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Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 23-11-19

This is really good & wonderfully narrated by Tim Pigott Smith. Such a variety of characters - the odious Percival, the tragic Davis, the noble, unexciting Daintree (my favourite) - & not forgetting Buller, the boxer dog. Very funny portrayal of British club life & amusing recurrence of Maltesers & Smarties as conversational topics, in what is really a serious morality tale

Old boys is for boys

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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: 02-06-19

I’d read that this was terrific, with comparisons to Mick Herron’s Slough House series. It isn’t; it is a boy’s’ own adventure, without any wit. If you like car chases & shoot outs, it will appeal. I don’t like action-packed fiction, so the Amphora Scroll was the one faintly intriguing element as far as I was concerned- & even it was not really that interesting. But the book may appeal more to men than women.

Very clever plot means you keep listening

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

The characters in this story were not wildly interesting to me but the plotting was brilliant & there were also a few moments when the writer showed great insight. Some of the voices are annoying, the endless eating of smoked salmon & drinking of champagne plus references to make up & clothes is mildly tedious but it is worth persisting & overall an enjoyable distraction on a long drive or while doing a dull but mindless task

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V good thriller, read brilliantly

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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: 19-04-19

Excellent thriller read by wonderful Sean Barrett, highly recommend for a car journey or some such

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Sick & warped

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

Reviewed: 19-02-19

This story is extremely violent & includes some very unpleasant sexual fantasy. This is probably not unusual in modern crime but, if you dislike that kind of thing, I recommend you avoid it. Very unpleasant indeed.

Whole Slough House series a delight

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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: 05-02-18

I have heard each of Sean Barrett's recordings of Mick Herron's Slough House series & loved them all. The books are brilliant & Barrett does them complete justice. Hugely enjoyable, some of the best audio books I've listened to

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-17

I bought this on the strength of other highly positive reviews. Sadly I was not gripped by this book at all. My husband thought it might make a better film than book. The characters were numerous but flimsy and somewhat stereotyped, the sex was exceptionally explicit in a what-bit-goes-where Sex for Dummies kind of way. The final denouement, after you think the story is wrapped up, was quite exciting, but very bloody and violent. Just not a very crisp, tightly structured or intriguing book. I never really cared enough about what might happen next.

Avoid

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-15

What disappointed you about No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1?

The story is dull and the narrator duller

Has No Wind of Blame: Inspector Hemingway, Book 1 put you off other books in this genre?

I will not try any more Inspector Hemingway books

How could the performance have been better?

If someone else had been the performer

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sadly, none

Any additional comments?

I was intrigued to find out what a Georgette Heyer mystery might be like. Unfortunately, the narrator was truly awful and the story fairly dull. With a different narrator, it might have been mildly entertaining, but in this version, I'm sorry to say, I couldn't actually get through to the end - I did persevere for several hours, I should add; I didn't abandon the thing without a very, very good try. The narrator's hopeless accents, combined with her air of reading to a more than normally dim audience just made the thing unbearable eventually. It wasn't even so bad as to be funny; just excruciating

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Evocation of a Lost England

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

Reviewed: 06-07-14

If you could sum up The Light Years in three words, what would they be?

1930s-50s Family Saga

What other book might you compare The Light Years to, and why?

Mary Wesley's and Joanna Trollope's novels, but infinitely better - what those others ought to be

Have you listened to any of Jill Balcon’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I will - her performance is perfect for these books and marvellously nuanced, I really admire her.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I became very involved with all the characters

Any additional comments?

This does not on the face of it seem a terribly exciting story but the depth of perception about humanity and the excellence of characterisation, combined with the rich period detail and poignance of many of the story threads make it absolutely superb. I wanted to listen to it all the time. An astonishing work of imagination. The best thing I've heard from Audible so far (with The Goldfinch running a close second)

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