Richard Rayner

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  • 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 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988

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

SSSS!! Those 'S' sounds are painful on the ear!

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

What did you like best about Slow Horses? What did you like least?

It's a good book, cleverly written with a dose of dry humour to add light and shade. Jackson Lamb is a great character.

Would you be willing to try another book from Mick Herron? Why or why not?

Yes. He's an accomplished writer with some very enjoyable and witty observations.

What three words best describe Sean Barrett’s performance?

Needle sharp 'S's! Otherwise, fine.

Was Slow Horses worth the listening time?

Yes, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

I am surprised that nobody else has mentioned the sharpness of the way the narrator uses 'S' sounds. I think it's called 'excessive sibilance'. Anyway, for me it makes listening to this book an uncomfortable experience sometimes, even with the treble turned right down. But I'll persevere because the story is good,even it is very slow to start and slightly confusing from time to time. I am hoping that the 'S' sounds are little less painful for book 2.

  • Dead Simple

  • Roy Grace, Book 1
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared, and his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED it!

  • By Keetz on 31-03-16

Calm down, dear!

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

Reviewed: 20-09-16

What disappointed you about Dead Simple?

The narrator, for me, completely wrecks the book. The emphasis is all wrong. When characters are sad, desperate, pensive, thoughtful, tense or just mildly irritated, the narrator sends them into a kind of deranged fury that is simply inappropriate. He makes the characters seem unhinged and neurotic throughout. He overacts in the most extraordinary manner. It's bizarre and completely unlistenable. As for the accents... let's not even go there. Sorry...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Simple?

Not really an applicable question.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See above... I am baffled that plenty of reviewers seem to have enjoyed the narration. Wierd.

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

Yeah, the book's fine - it's the peculiar and over-excited narration.

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