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Boiling a Frog

Narrated by: Angus King
Series: Jack Parlabane, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jack Parlabane is an investigative journalist who is not averse to breaking the law for a good story.

Scottish parliament is in catatonic shock after experiencing its first dose of Westminster sleaze, and the Catholic Church of Scotland is taking advantage of the politicians' discomfort. Behind the scenes the truth is obscured.

Aware he's missing out on a great story; Parlabane discovers that contacts and a way with words is no defence against people he has helped to put away.

©2000 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Surreal, satirical, irreverent, violent and immensely funny." ( The Times )
"New Labour, the Scottish Parliament, the Catholic Church, the tabloid press, spin doctors - all of them are given a thorough knifing by Brookmyre's razor-sharp pen." ( Maxim)

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Took a long time...

To get going, but that's ok because the author's commentary on contemporary issues is a great listen too

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  • Revmama
  • 12-01-2016

slow start! brilliant finish

started slow but picked up and sped along. excellent .realty enjoyed it .on to next

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  • Gillsx
  • 29-06-2015

Brilliant!

Very funny and enjoyable. Listened to the whole book in one day. An excellent book.

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  • Barry
  • 12-01-2020

Brilliant

Loved it, best Jack P story yet.
Could listen to Chris Brookemyre books every day

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  • Lin R
  • 09-11-2019

Excellent.

Excellent story, full of intrigue and unexpected twists. Should be developed for the big screen.

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  • Samuel Osman
  • 05-11-2019

Absolutely hilarious and brilliant

Very poignant, entertaining and a great commentary on new Labour and the church. Brookmyres understanding of people is second to none.

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  • Antony
  • 18-10-2019

Hillarious!

twist after turn after twist with hillarious classic Brookmyre rants and character dialogue.
The prison character dialogue was especially impressive.
Perhaps I've read too many of these but could see the ending but never how he got there and non of the twists and turns in the story. Gripping and surprising.

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  • Ann
  • 14-10-2019

EXCRUCIATING

I'd like to thank Mr & Mrs King for producing Angus! The very best thing I can say about this book is the narrator was great!

If you're looking for a story to make house cleaning seem interesting...this is it. A great short story ruined by forcing it into a novel.

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  • Meirion
  • 26-09-2019

Disappointed

So far I have loved Brookmyre's books, but found this one too wordy. It feels like a very good short story but padded out to make a novel. Will continue with his next one however.

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  • Donna
  • 15-08-2018

political comedy show

funny,believable and a thriller. Christopher brookmyre again had me laughing and gasping at the story. Angus King again brought the story alive.

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  • Timedout
  • 24-11-2017

Fantastic in parts - boring in places

There is no doubt that Christopher Brookmyre writes with impressive intelligence but parts of this were just too much about educating the reader (or listener) - almost to the point of browbeating. There was so little action and so much information about the Scottish political and religious landscape that I almost gave up on it. I'm glad I didn't as I was rewarded for my perseverance with a scene that had me crying with laughter. I would say that the book is about 50% action and 50% political education and for this reason I still found it a bit hard going. However, it is written with wit and intelligence and took some interesting twists and turns..