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Be My Enemy

Narrated by: Angus King
Series: Jack Parlabane, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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It was a junket, a freebie. A 'team-building' weekend in the highlands for lawyers, advertising execs, businessmen, even the head of a charity. Oh, and a journalist, specially solicited for his renowned and voluble scepticism - Jack Parlabane.

Amid the flying paintballs and flowing Shiraz even the most cynical admit the organisers have pulled some surprises - stalkers in the forest, power cuts in the night, mass mobile phone thefts, disappearing staff, disappearing guests: there's nothing can bring out people's hidden strengths or break down interpersonal barriers quite like not having a clue what's going on and being scared out of your wits.

However, when the only vehicular access for thirty miles is cut off, it seems that events are being orchestrated not just for pleasure....

And that's before they find the first body. Thereafter, 'finding out who your colleagues really are' is not so much an end product as the key to reaching Monday morning alive.

©2004 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The most mischievous white-knuckle writer." ( Daily Express)
"Shrewd and pitch-black humour." ( Telegraph)

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  • Stephen
  • 12-09-16

Love this author's work!

This is the third book that I've gone through of this author &and I'm just about to buy another. I love the style of writing, and the humour. Don't get me wrong it's a serious book but written with humour. The main character is hilarious. He's pretty much an anti hero with a dour, dry & sarcastic wit. Simply, brilliant.

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  • Jane
  • 06-23-16

How does he dream them up!

I am a Brookmyre convert and this did not disappoint. A great storyteller, always something that you can't anticipate, and Angus King as narrator does it justice.

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  • Andy
  • 04-15-16

Outrageous story, but you loved it all the same

What did you like most about Be My Enemy?

Great characterisations superbly narrated by Angus King. I've never switched my view point on characters so often, from outright hatred to deep felt sympathy

What was one of the most memorable moments of Be My Enemy?

Defending the Hall from the murderous hoards, using ingenuity in doing so. Funny too.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The 1980's political heated discussion e.g. Jack Parlabane's retort to one remark went

"the world has gone PC mad!!!!..........oh the desperate cry of the thwarted bigot" - priceless.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing in particular, wasn't that type of story.

Any additional comments?

Brookmyre is literary gold. If you like his work, you'll love this.

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  • Ann D
  • 02-08-16

Erm . . . Speechless, in a good way!

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I have never read or listened to anything like this before. I don't want to include spoilers here, so it's difficult to say too much. The story is very unusual. During the first half, not much happens, yet it remains compelling. During the second half, too much happens, a good deal of which requires a fair degree of suspension of belief, yet it remains compelling! This is my second book by this author, the first being Black Widow which was much more conventional. Brookmyre is clearly an excellent writer. In both books, there is nothing sloppy or cliched. I'm off to read more from him.

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  • traveller
  • 11-01-15

Brookmyre up to standard

You know what you're getting you just don't know where it is
Best Brookmyre I've come across for a while

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  • SteAndDenise
  • 03-01-16

This combination of author and narrator is just so

A great story, with believable characters, and some excellent set peices, the entrance in the snooker room was hysterical.

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  • Lucy C
  • 07-29-19

Not his best book

I found it a bit ‘home alone’ - listened to the end because the characters were interesting but it was a bit lacking in plot.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-30-18

Nah....

Implausible plot, thinly drawn characters, unrealistic reactions to horrors previously unknown - not very good at all. Narrator does his best but some strange mangling of sentences and stresses in odd places. Nah....

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  • Miss Ruth
  • 10-31-18

Stick with it..... The last parts great.

I really struggled with this one, as other reviewers have said, the first third of the book is almost of no relevance to the rest of it.
I actually found first 65% irrelevant, the last part almost makes up for it as it reminded a lot of One fine day in the middle of the night, which I loved.
I just can't get over how awful the first bit is though.

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  • jackie
  • 10-27-18

Fantastically funny

This is my 7th Christopher Brookmyer book and already have next one ready it's dark gruesome and hilarious so not for squeamish or easily offended .Also be careful where you listen to this author sudden laughter and at times uncontrollable can happen ;)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-18

Gutsy

This story has guts, but also plenty of other body parts. Bloody wonderful book. Pardon the bad puns.