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London’s Slough House is where disgraced MI5 spies go to while away what’s left of their washed-up careers. Now they have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. Slough House’s head honcho, the despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered.

As the agents dig into the circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried?

©2013 Mick Herron (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Absolutely superb

Brilliant book. Brilliant narration. Buy it. Don't look back, you'll love it if you love intelligent, sharp, original, dark, witty thrillers

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  • P
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 07-23-15

Good Brit MI5 drama

There is a plodding nature about the series about the Slow Horses of Slough house which is captivating. It is a little like Le Carre, with more humour. I enjoyed it.

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  • Emma
  • 08-31-14

Terrific

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

I would definitely recommend this book. It was my first thriller in some time and was a great choice. Sean Barrett is a fantastic narrator, bringing enormous character and humour to the dialogue. I will definitely be seeking this narrator and author again,

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  • Rogayah
  • 11-03-16

A small beginning to get to the bigger picture

As always an excellent narrative by Sean Barrett who smooth, rich voice eases the horrors of sudden death or near deaths.

Mick Herron's Slough House crowd, all of whom have lost the right to be active agents, are a bunch of losers and misfits resentful of their outcast status from the frontline spies or spooks in Regent's Park. Lamb's instincts and his "team's" fishing expeditions build a far from benign picture that, almost despite themselves, they rescue the City from the brink of disaster. Strangely or sadly, yet again they are unable to claim the credit or cover themselves with glory; they are the "Slow Horses" and unlikely to the heroes of any story or so Regent's Park think!

There is also a keen humourous streak that keeps you amused and laughing despite everything.

I am enjoying this series!

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  • Stan d'Up
  • 08-14-17

Midsommer meets MI5

Nicely narrated but short gaps at times meant that it was easy to get confused about who or where the story was.

That said, it was well told and I did enjoy it

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  • VLF
  • 05-15-15

Very clever story

I struggled a little to get all the characters straight in my head to start but as the story unfolds the different roles became clear. Very clever, lots of twists, I couldn't put it down.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-18

An excellent listen

This book is excellent and follows a complete series. The characters are rich and human beings in their actions .The story is easy to follow and understand but remains believable . The story teller has a voice which adds much. Easy listening.

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  • Jane
  • 03-01-18

Another good one in the series

I enjoyed this as much as the first one. I like the characters, who are somewhat flawed, and the story is good. I would suggest reading them in order so that you get to know the characters. The writing is excellent, too. The narrator, as ever, is first class.

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  • Julia
  • 01-29-18

Fantastic series of novels

I’ve only just discovered Mick Herron’s writing. The Slough House novels are wonderful: carefully plotted, somehow both exciting and funny on the same page, wonderful characterisation. I’m now going to have to get the whole series!

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  • Claire Kendall-Price
  • 11-02-14

No John Le Carre!

What did you like best about Dead Lions? What did you like least?

I liked the idea behind the book, it was a good premise, but failed to follow through. I disliked some of the characters and found others badly drawn so had no interest in them.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Seán Barrett?

He was pleasant enough.

Did Dead Lions inspire you to do anything?

Return to quality writers of the genre. Re listening to Le Carre confirmed how sketchily written this was and how little I cared for the characters.

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  • S I.
  • 06-10-18

Not as good as book 1. Bit slow

I quite like this series but I found the first book a lot better, more tense, edge of the seat type stuff. I found this one a bit slow and struggled keeping listening in places. That said, the narration is very good.

I was originally thinking I would follow the full series but not sure if I will now. Certainly need a break from it so gone on to Once a Pilgrim which I'm loving!

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  • Christopher Hegan
  • 05-25-18

Very good but not quite Le Carré

Excellent characters, very well but not perfectly plotted with a let-down at the end, you certainly won’t put this book down easily. Herron leans a little too heavily on atmospherics for my taste; the strength and novelty is that he gets you rooting for charactersyou have little reason to like. I did get very cross at the end as he wrapped it up to leave all his pieces in place for the next book at the expense of plausibility. Even a half-baked inquiry would not have left SW where he ended up. It just doesn’t fly.

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  • Col Gorman
  • 07-05-17

Awesome read

Another great novel in what fast becoming a new favourite of mine

I am looking forward to the next instalment

Great narration as always by Sean Barrett