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Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-2020

Fantastic book - creative, funny, exciting and so well written. And a superb narrator does it justice. Highly recommended!

His greatest love is himself.

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-2020

Given his experiences, this should have been a wonderful read. However Viesturs’ interest in promoting his omniscience and perfection is grating. According to him he sees every error before it happens. No one else is as wise as he. And as for his comments on the late Chantal Mauduit - she summits, but the focus is her ‘tits’ and him being the one she chose to sleep with - intimate information she may have wished to stay private. Unfortunately the very ‘corny’ narration style does not help at all.

A fantastic series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-2020

Rankin and Macpherson offer so many reasons to keep downloading these books: Rankin provides great characterisation, great plots, well researched police details and authentic Scottish flavour. Macpherson is a skilled and exciting narrator who brings it all to full colour. Just such a great duo.

Great story, very well read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-2020

Great Rankin story and the narrator was excellent. Coming back for next one. Love Rebus.

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-2020

An interesting story, beautifully written and superbly read. Going back for another. Maugham is masterful.

Poor Le Carré, great Jayston.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-2020

Not one of Le Carré’s best: not one likeable character and plot not overly interesting. Kept going only for Jayston’s reading which was fantastic as always.

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-2020

Funny, informative, great writing, fantastic characterisations. Narration superb with great delivery of humour and wonderful interpretations of characters. I will love Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe for the rest of my life. Loved the history & science despite not being all that clever, or a tech or math nerd. Thanks Neal. A real pleasure.

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Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-2020

Funny, informative, great writing, fantastic characterisations. Narration superb with great delivery of humour and wonderful interpretations of characters. I will love Sergeant Bobby Shaftoe for the rest of my life. Loved the history & science despite not being all that clever, or a tech or math nerd. Thanks Neal. A real pleasure.

Below previous standard

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-2020

Plot unwieldy and repetitive. Needed a more ruthless edit. Narration odd - like a bad play with exaggerated villain voices. The men sound like querulous women, the women sound like bores and Shardlake often comes across as foolish and incompetent. Not good.

Another fantastic book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-2020

Le Carré & Jayston are such a great combination- excellent plot enriched by Le Carré’s deep knowledge of Russia & espionage: and the rich mellow voice of Jayston with his gift for accents and characters. Brilliant.