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Summary

Do we really live on in some conscious form after we die, and is that form capable of communicating with the world of the living?

“Aye, right…” was journalist Jack Parlabane’s stance on the matter. But this was before he found himself in the compromising position of being not only dead himself but dead with an exclusive still to file. One thing he knows for certain: death is not the end - it’s the ultimate undercover assignment.

©2007 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Excellent plotting, seriously funny twists but still thoughtful." ( Guardian)
"Funny, fast-paced satire." ( Metro)

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brilliant brookmyre

great narration paired with a superb plot and disturbingly funny story. really enjoyed and would highly recommend

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A must listen!

Brookmyre's best work (in my opinion). Incredibly sarcastic, witty and informative. Brookmyre's way of incorporating global issues into his books while keeping them thoroughly entertaining is exceptional.

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Another can't stop listening book

Always find I can't stop listening don't think there's any more in this series now sadly.

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ANOTHER GREAT STORY

Everything from the title is excellent. This author is just so good at storytelling. We are racing through his books so I do hope he writes more.

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A bit too cynical even by Brookmyre's standards

I am a huge fan of Chris Brookmyre but I found this book a little too jaded and cynical even for him. I can see why he decided to move on from Jack Parlabane at this point as he was clearly getting tired of him and the character had gone from a rich and complex figure to a caricature of a jaded hack. The writing in the style of the Daily Mail columnist was also a bit too stereotypical with the perverse effect that it rather let a deserving target off the hook.

Overall it was an enjoyable listen but as a fan of Brookmyre's work I would have to rank this as one of his lesser works and certainly not a patch on his recent renaissance with the Jasmine Sharp books and Dead Girl Walking

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Great as always but ...

I first read this several years ago, when my mum was alive and interested on "woo", it was funny then. its still funny and interesting and all I'll say is that although the practices described in the story may be true for some, thats not how all mediums work and the challenge today is sorting out those more gifted from the others.

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This book is, good but I have, issues with the, narrator.

Overall rating would’ve been 5*, but for the ongoing issues I have with this narrator. He continues to read too many commas as full stops and to emphasise the wrong words, thus spoiling the flow of so many sentences that I still sometime have to go back and listen again in order to grasp what is actually meant. It’s soooo frustrating as his “local” accents and, particularly, his character differentiations are really good. I have to agree also, with another reviewer who comments on some “dodgy accents” in this book too.

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good with some tedium

really clever story but some of the narrative in support of the believers is a bit long and unimaginative. Normally rewarded with a laugh bit often leaving you debating continuing listening

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Another brilliant read from Angus King

Treat story, even better read by Angus King. On to the next Jack Paralabane story now.

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Classic Brookmyre

Jack at his best, quick witted cynical self. An interesting subject matter with some great explanations and great carryover of old characters (got to love spammy)