Jane Bell had dreamt of playing in the casinos of Monte Carlo, but in her punk phase she got herself pregnant, and now she’s 46. She's a grandmother, her dreams as dry as the dust her Dyson sucks up from her hall carpet. Then her son, Ross, a researcher working for an arms manufacturer, is forced to disappear and to part with the secrets of his research. Jane will finally get the adventure she’s always wanted but at a price....
©2005 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Memorably funny lines." (Daily Mail)
"Funny, electric and captivating." (The Times)
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"Funny, entertaining book"
Really enjoyed the book. A funny and entertaining read. Reader had a lovely voice and accents.
"smashing yarn! gripping, funny & far fetched"
This is my second Chris Brookmyre book and it won't be my last. I had to listen to the first ten minutes (or so) a few times but once I got into I was hooked right to the end. Sarah Barron is fantastic with the narration - well paced and nuanced. As a Scot living south of the border, it was a delight to hear her Scottish accent, but she was equally fluent and consistent whatever accent she adopted.
"Oh Mother, what a good tale!"
James Bond meets River City, a great plot, plenty of tension and some hilarious retribution. Slick to the end.
Felt sorry for Sarah Barron towards the end as she'd evidently contracted a bit of a cold through her narration, though this didn't dent her performance or her fulfilling the enjoyment of my listen
"I love this story."
great story. narrator a great choice but not so strong with non-jock accents. I loved listening to this.
"Losing the will to live"
Where on earth did the 5 star reviews come from. I am just about losing the will to live with this one - what a waste of a credit.
I have listened to the couple of hours, OK, maybe that's not enough to get into it - but honestly there is a limit to my patience. So far absolutely nothing has happened apart from a lot of childish banter and a trip in a helecopter!
The characters haven't made any impression on me whatsoever - I shall just cut my losses.
"Enjoyable romp, albeit a tad unbelievable"
Eventually, but there is a few more ahead of it in the list
Chaos Cottage. Gripping.
No. It's not that type of book
I love Christopher Brookmyre. A great storey teller, particularly when introducing humour. This wasn't one of those, but still stands put as a excellent thriller.
"Fun and Games - very good but not his best"
First book of Brookmyre's that I've listened to but have read a number before.
The story moves along at a good pace, has his usual blend of dry wit and brutal parts which both lead to an enjoyable story.
"Slow starter, then entertaining throughout"
A thoroughly enjoyable tale that gets you on the edge of your seat one minute and laughing out loud the next. Slow to start, but well worth the wait, with great characters and disbelief only suspended slightly.
Great adaptation of a great book. Loved it, would definitely read more by this narrator.
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