LISTENER

Sue

  • 2
  • reviews
  • 0
  • helpful votes
  • 166
  • ratings
  • Spook Street

  • Slough House, Book 4
  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laconic prose brings the binds of toil to life

  • By Orca on 21-05-2017

Just brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-2017

The Slough House books are a rare treat. Espionage, well drawn characters and dry humour all brought together by Sean Barrett's wonderful narration. Can't recommend highly enough.

  • The Hot Countries

  • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Back when Poke Rafferty first arrived in Bangkok to write a travel guide, some of the old-timers in the Expat Bar on Patpong Road helped him make sense of the city. Now these men - many of whom have been living in Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War - have grown old and, in some cases, frail. When a talkative stranger named Arthur Varney turns up, they accept him without suspicion, failing to see that he's actually using them to get to Poke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally absorbing from the opening paragraph

  • By Sue on 15-01-2016

Totally absorbing from the opening paragraph

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-2016

What did you like most about The Hot Countries?

Timothy Hallinan is a brilliant and gifted writer. Every Poke Rafferty thriller is excellent, but for me The Hot Countries far surpassed the other books. The intricate stories intertwined with the main plot made the book a fascinating insight into Bangkok, its inhabitants and human nature.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hot Countries?

There were so many memorable moments in this multi layered book that i would feel unjust in trying to choose one moment over another.

Which character – as performed by Victor Bevine – was your favourite?

Victor Bevine is a wonderful and talented narrator. Although Poke has to be my favourite character Victor Bevine is so good that each character has his or her own distinctive voice.

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

It is indeed. I spent far too much time in my car, where I do the majority of my audible listening, long after I had reached my destination. Just didn't want to interrupt the story!

Any additional comments?

I would count this book in my top ten list and hope that anyone who would enjoy an exceptional thriller will listen to The Hot Countries. I know they won't be disappointed. The writing is excellent and the narration brilliant. More Poke Rafferty, please Mr Hallinan!