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Enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-08

Okay, so it's Sue Townsend, not Proust or Balzac, but this is a funny and heart-warming imaginary tale.

The story becomes believable in these times of eroded civil liberties. Maybe a 21st Century Prime Minister could manipulate Parliament to create concentration camps for undesirables and exile the Royal Family. Ms Townsend certainly does make it believable.

The narration does give you the mental image of Prince Charles fretting over the chickens he keeps in the back yard of his council-house garden, so proud of the washing up bowl he bought in the Pound Shop earlier that day. The rest of the Royal Family are similarly brought to life in the setting of a fenced in estate comprising of wife-beaters, benefit-cheats and chavs.

There is a real working-class grit that shows both the love and the ghastliness of council-estate Britain that is accentuated by the contrast between the underclass and the Royals that are forced to share their existence.

The story is engaging, sad, cheery, depressing and totally believeable in the same way as Orwell's 1984.

I could barely stop listening.

11 people found this helpful

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-08

I expected a fast-paced thriller but this one just didn't engage me.

The basis of the plot is Robocop meets the War on Terror and it simply lacks credibility.

The characters don't develop enough to engage so you are left feeling, 'So what?'

I was more relieved than anything when I got to the end.

Enjoyable listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-08

I have read The Camel Club and was interested in this sequel.

It didn't disappoint in any way. The characters are brought to life by the narration, the plot is easy to follow. My only complaint was the ending which was a little far-fetched but if you roll with it, this is an enjoyable listen all the same.

If you are a Baldacci fan then you won't be disappointed

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Brilliant thriller!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-08

A really good story, narrated well with believable accents.

The plot is very good. When you think you have the hang of it, another twist will turn your theories upside down.

All of the characters are inter-related by some way and the final plot twist is a cracker.

Completely recommended

15 people found this helpful

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Classic Rankin plot but not as engaging as Rebus

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-08

A fast-paced twisting plot that keeps the listener engaged throughout.

This is the tale of an ex-SAS soldier thrown into an international conspiracy masterminded by a megalomaniac working for a US multinational corporation following his journalist brother's sudden and suspicious death in California.

The plot is woven with graphic description and narrated well.

If you like a good thriller with a clever, if predictable at times, plot that unfolds well in no part due to Ian Rankin's superlative writing skill then you will love this book. The plot isn't as thick as the Rebus series but still very enjoyable.

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Funny

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-08

Exactly what you expect from Al Murray, narrated by the great man himself from the setting of his own pub.

It is his complete and total belief that Great Britain is the centre of the Universe, (After all, it is a fact that God is British!), that makes this recording charmingly politically incorrect

Cleverly xenophobic without being racist, mysogonist without being sexist, Al Murray manages to be completely un-PC at a time when anyone else attempting this type of humour would be lambasted for any number of -isms.

My only problem is that this is clearly a 2 CD set and is abridged a little too much. 3 or 4 hours would still be only scratching the surface of the surface of the philosophical genius that is Al Murray.

Download it and you will be left feeling that you wanted more, but download it all the same.

5 people found this helpful

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-08

A very good followable plot with only 6 main characters. It's not heavy writing but not too inane or lightweight either.

The story follows the fortunes of a group of investment bankers over 10 years. The plot flicks back and forward between their induction with the bank and the current time with ease. Slightly dodgy Eastern-European and American accents from the Scottish narrater but you do get used to it.

I did find myself needing to know what happened next and it kept me engaged throughout.

Recommended as a listenable thriller.

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