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Great patches

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

Reviewed: 22-08-2020

I listened to this right through immediately as an admirer of The Police's percussion and enjoyer of spy stories. The anecdotes are amusing and diversions entertaining, but I suppose I hoped for some more anecdotes from the spy's life. It would have been awesome to hear more from the books mentioned, instead of the editorializing and pop philosophy. Entertaining overall, and a bit of a primer on modern Middle Eastern history into the bargain.

Annoying music

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

Reviewed: 01-04-2020

A great and wryly amusing story by Greene, and a decent performance by Jeremy Northam, but annoyingly marred by excessive musical breaks. They were so frequent and often lengthy that they seemed like padding to make the product longer. They were unnecessary from a story or ambiance perspective, and really grated after a short time listening. If I want to listen to music I'll subscribe to something else.

Entertaining historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 26-08-2019

In the first of a trilogy, the prelude to World War I, deciding factors and battles, and the aftermath, seen through the intimately portrayed and intertwining lives of people across the Western world. John Lee's performance is brilliant, convincingly portraying a range of accents and attitudes. Although the plot twists are like soap opera, Ken Follett's larger picture shows how social change and economy intertwine in history, and the soap washes clean the view to bring out class antagonisms. I loved it.