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Summary

Gavin is creating a unique 'holiday experience’ - every facility any tourist who hates going abroad will ever want will all be available on a converted North Sea oil rig.

To test the facilities, he's hosting a reunion for his old school friends. He is so busy showing off that he doesn't notice that another group have invited themselves along - a collection of terrorist mercenaries who are occasionally of more danger to themselves than to the public.

©1999 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"A high octane sense of the absurd." ( The Times)
"The next star of the genre seems set to be Christopher Brookmyre." (Mark Lawson)

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No comic timing

I've read the book. made me laugh. Unfortunately the narrator has both a lack of comic timing and decent North East accent. these are both a shame. It wasn't unlistenable, but it could, I feel, have been much better.

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Cheered my day.

Came late to this early Chris Brookmyre as the blurb had made me think it wouldn't suit me. Then I was totally riveted and laughing all through. Angus King is overall a great narrator and I forgive his dreadful Sunderland efforts here as his varied native Scottish for the main characters is so much more important.

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Awful awful accents

Would you try another book written by Christopher Brookmyre or narrated by Angus King?

I LOVE Chris Brookmyre's books. The problem with this is entirely with the narration. I'm afraid Mr King's attempt at a Geordie and a Mackem accent were so appallingly bad that I literally had to stop listening as it was killing the enjoyment. I'm not from the North-East btw, it's just that the performance is so jarringly awful on those accents it really becomes impossible to ignore about 2/3rds of the way through when those characters are really at the forefront. I personally blame the director, should never have let a performance that bad be released. He's fine on other accents and I'm sure he's a capable actor but wow, awful performance on those accents.

Would you be willing to try another one of Angus King’s performances?

No.

Any additional comments?

Chris Brookmyre is absolutely wonderful and I have recommended him to loads of friends who are now fans.

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tzdjd

e w swfdrrHiya.... how are you? Hope you’re still avoiding the dreaded lurgy.... I was wondering if you would be willing to look after Alfie some time towards the end of September or beginning of October? My palzh has asked if I fancied going to Orkney, which I would obviously love to do. I’m not sure what your plans are and if you were maybe planning on a wee holiday.... I could work round you and David. If you’re willing that is....
No matter what, Alfie would love to make you a coffee sometime in exchange for a cuddle 😻 He’s presently in they huff as I gave him a flea/worming treatment but I know you would cheer him up 😻😻
Remember, you know that I wouldn’t take it personally if you didn’t fancy it.... xxxx😻😘😻

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Very funny! Favourite to date

Very funny, such a well written and intriguing story I couldn't get enough of it. in fact I think I'll probably read it again.

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Rammy on a Rig

Fab, funny and fast paced Glesga crime thriller. Crazy 80s school reunion. Loved it.

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different!

imaginative storyline for sure. love Angus King's narration. enjoyed the different characters. Anorher good listen!

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great story, just a little bit dated now perhaps?

loved this when it was released and its still a cracking read but i just find some of the tech references at focussed on and subsequently date it badly, perhaps an updated version could be considered?

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A fantastic book - let down by Ausible

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great story, well engineered, keeps you
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Who was your favorite character and why?

Has to be Ally, although Mtt and Simone + Vale are worthy of a mention

Have you listened to any of Angus King’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He reads well. Its not the voice that I thought of when I read the books, but he adds to my pleasure - an alternative view

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

Laugh

Any additional comments?

Audible have lost the last section of the book - pathetic!

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Performance lacking skill

It seems unlikely that the production company couldn’t have found a voice actor capable of reproducing at least a half-believable northeastern English accent.