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John

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Couldn’t stop listening

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Reviewed: 08-28-19

Loved this book. Like watching a spy thriller except it’s all real. Tightly written and brilliantly narrated. I’ve listened to this narrator before, and he always brings a lot to the table. His performance is excellent, especially his accents and the portrayal of different characters. Highly recommend.

Riveting

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Reviewed: 08-16-19

Incredible true story told in a very cinematic way. Really well written; I found it impossible to stop listening.

Riveting and Jaw Dropping

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Reviewed: 06-11-19

The most amazing story of hubris and megalomania I've ever read. Kept having to remind myself this is a true story. Brilliantly written, thoroughly researched - tight spot on narration. Loved it.

Excellent In Every Way

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Reviewed: 05-11-19

To begin with, I couldn't disagree more with the ageist nonsense found in an earlier review regarding the narrator's voice. The narrator does a totally pro job, infusing the text with passion and emotion, and he performs the dialog like the good actor he probably is. He sounds like a real person, which perhaps might confuse those more used to a slicker, smoother homogenized voice over. The writing is incredibly good - the author expertly takes you through the serpentine twists and turns in this chilling story - weaving in what seem to be disparate stories that suddenly circle back and become central. Highly recommend.

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Riveting and blood chilling

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Reviewed: 04-13-19

A really important and brilliantly written book about not only the Jean McConville murder, but the broader canvas of the troubles in the North of Ireland. Doggedly researched and eye opening. I'm also really grateful that I chose to listen to this book rather than read it; the passionate narration of Matthew Blaney is incredible - his Belfast accent makes the whole story hit home even harder. Highly recommend.

Absolutely Fantastic

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Reviewed: 03-19-19

Can't say enough good things about this book. Michael Caine is hilarious; he's had an amazing life and he tells his story with great humor and irony and heart. Wonderful stories about the long list of show business greats he has worked with, and a very inspiring story about the power of persistence and talent. I laughed out loud many times; hearing Michael Caine read this is priceless. I also have to say that what I think I loved most about this book was that every now and then, especially in the second half, Caine can't help letting out this delightful, muffled laugh that will make you love him all the more.

Great story, poor narration choices.

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Reviewed: 02-11-19

This is a wonderfully written, tense, gripping and actually very timely story. During Reagan’s presidency, many people, myself included, mocked his hyperbole about the Russians and the threat they posed to the US and the world. From today’s perspective, he seems pretty prescient. The only problem I had with this book, was the very unfortunate choice to have the English narrator attempt to imitate Reagan and other American voices, which made everybody sound like Albert Finney, if he were from Boston, and if he were a teamster. This often took me out of the story because of how ridiculous these supposedly American voices sounded. For example, for some reason the narrator believes that Americans pronounce the word "soviet" as "Saahveeyet." A minor annoyance at first; but this drove me up the wall after hearing it dozens of times. Other than that an important book , worth listening to.

Brilliant and riveting.

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Reviewed: 12-23-18

Amazing true story that reads like a thriller. This gives great context to the crisis we find ourselves in today with Russian interference in our Democracy. The reader of this novel is outstanding - a wonderful actor who brings these real life characters into sharp relief. His ability with accents is fantastic. One quibble with the narration (or the author?): The phrase is “Tried in absentia” not “Tried in abstencia.” :-0

Brilliant work

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Reviewed: 12-05-18

Loved this book. Riveting. I thought I knew all about the Kim Philby case, but there’s so much new material here and great detail. Fantastic narration - for me the accents worked beautifully well. Highly recommend.

Laughed Hard

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Reviewed: 11-25-18

Be prepared to look foolish laughing hysterically while you’re on the subway or walking the streets listening to this book.