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House of Cards

House of Cards Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Samuel West
Series: House of Cards, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, General
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Summary

The acclaimed political thriller that first introduced the unforgettable Francis Urquhart MP and launched Michael Dobbs’ best-selling career. 

Michael Dobbs’ entertaining tale of skulduggery and intrigue within the Palace of Westminster has been a huge hit with the public. Its scheming hero, Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, who uses fair means and foul to become Prime Minister, is one of the best-known characters of the last decade - the politician we all love to hate.

Acclaimed for its authenticity and insights into a secret world - the result of many years working behind the scenes for the Conservative Party - it became a highly popular, award-winning BBC TV series, with Francis Urquhart memorably portrayed by Ian Richardson, and was followed by two further sequels, To Play the King and The Final Cut, which also became top-rating TV series.

©2018 Michael Dobbs (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Alistair
  • KIRKWALL, United Kingdom
  • 10-08-18

Time to lay the cards on the table

This production of House Of Cards is excellently done. Samuel West does a brilliant job portraying all the various figures and showing the infighting explode from a version of late 80s and early 90s Conservative Party government. The book is definitely well written as being authored by a figure who was previously heavily involved in the aforementioned political party allows the scheming and backstabbing to come across as very realistic given the personalities of the characters.

This first book in the series also allows its main newspaper figure and all of her glory moments and mistakes or...almost all of them to be at least understandable even if the reader believes they wouldn't make the same mistakes themselves. I loved listening to this version of the first book much like I loved the original late 80s BBC TV adaptation and plan to listen to the other books in the series very soon. They are already ordered. Consider this review a hearty endorsement of this book and the series if you enjoy political scheming and sabotage.

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excellent - a wicked insight into British Estab.

Gripping from start to finish. Best narrator on your books. Can't wait for book 2

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Brilliant story fantastic narration

Samual West brings the story alive. Is it the best audio book I've heard... I couldn't possibly comment.

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Modern classic, beautifully narrated

it doesn't get much better than this. House of Cards is a fantastic story written by a genuine Downing Street Insider during the Thatcher years. Note it ud set in the UK and bears little relation to the vastly inferior US tv series. it is well plotted and beautifully written. Samuel West's narration is top-notch. You might think you detect a nod to the late great Ian Richardson in his rendering of Francis Urquhart, but i couldn't possibly comment.

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  • Emily
  • 09-09-18

A classic political tale of schemes and trickery

Michael Dobbs' tale of political trickery remains as fresh today as when it was first published. The BBC series (from the 90s) and the Netflix series have only ensured its legacy as a must read for those who like politically savvy novels with a hefty dose of dark humour.

In terms of this novel, Francis Urquhart (the protagonist) remains a brilliantly constructed character whose craftiness is both disturbing and inspiring - you're left with have a feeling he's going to win, but have to keep listening to find out how he's going to triumph and who he'll leave floundering in his wake. Samuel West reads the novel with the perfect mix of cool reserve and a sense of witty and cynical disclosure in the monologues. It all makes for engrossing listening.

Should you immediately purchase and listen to this audiobook? Well, to quote Francis Urquhart himself, "you might very well think that, I couldn't possibly comment."

One note about the version - this is the revised edition of the novel, republished to tie in to the BBC series and set up the subsequent novels. If you're looking for the original version, this isn't it, and the search continues! (Audible, please let us have that one too - I believe it's narrated by Paul Eddington ...)