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Comfortably Numb

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2017

Having grabbed some interesting ideas about the near future, Suarez applies a creaky narrative and expects the reader to tag along. Prepare to be dumbed down and disappointed.

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Laconic prose brings the binds of toil to life

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

Reviewed: 21-05-2017

Mick Herron's series is a fine read/listen for those who enjoy the illumination of the culpable character - fallen along the way into a sort of lost and found, stumbling toward deliverance of past wrongs and failings through good deeds, or at least those that will avoid iniquity.

All through a lens of acerbic wit that, at least to this Londoner, sound as close to home as Orwell and Greene, the writers as well as the poncey grocers.

Seán Barrett is consistently ace.

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Especially creepy in this brave new world

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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: 04-05-2017

Funny how the crazy politics of this fine old school King text resonate with the current climate. James Franco's narration is perfect.

A poor cousin to Dark matter

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2017

It's a shame to get to the end of this book without any of the feelings of Michele Paver's former ghost story, Dark Matter. In several ways this is a faint photocopy of that fine book.

Cannot recommend, because Dark Matter exists, and if you want a great ghost story, go straight to it.

Paver's other books, especially the Wolf Brother series are so brilliant, this is not written with the same conviction nor their finely hewn prose.

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Rote thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-07-2016

Moderately entertaining pulp fiction of the genre elevated by one of the best narrators in the business. Sometimes that's all it takes.

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Sentimental journey

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

Reviewed: 13-05-2016

Fine writer, fine narrator. This is a sweet and sentimental story. My favourite parts of the writing were in the first half. Narration is fantastic throughout.

Why?

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

Reviewed: 09-05-2016

Where is the editor, the discipline, the originality? Whenever it began to get interesting the author slammed the door back down, leaving us with platitudes and truly bad writing for three times the length this plot needed to be.

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Good

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-2016

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Sure

Would you recommend The Shadow Patrol to your friends? Why or why not?

I came in at 12 Days, which was more mature, denser, more engaging. This feels a bit thin by comparison.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances? How does this one compare?

George is great.

Any additional comments?

Good but not great. Maybe start at 12 Days and follow with The Wolves