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Summary

Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. And he's not as defenceless as they might think.

Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man.

'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of no-hopers at Slough House. So it's Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary to protect an agent in peril....

©2017 Mick Herron (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • K
  • 04-10-17

Another scorcher

I simply cannot get enough of this series. I'm horrified that I'm going to have to wait until February for the next instalment. What is it with writers? Don't they understand the contemporary need for instant gratification? Pshaw!

This next step, or should I say stumble, along the path with the slow horses does so at a whip-crack pace. I like the premise of this story too. Yes, it's sometimes far fetched and, as the series has gone on, the characters seem less bungling and more Bond but by now we're on their side anyway and want to see them perk up a bit and not get taken out by slickly professional assassins.

Sean Barrett is certainly now the voice of the hero Lamb and turns in another great performance.

My only complaint is the continual use of Americanisms that we British have to stomach: 'hood' 'cops' and I bet the 'BuzzLightyear' quip was a substitution for the colonials - Lamb wouldn't have a clue about 'Toy Story'. It's a British author give us the British publication for god's sake. However, I'm not going to penalise the author or narrator for an annoying corporate decision - only, listener be warned!

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Excellent as always

Love the characters. Slough House is a wonderful invention, and is packed with terrific characters you just want to follow and observe. And I love the trade craft.

A great thriller, like all in this series. Now I just have to wait for the next one.

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The Slow Horses return!

Another superb tale of the sidelined spooks and their acerbic boss, Jackson Lamb, one of the best characters of recent years. Excellent narration as usual.

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  • 02-08-17

Great series

If you could sum up Spook Street in three words, what would they be?

Modern take on MI5's miss-fits and wannabes

What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration.

Any additional comments?

Great series of novels. Characters get better and better.

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A joy to listen to

Characters, plot, prose, all excellent. Sean Barrett does his usual outstanding job. Like the rest of this series, a real treat. One sly phrase at least made me laugh aloud. I do hope there will be more of the series.

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gripping

clever witty dialogue with savage action Mick Herron at his best
Can't wait for next one

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Utterly brilliant. Fabulous. Gosh.

I have totally fallen for the 'slough house' series and this one is just as good as the earlier novels. These are brilliantly crafted, witty, sardonic thrillers which take john le carre's precision in observation, plot and character and add some very familiar 21st century flaws, some inter-departmental politics and bureaucracy, and a good dose of wit (scattered with the occasional juvenilia).
Mick Herron, you are a genius. I have nearly 400 audible titles and have posted a review for a handful (of the wonderful or awful). So I hope that statistic gives some perspective to my enthusiasm for the Slough House series. Voiced by the outstanding Sean Barrett, what is not to like??

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Spookily wonderful.

A blissful mix of world class writing and performance. What a rare, rare treat. Long live creations of this order

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  • 19-07-17

Another great book in the series

If you could sum up Spook Street in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative, tense, funny

What did you like best about this story?

It built most successfully on the themes and genre of the previous books in the excellent series.

What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

He is always reliably good.

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

Not particularly because it is fine to come back to it during car journeys. But it certainly never flags and one could listen in one go in the right circumstances.

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Hoping for another in the series.

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Could have been 5 Star

Previous books have been brilliant
Sadly this book is not
At the end I can say I enjoyed it but the first two hours were hard work
The story takes this long to start
The descriptions the characterisations are great but the reference back to previous books don't help conjure up the current scenario
So do read this book but be prepared

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  • 08-06-21

Another great adventure

I can't get enough of hanging out with Jackson Lamb and the slow Horses.

Great tale with lots of personality, highly recommend.

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  • Moose in NZ
  • 14-05-20

A real cracker; twists that caught me out.

I like his books from the outset, but this one is a snorter. As much as I love all that good character development stuff, I need a tale to have the right mix of detail and pace - this one really hit the mark. plus a few times just as I slipped into a comfortable spot and thought I knew where we'd be going, I got caught by a clever twist and I was fully engaged again. worth every dollar and minute. I just deeply wish I could go toe to toe with Jackson Lamb and smack his smirk off of his face!