all turned to ash. Enough cliches to sink the Ark and there's a chronic excess of superlatives piled up on every page. Felt like sci-fi from the 50s mixed with 60s spiritual nonsense. Save your money.

  • Real Tigers

  • Slough House, Book 3
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622

London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these 'slow horses' is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undiluted enjoyment

  • By Earnest on 10-03-16

A great series

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

Very well paced and read. improbable but excellent yarn with witty characterisation and strong personalities.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,104

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Very well read. Good plot.

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

Like previous in the series the plot is unrealistically convoluted but working through it is a jolly romp. A little less repetition of various histories and backgrounds of the main protagonists could be edited back as could the slightly breathless sub plot in each of unrequited love. But a good and enjoyable listen and page turner.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,196

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Good page turner

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I didn't rate much her first novel 'casual vacancy' but with the Cormoran Strike' series she has developed a strong narrative, plots and characters. Stands up well against other detective fiction and has great pace.

  • The Long Weekend

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

In a gorgeous quay-side hotel in Cornwall, the long weekend is just beginning...Claire Marlowe owns 'The Townhouse by the Sea' with Luca, the hotel's charismatic chef. She ensures everything runs smoothly - until an unexpected arrival checks in and turns her whole world upside down.And the rest of the guests arrive with their own baggage. There's a couple looking for distraction from a family tragedy; a man trying to make amends for an affair he bitterly regrets...and the young woman who thinks the Cornish village might hold the key to her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect escapism

  • By Saffy on 24-05-14

Staggeringly awful

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

The plot makes Barbara Cartland look Shakespearean, the characters as deep a robo cop. Hearts burst with alarming frequency even as each character collapses in lacrymose puddles though rapidly recovering for amazing, electric bedroom activity. Men are tough, charming and driven (save riffs of course who are stammering buffoons) whilst each woman harbours a secret illicit passion in her dodgy ticker. I have water a day of my life.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

A pity it's so smug

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Over 100 references to the author's own books, films and assorted luvvies. It shrieks "look at me haven't I done well", which he has. But a reasonable plot slightly Midsomerish but mercifully better is seriously marred by the ego in front. Disappointing.