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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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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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  • 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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-18

Great story, bad reader/belle conte lectrice nulle

A short but gripping story setting up and developing Villanelle's character. Shame the reader's voice is flat, lacking emotion or intonation which doesn't do the writing justice at all.

Une histoire courte mais captivante qui établit et dénoue effectivement le personnage de Villanelle. Dommage que la lectrice ait une voix ennuyante qui manque toute intonation ou emotion - elle ne rend pas du tout justice à l'histoire.