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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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  • 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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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,

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • david
  • 07-09-17

a little slow

it was a little slow throughout and I felt it lacked any excitement or adventure

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  • Dan
  • 06-22-17

Dull and slow

The narrator makes you want to fall asleep, I had to keep repeating sections as it was so dull I forgot to listen. The story is slow and even when it picks up towards the end, it's still not exactly exciting.
After listening to the first in the series, I expected better things from this, and still have the third book to listen to - joy.

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  • Montees
  • 05-11-17

Good story but lacked a little Roar!

As always, the narrator makes the tale. good plot line but lacks a "thrilling" ending. Still worth it though...

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  • simon white
  • 04-05-17

The Slow Horses are maxed out.

Would you listen to Dead Lions again? Why?

Having listened to the original book in the series, I had to find out what appalling indignities Jackson Lamb could inflict on his staff.

What other book might you compare Dead Lions to, and why?

I suppose the subject matter is comparable to Le Carre, totally different style though.

What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

Gripping, especially considering that the characters are pretty evenly split between the sexes.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Loved it, great trepidation felt as it reached the end though.

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  • gavin
  • 11-24-16

007 with attitude

Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Lions to be better than the print version?

Yes very well narrated

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Lions?

Jackson Lamb every time

What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

believable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Had the audio set up in my car and listened between appointments, just kept driving...

Any additional comments?

Keep writing these they are great

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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