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  • A Dying Breed

  • By: Peter Hanington
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

A debut novel in the vein of Greene and le Carré, A Dying Breed is a brilliant and gripping story of the politics of news reporting, intrigue and blood set between the dark halls of Whitehall, the shadowy corridors of the BBC and the perilous streets of Kabul, in the shadowy le Carré-esque world of foreign correspondents reporting from war zones around the world. Carver, an old BBC hack, is warned off a story when a bomb goes off, killing a local official in Kabul, but his instincts tell him something isn't quite right....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping story, I just could not put it away.

  • By Julie on 06-04-16

A perfect le Carré-esque thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Hanington has clearly studied John le Carré's moody, grim and sleazy brand of spy thriller. I would have thought this was the work of the master himself. A grand tale of disillusionment and redemption as a couple jaded and overlooked old-guard Englishmen are given one last chance to do the right thing in defiance of an establishment thoroughly at peace with its own larceny. Jonathan Keeble gives a perfect performance with a full range of authentic English accents.

  • Devil May Care

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Tristan Layton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

An Algerian drug runner is savagely executed in the desolate outskirts of Paris. This seemingly isolated event leads to the recall of Agent 007 from his sabbatical in Rome and his return to the world of intrigue and danger where he is most at home. The head of MI6, M, assigns him to shadow the mysterious Dr. Julius Gorner, a power-crazed pharmaceutical magnate, whose wealth is exceeded only by his greed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tristan must have never watched a Bond movie.

  • By ZZ35mm/digital on 05-01-16

Worst James Bond story EVAR!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-14

Would you try another book from Sebastian Faulks and/or Tristan Layton?

No.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sebastian Faulks again?

No. The story makes no sense, the characters' motives are absurd and James Bond behaves like the worst, most incompetent spy in the world. Its a terrible story, and screams with the most clichéd Bond stereotypes of a philandering drunk out to use violence to perpetuate western hegemony. Ian Fleming was no Shakespeare, but at least his stories made sense, his characters were plausible, and Bond had redeeming qualities. This is just rubbish.

What didn’t you like about Tristan Layton’s performance?

His foreign accents are pitiful. If you're that bad at accents, don't try. Just read the characters naturally.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Save your money or credits. Get something else. Jeffrey Deaver's Carte Blanche is a much better story.

  • Pricing the Future

  • Finance, Physics, and the 300-Year Journey to the Black-Scholes Equation
  • By: George Szpiro
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Financial economist George G. Szpiro here tells the fascinating stories of the pioneers of mathematical finance who conducted the search for the elusive options pricing formula. From the broker's assistant who published the first mathematical explanation of financial markets to Albert Einstein and other scientists, Pricing the Future retraces the historical and intellectual developments that ultimately led to the widespread use of mathematical models to drive investment strategies on Wall Street.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Petty details detract from the topic

  • By Philo on 04-08-12

Interesting story, terrible accents!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you're interested in the history of finance and financial theory, then yes this is a nice soft introduction. The author does a reasonably good job of spicing up the fairly dry material with interesting stories that help place the events in their historical setting.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The book is filled with names, terms and phrases from French, Spanish, Latin and other languages. The narrator absolutely butchers the pronunciation of these. I really wish they'd at least given him a language coach for these bits of the book. It would be comical if it wasn't so sad.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful