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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

Surely not the last in the series.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-19

Having virtually binge-heard and hugely enjoyed all 7 of the previous books in the Slough House series, I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed in Joe Country.
Don't get me wrong, the writer's superbly witty and descriptive style is every bit as enjoyable as the rest.
But! A lesser role within the pages of the grest man himself, combined with a very contrived plot and no truly conclusive ending, left me wanting more.
i just hope that Mick Herron has done this deliberately in order to allow Jackson Lamb to ride again.

  • The Drop

  • A Slough House Novella
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Old spooks carry the memory of tradecraft in their bones, and when Solomon Dortmund sees an envelope being passed from one pair of hands to another in a Marylebone café, he knows he's witnessed more than an innocent encounter. But in relaying his suspicions to John Bachelor, who babysits retired spies like Solly, he sets in train events which will alter lives. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writer and master storyteller

  • By Brian on 04-06-19

Contrived but cleverly so.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-19

Missed Jackson Lamb but it appears we will have a new slow horse for him to abuse.

  • Dead Lions

  • Slough House, Book 2
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A small beginning to get to the bigger picture

  • By Rogayah on 03-11-16

Literally unputdownable

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

Reviewed: 29-06-19

Having just enjoyed Slow Horses and grown to love Jackson Lamb - thank you to a very special friend, Paul, who recommended it and him! - I ordered Dead Lions.
I've just finished listening to it in about 4 sessions.
Absolutely rivetting and beatifully interspersed with laugh-out-loud humour.

  • Slow Horses

  • Slough House, Book 1
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

Slough House is Jackson Lamb’s kingdom; a dumping ground for members of the intelligence service who’ve screwed up: left a secret file on a train, blown surveillance, or become drunkenly unreliable. They’re the service’s poor relations – the slow horses – and bitterest among them is River Cartwright, whose days are spent transcribing mobile phone conversations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Smiley than Pilgrim

  • By Robert on 17-08-17

Ben Elton meets John le Carre

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

Reviewed: 24-06-19

A clever plotline and believably detailed knowledge of the inner workings of our Secret Service is interspersed with laugh-out-loud humour. A great listen.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible tale.

  • By Anonymous User on 24-09-17

Totally exhilarating, moving and illuminating.

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

When you think, "Could I possibly be that brave?", you know deep down you couldn't.