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Dead Lions Audiobook

Dead Lions

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Publisher's Summary

London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The "slow horses", as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can’t be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle - not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there - even if it means having to collaborate with one another.

Now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade’s circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?

©2013 Mick Herron (P)2013 AudioGO

What the Critics Say

"The narrative picks up real steam and becomes genuinely thrilling. The novel is equally noteworthy for its often lyrical prose." (Publisher's Weekly)

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    Aaron 01-15-15
    Aaron 01-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Top Ten"

    A mystery in a day in the life of Slough House.

    MI5 has a cast-off department where screw-ups and castaways go to pasture. Whether it is because of gambling addictions, or leaving a file on a subway car, everyone at Slough House is a "slow horse" or, as they are sometimes referred, "Special Needs".

    The character development is filled out enough that you have a feeling of who the main players really are, and you know what makes them tick. They are the underdogs, and deep down want to prove themselves.

    When they catch wind of a sleeper cell from Cold War times being awakened, they might have a chance to redeem themselves.

    Slow Horses is the prequal to Dead Lions.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Faja4x Central MA, United States 02-09-16
    Faja4x Central MA, United States 02-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Mick Herron is a good author...but..."

    But the narrator is really really really bad. It is like he is reading aloud to children. And his interpretation of the book really is off. This audio book is also narrated by Sean Barrett and he is fantastic, but try as I might I was not able to get a copy and was stuck with this copy which I chose to pay for instead of using a credit because it was so cheap. I really liked the first book...Slow Horses...and am muddling my way through this version...I don't know what they were thinking using Mr. Barrett for the first book and then going with Mr. Healy for Dead Lions...but they must have had second thoughts to then have Mr. Barrett do Dead Lions as well. It is available in that version in the UK and Australia, etc...ugh.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A. Hill LA, CA 05-21-16
    A. Hill LA, CA 05-21-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Story, Not Great Narration"

    Unfortunately I have to agree with a couple of the other comments on this book regarding the narration. The narrator does not seem at all interested in the words he is reading and is continually placing the incorrect emphasis on words in sentence after sentence. He also mispronounced a number of words throughout the book. For example, the word seconded when used to describe an agent being seconded to another branch of the secret service is pronounced differently to if it was used to describe a motion in the Houses of Parliament being seconded by a member. The narrator was also very poor at adopting different voices and accents to represent different characters in the book, making it difficult to follow who was saying what at times. I would recommend the publishers listen to Alex Wyndham narrating The Strangler Vine for an example of a flawless narration. The storyline and characters in the book are both great so i did listen to it until the end, Looking forward to the next book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Lewis Rozelle, NSW Australia 04-28-16
    Steven Lewis Rozelle, NSW Australia 04-28-16 Member Since 2010

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    "Spoiled by an arrogant narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If you are an American narratating a book set in England, you might perhaps check that you've got the pronunciation of place names correct. After that, you might check the pronunciation of words that you've obviously not heard aloud before -- "plastique" or "secondment", for instance. It saves time and money just to have a bash at them but it doesn't half spoil it for the reader who does know how they're pronounced. If this seems unreasonable, Mr Healy, perhaps you could imagine me reading an American book to you and pronouncing, say, "Berkley" and "clerk" the English way because, screw it, who cares, hey? That's right: you and we don't say "tomato" the same way, it's not just a song.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Healy?

    The chap who narrated "Slow Horses" was a big reason I bought the second book. Bring him back, please. I'm sure Mr Healy is a fine narrator when he's familiar with the words. It's just a shame his comfort zone extends farther than it should.


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    Holly Collins 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I can't get past the first chapter!"
    What disappointed you about Dead Lions?

    The narrator, Michael Healy is terrible.Disappointing, as the previous volume's narrator was great, G Doyle.I will order the kindle version of this instead.Love the writer Mick Herron and all the characters.


    What could Mick Herron have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Screen the narrator, go back to Gerard Doyle perhaps.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Made it impossible to listen any further.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meg 08-18-16
    Meg 08-18-16

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    "Even better than the first"

    This is an excellent follow up to Slow Horses. The same cast of characters is back and they are better developed (and funnier) than I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed Slow Horses, but I think Dead Lions is even better.
    There is something so unique and charming about these books. It's a typical spy thriller (fast-paced, lots of action), but in addition the writing is sharp and it's incredibly funny. In fact, this is some of the best writing I have heard recently. If you enjoy the intrigue of spy novels, but are bored of the same ol' same ol', you might enjoy these novels.
    However (and this is a BIG However), the narration is not good. To be fair, it's not the worst narration I've ever heard, but it's close. It's unfortunate, because this is a great book. I was able to get past it and enjoy the book, but for the first half hour I was really annoyed. Perhaps listen to the sample before buying to make sure you can cope with it and stil enjoy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 08-17-16
    Alan 08-17-16
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    "Tom Sharpe light"

    The book is a satiric look at the functioning of a government institution, in this case MI-5. It is not nearly as funny as it needs to be, for as dark as it is. In my experience Tom Sharpe defined this genre. His prose was so biting (and hilarious) that he actually got kicked out of a country (South Africa). Unfortunately, only 2 of his books are available on audible in English.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Roessner Grove City, USA 08-08-16
    D. Roessner Grove City, USA 08-08-16 Member Since 2012

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    "A hit!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Lions to be better than the print version?

    the characters are interesting and the story, the pace and the narration are spot on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jgfox 08-04-16
    jgfox 08-04-16

    Listening to Audiobooks around the time Edison first put them on line ... or close to that time. ... Books on Tape 1974. Love Old Radio

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    "Betrayal and Murder in and out of M15"
    What did you love best about Dead Lions?

    Murder, betrayal, kidnapping, death, corruption and ... did I mention betrayal? And that's just within M15 ... British Intelligence.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Lions?

    TNC ... too many to count. You think you understand the plot and action ... then you find that you were following a false trail


    Have you listened to any of Michael Healy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No ... just shouting out loud in my car when a twist in the plot or turn I never expected occurs. "WOW!" "Sxit" .. 'No Way!" ( I try not to shout in public ... but when the crowd I was in "scattered" I may have.)


    Any additional comments?

    I’m a “hardened” longtime, mystery and spy reader and I think I can track and decode many of the plot lines. But in the Herron books, I often find as I track one plot line .... and I’m pretty sure I knew where it’s going based on the spoken dialogue and background, I hit a “OH Shxt” moment ... a “WOW” moment where something twists, turns and reveals what really is happening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 12-04-15
    John NJ, United States 12-04-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Not as good as book 1, not close"

    I really enjoyed the first book - Slow Horses, one of my favorites. But this was just the same characters kind of re-hashed. Maybe it's just not a concept that fits well for a series, but didn't work for me. too bad.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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