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Harry's Game

Narrated by: John O'Mahony
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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Summary

A British cabinet minister is gunned down on a London street by an IRA assassin. In the wake of national outcry, the authorities must find the hitman. But the trail is long cold, the killer gone to ground in Belfast, and they must resort to more unorthodox methods to unearth him. Ill prepared and poorly briefed, undercover agent Harry Brown is sent into the heart of enemy territory to infiltrate the terrorists. But when it is a race against the clock, mistakes are made and corners cut. For Harry Brown, alone in a city of strangers, where an intruder is the subject of immediate gossip and rumour, one false move is enough to leave him fatally isolated....

©1975 Gerald Seymour (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

Critic reviews

"Absorbing from beginning to end... the sort of book that makes you lose track of time" ( New York Times)
"Devastatingly good...you can smell the mean streets where the terrorists hide" ( Spectator)
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Very good gripping tale

Where does Harry's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best and certainly the best Seymour

What did you like best about this story?

Well written, good characters, plausable plot and very good narration

Which character – as performed by John O'Mahoney – was your favourite?

Harry - well performed and nice stress on the inner tension he experiences

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

Any additional comments?

Id advise anyone to have a listen

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Could not put it down

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The stupidity of Politicians, Army officers and dim squaddies is unbelievable. An excellent thriller by Gerald Seymour and well narrated.

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Fantastic

This book has been one of my favourites but this reading brought it to life. The narrator brought all the individual characters alive with brilliant sections of dialogue. His rendition of the whole gamut of accents deserves an Oscar. This is a book that should be read by everyone interested in the stupidity of aggression. It shows in a truly compassionate and dramatic way the sad consequences to all involved when fanaticism runs riot. No one is in the right and no one is in the wrong but the consequences for those involved and those on the perifery is tragic. This Audible version will be one I will listen too over and over again.

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Very real, fiction written around reality.

What made the experience of listening to Harry's Game the most enjoyable?

I read this book when it was first published and the subject was current and in some ways a bit politically taboo, but I've listened to it several times since. It's not dated and it still engages me even though I know the story. It's well written and the performed is excellent.
A difficult subject written from a completely neutral stand point. The characters all have depth and the book makes you feel for both sides, their struggles become very real regardless of your belief.
The story may be fiction, but not so far from the reality of the time its set in. I think the story comes over so very real and the author captures the time perfectly, but I expect this was helped as he was reporting the real news during these difficult time.
This book make no political statements and is not a war story, or shoot 'em up. It's a really good drama. Give it a go, you'll be surprised.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry

What about John O'Mahoney’s performance did you like?

John O'Mahoney bring the sorry to life and his accent and consistency made for a great performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes,

Any additional comments?

If you watched the TV adaption of this book (which they'd never show now days) don't just pass the book over. The TV series was good, but not a patch on the book. The is far more engaging.
If you like this "The Journeyman Tailor" is a must.

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Authentic and welll written thriller...

Where does Harry's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not top and not bottom, somewhere in the middle.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry's Game?

The scene in the Policeman's House, which I won't spoil for anyone.

Have you listened to any of John O'Mahoney’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I thought his performance was good.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

1970's Belfast, the Provos were becoming more and more audacious...then came Harry Brown.

Any additional comments?

I thought it was a well written book, full of suspense. It captures a time which is thankfully long forgotten from most people's memory and does not portray either of the main protagonists in a good light - a pretty accurate reflection, I imagine. It takes a little while to get going but once the scene is set, moves along at a decent pace. The book is well read by an accomplished actor, who brings the characters to life well. Overall, I would definitely recommend it for people who enjoy thrillers.

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The underbelly of the spy game.

A wonderfully written piece of literature. The story never never rages, it's more of a constant burn, a thorn in the side as opposed to a dagger in the heart. The characters are three dimensional and the plot is a thick broth of intrigue. It's has pathos in abundance and certainly deserves it's long held reputation as a classic.

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What goes around, comes around

I have been living in the republic of Ireland for 11 years now. It is the most peaceful, gentle place I have ever lived in. My experience of the Irish people is that they are kind, considerate and have a great sense of community. To read about how a bunch of bullies can distort a community and destroy peoples trust in each other was heartbreaking. Reading about Northern Ireland reminded me of Nazi Germany, neighbors informing on each other and people scared to have an opinion. I found this book fascinating, honest and poignant. It was a good read and one that haunts me still. I find myself reflecting back on certain chapters wishing I could re-write them with a happier ending. This one will stay with me.

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Superb!

Excellent, without doubt this is the s characters and the situations demonstrate the complexity of the troubles. Narrated masterly by John O’Mahony bringing the characters to life vividly.

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A journey back in time

This book takes you back to a time where life was more simple but so cruel and shocking. It’s a well written book with a story where there is no winner thoroughly enjoyed listening to this.

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a real cracker, read superbly well.

I still think it's his best book. the plot is superbly work out and I felt I was right there in Belfast with the characters.