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  • Dead Lions

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Michael Healy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

London’s Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their failed careers. The “"low horses", as they’re called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. But 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.

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  • By Aaron on 01-15-15

Great Story, Not Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

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.

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