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Silly,simplistic and gratuitously violent

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-12

The Retribution
I am a great crime and thriller fan.
The plot for this book is just plain silly and simplistic, as are the names of some of the main personalities in the story. As for Saul Reichlin, I loved his reading of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, but unfortunately he only seems to have one set of characterisations and I can only agree with some reviewers that the narration is uncomfortable and borders on the hysterical in places.
Listeners should also be prepared for some fairly graphic and gratuitous violence, which in all honesty, doesn’t add anything to the story. I couldn’t recommend this book.

For the eyes of true James Bond fans only

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-11

After reading the rave reviews I thought that I'd give this a try. I found it boring and stuck in a time warp circa 1960. The constant listing of designer goods and accessories I found tedious. Did anyone ever think that secret agents drove around in Bentleys and drank £60 bottles wine as a matter of course? Time has moved on but, not it appears James Bond - you need to be a lover of the James Bond life style to get through this - I would almost call the plot childish in places.
Not recommended unless you're a complete JB freak.

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It's grim up north !

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-11

I thought that I must be listening to another book given the comments of the other reviewers. I found this tedious and very easy to fall asleep to. Suspense - no, gripping - no, predictable - yes. Narration, flat and monotonous.

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-10

I found this book very tedious. Little or no suspense, rambling, overly long and predictable; I could not recommend it.

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Good but a little disjointed

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-10

I'm a big Paul Temple fan and this audio book doesn't disappoint, although more complex than usual and a little disjointed in places.

A real disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-10

I'm a dedicated SH fan, therefore I assumed that an Inspector Lestrade story would be a real bonus. Unfortunately, the story and the main character are weak the narration is irritating and I didn't finish the book. A clear case of someone jumping on the band wagon. Not recommended

Best ever

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-10

I've been downloading audiobooks for about a couple of years and I can say that this is the best I've ever heard, Gripping story, excellent narration; a real gem.

Total disappointment

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-10

Three five star reviews, how can you go wrong? Easily by downloading this book. The first eight hours are tedious, shallow portraits of various characters, so shallow that I couldn't really care less about what happens to them. It seems to be a current trend to write in this fashion, the result is a total lack of coherence apart a very tenuous theme linking the various thin plots collimating in a sense of disappointment and let down that you've just wasted the last 14 hours.

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An interesting plot

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-10

The plot of the book is good and it moves along at a fair pace. I'm unfamiliar with the author therefore I downloaded this book on the basis that it was read by Saul Reichlin. Previously I had listened to the Lisbeth Salander trilogy back to back and like others thought that Reichlin's narration was Oscar winning stuff. However, Reichlin uses exactly the same characterisations for his reading of The Seventh Sacrament, which I must admit was a little difficult from time to time. If like me, you want to listen to this immediately after the Salander trilogy, perhaps best to take a break first !

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Health warning

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-10

Having given the dramatisation of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold a five star rave review, I eagerly awaited this new LeCarre
offering. I'm sorry but I found it very irritating and overly long, so much so that I didn't finish it. The dramatised and narrated versions of LeCarre are very different animals.

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