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In a world where magic has gone mainstream, a policewoman and a group of petty criminals are pulled into a heist to find a forbidden book of spells that should never be opened.

A new adventure begins in the world of the Laundry Files.

Dead Lies Dreaming presents a nightmarish vision of a Britain sliding unknowingly towards occult cataclysm....

©2020 Charles Stross (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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A nice diversion from Bob's storyline

Fun book, I enjoyed getting a look at a different set of characters and a story that isn't on the world ending scale.

Good narration overall, though his American accent was a minor distraction. Fortunately it's a small role.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-2021

interesting detour

i really enjoyed this book. it was time to leave Bob, st least for a while, and see what else is up in the laundry universe. this story was excellent and took a few surprising turns. well worth a read on or listen.

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  • David F Martin
  • 01-11-2020

Not the best from this series of books.

Don’t be fooled, it’s set in the world of the series of books called the laundry files but has zero laundry file content.

It’s an aside to the main series of books in which various people and organisations fight against the elder gods return.

This book is a story running alongside the other books and adds nothing to the original series, it almost as if the author is branching away from the original direction the series was taking to launch a new series.....he’s even left it open ended for a next in this series of books.

It hard to write a review without giving away plot lines and spoiling the book for others but I think this book shouldn’t have been sold as one of the Laundry Files books as it only like to them is it’s set in the same universe as the Laundry Files.

I enjoyed it as a stand alone book though, even if I found it slightly misleading being sold as a Laundry File book.

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  • Simon. M
  • 30-10-2020

Good book spoiled by poor narration and production

The story reads as a Laundry Files side-quest, in all honesty, if it wasn't by Stross, I would not have bought it based on the premise. Stross has a solid style, but a few passages just made me wonder why they were included, they add nothing and disrupt the narrative progression.

The narration and production on this audiobook are sub-standard. Todiwalla's vocal range is commendable but spoiled by numerous jarring mispronunciations. Equally offputting are the changes in timbre which make re-recorded sections glaringly obvious, there is also a duplicated sentence in Chapter 8 which is just sloppy editing.

Get it for the writing, not the performance

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  • James M Wood
  • 29-10-2020

strange pronunciations take you out of the story

This is a good story with a new set of characters and a different narrator to the other books. unfortunately there are a couple of strange pronunciations that are abrupt enough to jerk you out the story when listening. I can only assume that there are no 'proof listeners' involved in the recording process or they would have caught the mis-pronunciation of words like 'potentate' and 'grand guinol', I know this might seem petty but it really yanks you out of the moment when listeing.

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  • Alistair Broomhead
  • 01-11-2020

Great storytelling, somewhat distracting narration

Where to start? For me this has been the most enjoyable Stross novel in a long time, which is high praise given I buy them all religiously. In the other hand, while I appreciated the fun mock-ney accents from the otherwise 'RP' narrator, there were a fair few mispronounced words which detracted a little from the storytelling, most of which were technical or genre terms.

With all of this in mind I still highly recommend this book, but I wish Hachette had paid more attention to the narration, as this small errors took me out of the story momentarily, and we pay a premium for audiobooks.

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  • Alyh
  • 03-11-2020

A good follow up on the Laundry verse.

I have been eagerly awaiting this release for some times. I love the Laundry files and have been interested to see how the world spans out. This didn't disappoint. All the characters are new which at first put me off. However I think by using new characters it gave a compelling twist on the world building. As usual Stross shows us this fantastical world through the eyes of people with quite ordinary wants and desires. I hope this isn't the last book in the Laundry files as I'm desperate to hear more.

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  • Mr. A. Manning
  • 01-11-2020

Spoilt by narration

Narrator doesn't get the sense of what was written a lot of the time. An upper class 'what?' at the end of a sentence (e.g. 'He's a bit of a fool, what?') is said as if it was in response to an interruption. UK names like Anthony or Bernard are pronounced in an American fashion. A "286 computer" becomes a "Two hundred and eight six computer"

All minor issues but takes you out of the story frequently and repeatedly. In the end I abandoned the audiobook and went for the dead-tree version.

Fits into the Laundryverse as magic becomes more prevalent, and has some of the flavour of "Temps".

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  • Dawn/Ian McArdle
  • 28-10-2020

Life under the new management

Brilliant. Beautifully constructed,funny, thought provoking & gripping plot. Amazed by the excellent conclusion. More please!

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  • J G
  • 28-10-2020

Another superb adventure set in the Laundry Files

Okay, first of all I've religiously collected every single one of the books in the Laundry Files series and I never thought I'd like any characters more than Robert (Bob) Howard. Well how wrong I was!

This book, the first in a planned series in the Laundry Files universe, features a story that is both compelling, amusing, and disturbing in equal amounts, with characters that bring the story to life.

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  • John Carlyle-clarke
  • 28-06-2021

Good story, poor reading

This is definitely one of the better books in the Laundry series, but as other reviews mentioned, the narration was very distracting due to frequent mispronunciation and other quirks.

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  • mickjames
  • 03-01-2021

Some flaws however not too detracting from good story

Like many others I found the narrators pronunciation and grammatical emphasis at times annoying though as I became used to this it was less distracting. There were also a few production errors where phrases were corrected or repeated and original copy left in. The story flows at a good pace with an interest cast of new characters and the odd twist.

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