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Andy Q

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An excellent debut

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

Reviewed: 02-01-20

I’d not heard of the author but the book was recommended to me so I downloaded it and am glad I did. The plot is well thought out and has a few interesting twists and turns. The characters are well developed and the range of voices used by the narrator are superb, he manages to avoid the trap that a lot of readers fall into whereby when narrating East European characters they sound like extras from the Borat movie. The suspense builds up to a high adrenaline climax which left me heading straight to the audible catalogue for more by the same author.

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Good story let down by poor narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-17

I enjoy the Inspector Colbeck series, but in this instalment I found the narration to be flat and dull. The voice of Sgt Leeming doesn't fit his physical description as being gruff and rough, at one point he seems to pick up a West Country accent when he is supposed to be a Londoner, similarly Supt. Tallis has lost his "bark".
Until the narrator changes I'll stick to the paperbacks.

Brookmyre at his best

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

Reviewed: 25-05-16

I've always enjoyed CB's work, but recently they just seem to get better and better and this is no exception. The plot twists and turns in unexpected directions right up to the final reveal.
The use of two narrators enhances the experience massively and left me wondering why more audiobooks don't employ this system.
In summary this book is currently topping my list for best listen of 2016.

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Cheap thrills thriller. Ideal for James Herbert fans

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-16

I bought this as I've enjoyed Kobna H-S's performances narrating the Peter Grant book by Ben Aaronovitch. I thought the plot idea sounded interesting so was expecting a good "read".
The plot is basic and is heavy on graphic sex and violence to the point it reminded me of the early James Herbert books such as The Rats, Lair etc which I loved as a teen but have grown out if over the years.
If you want an easy read reminiscent of a low budget 80's horror movie then buy this book, if you prefer your book to have a bit more depth, then give it a miss.

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It's like deja vu all over again!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-16

I normally really enjoy GS' books, in fact Vagabond was my favourite book of 2015, but this was a very poor follow on.
The plot was slow to get going, and the main characters felt familiar, as if they'd been recycled from his earlier work. The background information on the mafia immediately reminded me of " The Collaborator"
The weak story wasn't helped by a tendency to keep going back over earlier parts of the story and to regularly include some pointless lists of places which both combined to give the feeling of an author filling up a word count.
Finally the narration left a lot to be desired, some of the character voices were straight out of " Allo, Allo"
In the final major scene at the mafia boss's house, the police conduct a cursory search then just leave, which didn't feel credible, and gave an impression of hurried plot writing
This definitely isn't GS at the top of his game. Obviously he's getting on a bit now, but I hope he does write another book and gets some of his previous great form back, as this isn't a worthy book for him to bow out on.

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A contender for my best audio book 2015

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-15

Brilliantly written, twisting and thought provoking plot coupled to excellent narration, makes for a cracking listen.

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Not as good as Flashman.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-15

The Flashman novels never cease to amuse, but this just didn't do it for me. It takes an historically correct series of events and inserts a Flashman, in this case Harry's father Buckley, but the writing style is in the form of narratives from the main characters. This with rather poor narration makes for a mediocre book.

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Poor narration and not one of Seymour's best

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-15

Not one of GS's best books and the narrator's style doesn't help. He doesn't leave a pause when the story moves from one plot line to another which can be confusing. The daftest little niggle was casevac, should be pronounced cas-e-vac not like some form of Hoover for a portmanteau!
If you want the author at his best try Vagabond instead.

A cracking adventure yarn

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-15

It's exactly what you'd expect from an Andy McNab book, a fast moving plot and that degree of credibility his former life gives to has books.

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Needs to be abridged - A LOT!

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-15

Way, way too long. Droning great narrative descriptions of wholly irrelevant people and places had me hitting the advance button time and again. The book could easily have been cut to half the length with no loss to the overall story.
The narrator's voice becomes irksome after a while
Worst of all is the ending, or complete lack of.
A good book if you are marooned on a desert island, serving a life sentence in prison or stuck in a traffic jam on the M25, otherwise - Avoid!