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Summary

David Blake likes to think he’s no gangster. He's a white-collar criminal, working for gangster Bobby Mahoney, enjoying the money pouring in. Trouble is, a big chunk of that money has just gone missing along with Geordie Cartwright. Has Geordie done a runner or been killed by a rival gang? In a bloody finale, Blake has to make an agonising choice and someone has to pay the ultimate price....

©2011 Howard Linskey (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Jacky
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 02-03-15

A gripping graphic insight into the world of crime

This book is a gripping tale that is enhanced totally by the narrater David Nellist. His wonderful Jordie accent kept us amused and that coupled with the author's humour at times had us laughing out loud. We were totally absorbed for our journey across France and had to park up to hear the end of the story we were so engrossed. A brilliant way to pass the time on boring roads. The story is simple but well thought through with an interesting twist that one does not expect. It is quite a strange thing to find yourself on the side of the baddies and not wanting them to get caught. A book I would recommend to anyone who can understand the Jordie humour and accent not a book for someone trying to learn English!!!

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  • Barbara
  • Merseyside, United Kingdom
  • 06-07-14

great character

What did you like most about The Drop?

The story really moved along

What did you like best about this story?

The main character.

What does David Nellist bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrative was brilliant. I felt that I knew the characters.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next book

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Gripping thriller - great characters

The Drop kept me on tenterhooks - I went for long walks and drove the long way home to continue listening to the story. Gripping and a great performance. Well worth a listen

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Could not Drop the Drop

Would you consider the audio edition of The Drop to be better than the print version?

The audio version gave you so much more in bringing the story to life as the narrator's accent was first class.

What did you like best about this story?

As an exiled Geordie myself I knew all the locations mentioned, which for me gave the book added dimension.

What about David Nellist’s performance did you like?

Very down to earth no frills just fast paced good old excitement.

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

I would have listened to this in one go but forced myself to hear it over a couple of days.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to Howard Linskey next book as this will be a definite purchase for my library.

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great book

the narration was excellent with a good storyline. I enjoyed it a lot. would recommend it.

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Great story

Absolutely loved it however there isn't really any plot twists, you can see everything coming from a mile away. Still brilliant though

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Recommended

Really, really enjoyed.
One of those, must keep on listening too.
Highly plausible.
Not bad for a Geordie read! 😊

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Stunningly brilliant...get it!

Best book of the last year by a distance...

Plot, storyline, characters, depth of the story masterfully written & very well narrated with a gravitas to the main characters that’s was truly brilliant. I had read a review that nearly turned me from the book that said the accents in the narration were poor...NONSENSE..yes the odd sentence it may have slipped a few points but if you’re listening intently to the story it’s not worth a mention!

Brilliant just do it!

Steve

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Brilliant even second time around

I bought this on Audible some time ago. I have just re-listened to it, and still throughly enjoyed it. This time instead of focusing on following the ins and outs of the story I could really listen to how it was constructed, and appreciate how David's story is developed, step by step, until his fate becomes inevitable. Some books are sloppy and rubbish, and I wonder to myself what on Earth the publisher was thinking about, but this is a well crafted, solid, and absorbing read. It is extremely well read too. Want to lose yourself in a tale! I heartily recommend this.

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The story was ok, the narration very good, some little surprises but all in all an average experience

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

That the story was in Newcastle with the narrator doing very well, I thought, with the geordie accent.

Which character – as performed by David Nellist – was your favourite?

None in particular

Was The Drop worth the listening time?

Yes it was

Any additional comments?

Not this time

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  • R Jill Simpson
  • 02-12-16

Enjoyed

Sometimes a very violent but well read and with an entertaining story.
I will listen to more of his books.

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  • goodpepper
  • 10-10-14

Love this narrator

If you could sum up The Drop in three words, what would they be?

Newcastle Cracking characters

What did you like best about this story?

actually I loved the guy who read it. His accent was incredible and he never missed a beat

Which character – as performed by David Nellist – was your favorite?

I think he did a great job with the main character but i also really liked his women's voices and kinaiir. he was great as the Glasgow family

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

it made me laugh out loud at some of the phrases I recognize from my childhood and at those things he said about his girlfriend Laura. It was funny that her mothers ashes saved him.

Any additional comments?

i have purchased the other two books and the other one you have with the same narrator. it was like listening to Jimmy Nail.