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Set in the East End of London from the tail end of the seventies up until the present day, The Business is a tale of drugs, prostitution, and a young girl's fight for survival - against all the odds.

Imelda Dooley is scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and now she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this. And it's not going to be her. So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders.

When Mary Dooley's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows she must graft to keep the family afloat. And graft she does, becoming a name in her own right. But she still has to watch her daughter's life spiral into a vicious, hate-fuelled cycle of drugs and prostitution.

Caught up in the carnage that is Imelda's existence are Mary's adored grandchildren, Jordanna and Kenny. Pretty little Jordanna isn't yet three and she already knows far too much. All she can do is look after her baby brother and try not to draw attention to herself.

©2008 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital

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the business

another gripping tale of harsh, gangland life of london by Martina Cole. Thoroughly enjoyed this book especially while out on one of my long walks. As ever harsh, hard hitting and exceptionally emotive. My only criticism being the narrator who at times I felt was very wishy washy and used limited expression.

Well worth a listen

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Lady good

Dragged on a bit repeatedly things over and over not as good as some of her other audiobooks

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Amazingly read

Thank you Annie Aldington, love your narration, have found myself looking for the books that you are doing the narration for 😊 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and 10/10 Annie Aldington

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Great story

Really liked this one. I like the narator,well read. You know it's good when main character makes you dislike her

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so alike

I listened to faceless and enjoyed it. however this is so, so similar. lost interest.

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Not as good as passed books

The sory dragged on I didn’t enjoy this book as much as other book Martina has written

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repetitive but good storyline

I enjoyed the story but it was very repetitive at times. Could have probably narrowed it down by about 5 hours. good narration.

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Relieved to get to the end

Could have been a great story, but the constant repetition of the same information felt like the author thought the reader was stupid. Some phrases, too, were repeated so often that they jarred when you heard the first couple of words.
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good but not the best

took me a bit to get into it as it dident seem to have the good start in power other books had but very gritty and was ok once I got half way through..not my best Cole book

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Long winded and repetitive

I love Martina Cole but this book is lacking her usual excellence . The story and characters lacked depth which is unusual for this writer

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  • Tracy Jordan
  • 30-05-12

Boring Business

I enjoy Martina Cole's novels but this book was very repeatitive, the story not ever going anywhere. Because of the setting and characters in the novel the language is extreemly crude throughout. Try Lady Killer, a far better listen by the same author.

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  • Jane Ellen Allen
  • 01-04-21

Gritty and gripping.

From chapter one you are plunged into the dark side of London life in a way only Martina Cole can propel you.

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  • Gary Regan
  • 08-08-17

Good Writing, Bad Editing

What did you like best about The Business? What did you like least?

I love the subject matter that Martina Cole covers, but I believe that her work would be far better if she had a decent editor. I lost count of how many times she used phrases such as "sooner rather than later," and "s/he smiled widely." It drove me crazy. There's a chance that Ms. Cole is successful enough to ignore her editors and insist that her books be published "as is," and if that's the case, then I think that she should re-think her stand.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was predictable, but satisfying.

What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator is really pretty good, though she'd b e better if she read the book a couple more times before narating, just so she understands the nuances in certain sentences, though I'm being a little harsh here.

Any additional comments?

I really hope tht the author reads this review. I'm trying to be helpful.

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  • J. SKLAR
  • 06-06-12

nasty language from start to finish

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Cleaner language, and the author repeats herself as if we are too dumb to remember what she already wrote.

Would you ever listen to anything by Martina Cole again?

probably not