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Dead Lions Audiobook

Dead Lions: Slough House, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.

As the agents dig into the circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?

©2013 Mick Herron (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    VLF 15/05/2015
    VLF 15/05/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Very clever story"

    I struggled a little to get all the characters straight in my head to start but as the story unfolds the different roles became clear. Very clever, lots of twists, I couldn't put it down.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emma United States 31/08/2014
    Emma United States 31/08/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrific"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. It was my first thriller in some time and was a great choice. Sean Barrett is a fantastic narrator, bringing enormous character and humour to the dialogue. I will definitely be seeking this narrator and author again,


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah 03/11/2016
    Rogayah 03/11/2016
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    "A small beginning to get to the bigger picture"

    As always an excellent narrative by Sean Barrett who smooth, rich voice eases the horrors of sudden death or near deaths.

    Mick Herron's Slough House crowd, all of whom have lost the right to be active agents, are a bunch of losers and misfits resentful of their outcast status from the frontline spies or spooks in Regent's Park. Lamb's instincts and his "team's" fishing expeditions build a far from benign picture that, almost despite themselves, they rescue the City from the brink of disaster. Strangely or sadly, yet again they are unable to claim the credit or cover themselves with glory; they are the "Slow Horses" and unlikely to the heroes of any story or so Regent's Park think!

    There is also a keen humourous streak that keeps you amused and laughing despite everything.

    I am enjoying this series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stan d'Up 14/08/2017
    Stan d'Up 14/08/2017
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    "Midsommer meets MI5"

    Nicely narrated but short gaps at times meant that it was easy to get confused about who or where the story was.

    That said, it was well told and I did enjoy it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Kendall-Price 02/11/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "No John Le Carre!"
    What did you like best about Dead Lions? What did you like least?

    I liked the idea behind the book, it was a good premise, but failed to follow through. I disliked some of the characters and found others badly drawn so had no interest in them.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Seán Barrett?

    He was pleasant enough.


    Did Dead Lions inspire you to do anything?

    Return to quality writers of the genre. Re listening to Le Carre confirmed how sketchily written this was and how little I cared for the characters.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 16/01/2018
    Anne 16/01/2018
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    "And again."

    Every bit as good as Slow Horses with the same great pace, good storyline and engaging characters. I thoroughly recommend this book.

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    david 09/07/2017
    david 09/07/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "a little slow"

    it was a little slow throughout and I felt it lacked any excitement or adventure

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    Dan 22/06/2017
    Dan 22/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Dull and slow"

    The narrator makes you want to fall asleep, I had to keep repeating sections as it was so dull I forgot to listen. The story is slow and even when it picks up towards the end, it's still not exactly exciting.
    After listening to the first in the series, I expected better things from this, and still have the third book to listen to - joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Montees Newcastle 11/05/2017
    Montees Newcastle 11/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story but lacked a little Roar!"

    As always, the narrator makes the tale. good plot line but lacks a "thrilling" ending. Still worth it though...

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    simon white 05/04/2017
    simon white 05/04/2017
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    "The Slow Horses are maxed out."
    Would you listen to Dead Lions again? Why?

    Having listened to the original book in the series, I had to find out what appalling indignities Jackson Lamb could inflict on his staff.


    What other book might you compare Dead Lions to, and why?

    I suppose the subject matter is comparable to Le Carre, totally different style though.


    What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Gripping, especially considering that the characters are pretty evenly split between the sexes.


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

    Loved it, great trepidation felt as it reached the end though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    15/04/17
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    "Absolutely superb"

    Brilliant book. Brilliant narration. Buy it. Don't look back, you'll love it if you love intelligent, sharp, original, dark, witty thrillers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P
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    23/07/15
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    "Good Brit MI5 drama"

    There is a plodding nature about the series about the Slow Horses of Slough house which is captivating. It is a little like Le Carre, with more humour. I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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