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Publisher's Summary

Please note: this is novella 1 of 4 which make up the Codename Villanelle series.

In a remand centre in the Ural Mountains, Oxana Vorontsova awaits trial for triple murder. Not what you’d expect from a star linguistics student. Half a world away, her potential has been noted. Sprung from prison and trained in the dark arts of assassination, she’s reborn as the beautiful, lethal Villanelle. The price of her luxurious new life: to eliminate targets assigned to her by a shadowy group of all-powerful businessmen.

©2014 Luke Jennings (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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Want a full book

What a fun origin story. Want to know more about Villanelle. Top notch story telling

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great I love the story so far. now the next one.

great flow. this story drags you in and you can't wait for what happens next.

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Incomplete Book!

This book is incomplete and ends after chapter 3 telling you where to go to get true whole thing! The information when purchasing this product is very deceiving.

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Not the whole book.

this is only a few chapters of the book with the ability to go to another website to purchase the rest of it. I was very disappointed and wasted 1 of my credits. I will look more closely next time at the hours (or less) in the description.

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Warning: Not full novel

I bought this book once I was able to borrow a hardcover from the library with the hopes of being able to switch between audio and physical copies with ease. Unfortunately, the audio is of the first chapter only. I am not sure why it is the first chapter. At first, I thought the book hadn't finished downloading, but that waa not the case. I wish I had known about the lack of chapters, no where in the summary does it state it's not the full novel except for the short run time. For the chapter I did get, I enjoyed.

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I want more

great - i want more please - i downloaded this because the tv show is so great, the book is equally entertaining. but too short

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issa book

this was a good motherfucking book, I did so enjoy it, villanelle is a babe

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  • Becca1405
  • 08-13-17

Entertaining but disappointing

I wanted to like this but can only give it 3 stars for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it isn't the complete book. I've read Codename Villanelle & was disappointed to find that the audio book stops less than 1/2 way through. Some investigation shows that the book was originally 4 kindle singles then released as 1 book but the audio is only 1 of the singles. If you're going to do that you need to make it very clear & not call the whole book the same name as 1 of the singles to avoid confusion.

Secondly, the narrator was just wrong for the book. I actually really liked her, thought she did a good job, & will actively look out for her in a the future, but she was all wrong for a this. The main character here is ice cold, arguably a sociopath. Anytime she interacts with anyone she is manipulating them and it's all on her terms. The narrator just couldn't pull that off, she was too personable, too nice.

I found the audiobook to be entertaining & if it had been the whole book (or cheaper) I probably would have given it 4 stars, but overall it was a little disappointing.

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  • anniebabbi
  • 11-02-18

codename villanelle

Very good but a rip off for the price,why didn't luke jennings put it in one book. Went online as I thought it had not downloaded the full book,was amazed to discover that it was only 3 chapters. I think buyers should be warned it is only a very short novel. Very annoyed

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  • Chris B
  • 01-08-19

Utterly compelling

The storyline is very strong and I listened to the whole story in one go, start to finish. The narrator is outstanding and, I believe, cannot be improved upon. Enjoy.

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  • Prof
  • 12-06-18

Watch the TV shows - they are better

I did not like the narrator, or the style of the writing with its overuse of superlatives. The main character seems implausibly to hover between full on psychopathy and caring about her pursuer. This is just about bearable in the TV show, but not so when this is explained in more detail in the book at least this saved me ordering the other 2

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  • Ana Silva
  • 12-05-18

Only 3 chapters. Don't bother watch Killing Eve

Too short with very little story. Great narration (same girl as reads Girl With All The Gifts I think). But dont bother. Just watch the show Killing Eve.

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  • R. Manson
  • 11-12-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

I really enjoyed this short novel. I've seen the TV series first and wanted to check out the books. The characters match up and the performance is excellent.

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  • steve cross
  • 11-02-18

too short but enjoyable

although a good read, and I enjoyed the narration.... this was a short story and should have been marked as one. will I read more from the series?... yes, will I pay more attention to the length of audio?... yes. do I feel cheated paying a full credit for this book?... oui.

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  • Winged Avenger
  • 10-29-18

Too short!

I was really enjoying this - the performance and story were great, but at just 1 hour and 20 minutes long it is way too short. I honestly thought it was the end of the second or third chapter but the book was over. As a first taster book I've been left pretty disappointed.

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  • pfa
  • 10-22-18

A must read

I enjoyed the tv show but gives you a better in sight as to Villanelle and why she is like she is I am going to get the next two books and can not wait you will enjoy.

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  • E A Stevens
  • 10-09-18

great short story

briĺliant and fast moving description of Vilanelle and her character along with her deadly missions