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Codename Villanelle

Killing Eve, Book 1
Narrated by: Laura Kirman
Series: Killing Eve, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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Summary

She is the perfect assassin.

A Russian orphan, saved from the death penalty for the brutal revenge she took on her gangster father's killers.

Ruthlessly trained. Given a new life. New names, new faces - whichever fits.

Her paymasters call themselves The Twelve. But she knows nothing of them. Konstantin is the man who saved her and the one she answers to.

She is Villanelle. Without conscience. Without guilt. Without weakness.

Eve Polastri is the woman who hunts her. MI5, until one error of judgment costs her everything.

Then stopping a ruthless assassin becomes more than her job. It becomes personal.

©2018 Luke Jennings (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Excellent, thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommend!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Luke Jennings first installment of Codename Villanelle Book 1. The actress, Laura Kirman, was excellent, changing from accent to accent, and different characters. She really brought the book to life! I have also watched tv series season 1 and 2 and, the audio books, really fill in the gaps and the back story of Villanelle and Eve. I have also listened to book 2 which was highly compelling. Looking forward to book 3 with great anticipation. Great work and inspiring me to get on with my writing ambitions and dreams! looking forward to season 3 on tv, which has been commissioned!

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Gripping

Having seen the TV series and loved that, I thought I’d try the book. IMO this is much better than the TV series and is sufficiently different to have kept my interest.
I’m off to download book two.

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the TV series is better than the book

I left that the TV series has better character construction and is less OTT. I feel some of especially Villanelle's scenes are just so exaggerated that they become a bit ridiculous. Also, although the narrator is generally good, there's a lot of foreign words in the book and I'm Italian-French and feel a bit annoyed that so many are mis-pronounced. I completely understand it's very difficult to pronounce foreign words, but I felt like there hadn't been enough attention/research to how they are supposed to be pronounced and instead it was kind of just 'winging it's but putting on a French or Italian accent (I can't comment on the Russian since I don't speak it!). I literally rather hear an anglophone prononciation of an Italian word than a trying-to-pull-off-sounding-Italian-without-checking-how-to-say-this-word attempt. This happens in so many audiobook to be fair and it's frankly a bit insulting. it's particularly obvious in this mover because of how many words there are.... I feel it's worth while having a translator work closely with the narrator to get the pronounciation right, or just stick to how one would just say it in English. thanks

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  • Stephen
  • Woking, United Kingdom
  • 02-08-19

As good as the TV Series

I watched the Killing Eve TV Series and really enjoyed it. If you did too – you won't be disappointed.
The entire listen is really brought to life by the excellent narration of Laura Kirman. Superb.

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  • vs
  • 28-05-19

"Unputdownable"

Really good audio narration, storyline is richer and different to the BBC Drama. Keeps you gripped and not wanting to stop. Could have listened to in one go if ordinary life didn't get in the way, would be perfect for long travels.

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Gripping....and then it ends abruptly!

I loved this book and was totally hooked for a couple of days. Then it abruptly ended without premise or conclusion. As much as I enjoyed the book, I do feel slightly ripped off having purchased. I will no doubt finish the series, but the book isn't really good value for money. 2 books should be combined as 1 purchase, feel like I've only been given a taster of the story!

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Disappointing

This started off well but soon lost its way. The end came before I even thought it had reached a conclusion. I guess it's making us all yearn for book 2!
A few dreadful pronunciation errors really should have been edited out.

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Fantastic

Loved the story, excellent narration. Brilliant writing. Very entertaining and vivid read. Highly recommend it.

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Incredible

Hooked in the first 15mins
already bought the second books I hope it's just as good

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Couldn't get into it..

I didn't finish the book, in fact I only got through a few chapters but it just wasnt to my taste. Maybe it was the accents? I do think the narrator done a good job though.

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  • Casey Digital Design Inc.
  • 13-05-19

My favorite books I have bought from Audible!

I got into this writer's work after watching the stellar TV show "Killing Eve". What I really loved was that although the TV and book's main characters are very alike, the stories are different. The book isn't just a complex rehashed screenplay version of the show. You can read and watch both, and not be experiencing the same stories. Although the show borrows heavily from the books environment and main characters, many parts and stories about Villanelle and Eve are different. To be honest, some of the killings Villanelle carries out in the book, couldn't even be on TV. I was excited about how the characters seem so human; real, confused and conflicted about things they feel they have to do regardless of their feelings. The moral quandary for both the hero and villain, protagonist and antagonist, is fascinating. The narrator was perfect for the story. Her expression, variation and pacing of the storytelling and characters and moods made me feel it was really happening. I went through both audio books "Codename Villanelle" and "No Tomorrow" in less than a week! I often lose interest in a so-so book and never finish them, so this isn't typical for me. Dark, deep, character driven, gritty and engaging books and well worth the money. Hope we'll see more like this soon. I have read a lot of suspense, but there is something unique about the world Jennings creates that draws you into it and you don't want to leave.These are my favorite books I have bought from Audible!

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  • Elena greer
  • 15-02-19

very exciting and different from the show

the plot is far more complex in this book than in the show. the characters are also very different

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  • Kephra
  • 01-03-19

the show is way better

the book is nowhere near as interesting as the show which is surprising cuz usually everyone says the book is better but not in this case

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  • Lorie Christian
  • 09-03-19

Not the Same as the TV Show -- But Worthwhile!

I thought I would read the gook after watching Season 1 on Hulu. I am glad to say that it is not a duplicate of the show's storyline and, if you like the characters on the show, you should enjoy the book. My problem is that Villanelle is "beautiful" but has a visible scar. When in fact to be unnoticeable, it is best to not stand out in any way. Take a look at most models without make-up -- very plain. But it is their ability to be "transformed" that makes them stars. If Villanelle is trying to become an assassin who is internationally known but elusive -- like the Jackal -- this story-line makes sense. And I enjoy Eve's home life. She is accessible and understandable. However, both women need a little more fleshing out in the books and need more twists in the book like the TV show has. I don't like to know where a story is going before the writer gets there, and some of the scenes in the book I can predict too easily.

The narrator has a bit of a hard time keeping accents straight, which becomes a bit irritating. Other than that it is a good performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-19

Awesome

I watched the show before I had the pleasure of reading the book. The show was so great that when I heard there was a book series for them I didn’t wait to get a copy of them both. The book has similarities to the show but the book is more sexual and has more details in certain things that the show leaves viewers to wonder about. The show only took certain parts from the book so don’t think because you read the book it will spoil the show or vice versa. I recommend this book to all killing eve fans, it was truly a great read!

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  • S. Luchessa
  • 14-03-19

skip it

if you want mindless sex and violence with a sprinkling of transphobia, read this. if you want genuine suspense and meaningful characterization/character interactions, watch the show.

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  • Wendy S. Bell
  • 09-08-19

Love this book!

I watched with miniseroes with Sandra OH first. Great job in casting. The book was great to listen to as well. Enjoyed it.very much!

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  • meg
  • 03-08-19

I love the TV series and I loved this book

I always enjoy getting a different perspective of the shows that I like. I really enjoyed this book because Villanelle was still the same kind of person in the book that she was in the TV series. But the book gave me a different take, which I really enjoyed. I am really excited to read the second book and have already started it.

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  • Reed Parker
  • 12-06-19

Equally as wonderful as the show

The show and books are very equally balanced in both writing style and tone. The seductive and provocative language makes this a fascinating listen, recommend this highly.

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  • Nicboogie
  • 05-06-19

First Time TV show is better than book

I didn't really like this book, I thought it was boring and I just kept thinking the TV show is better. especially Villlanelle.