Real Tigers

Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Series: Slough House, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (764 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The next installment in Mick Herron's wry, clever CWA Gold Dagger-winning Slough House series.

The Bond-esque River Cartwight and his group of defunct MI5 spies, headed by the irascible Jackson Lamb, will do anything to get back into the game. When a member of London's Slough House - MI5's stable for disgraced spies, so-called "slow horses" - is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents must risk treason and breach Regent's Park to steal intel in exchange for their comrade's safety. But the kidnapping is only the tip of the iceberg as they are caught in a conspiracy that threatens the future not only of Slough House but of MI5 itself.

Mick Herron's previous Slough House novel, Dead Lions, won the 2013 CWA Gold Dagger, garnering attention both in the US and UK. These thrillers are complex and contemporary, with an unexpected dose of sly humor. Herron is steadily gaining traction each year in the US, and the film rights to this series have been optioned.

©2015 Mick Herron (P)2016 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Funny, clever.... Genuinely thrilling. The novel is equally noteworthy for its often lyrical prose." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Delightful...with a dry humor reminiscent of Greene and Waugh." ( Sunday Times)
"A great romp." ( BBC Front Row)

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A taste of Caviar in Slough House

I like Mick Herron's writing style, characters, and story line a lot, and will continue to read all of the books in the Slough House series (keep 'em coming). That said, I thought this novel was good, but not quite as inspired or "effortless" as previous books.

I think Herron has stumbled onto something unique with his "Slough House" series. He is smart to capitalize on this real-estate. The characters are funny, flawed, quirky, under-estimated, desperate, and skilled. The combination of personalities, combined with a gritty atmosphere, creates a sense of place that is just waiting to be filled with intrigue, and something sinister.

Fair warning: there are quite a number of characters in this world, and occassionally one of them will be introduced by name and take part in what's happening. If you are not clear about who this character is, it can be a little confusing. If you are good at keeping track of names and characters, this will not be a problem for you. (some of us need a reminder about who this person is, like an identifying characteristic, or a visual descriptor, subtly mentioned while the character is coming into the scene).

Herron will occasionally indulge the reader in side-stories that do little to advance the plot, or will reward faithful listeners with little nuggets from previous books. This endears the reader, and is a testament to his skill as a writer. However, I would feel more rewarded if Herron sharpened the plot instead, and kept the characters and story in line.

I have read more than half a dozen novels by Herron, and appreciate that he always has a solid plot (beginning, middle, end), and the plot always makes sense, and I am always satisfied with the ending. I appreciate that in any author I read, and think it is worth acknowledging here.


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Herron ,Doyle,and the foundered Slow Horses -back!

Do yourself the favor of hearing this series in order: Slow Horses,Dead Lions,Real Tigers. Crossing my fingers hoping these very special, damaged, fried spooks will return for books four,five,and more..

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The ending is phenomenal

This book starts slowly, and is in the nature of hey John LeCarre - not a Tom Clancy – book.

There are no likable characters in the book, however you want to pull for the least in likable.

I appreciate that the author did not wrap everything up with a tidy bow. Instead, much mysteryremains at the and of the book

The ending makes his entire book worthwhile.

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Excellent.

Excellent read. The imagination gets stretched a bit here and there but it's a fun easy read. Our anti heroes are a blast. Dialogue very witty. If you like black comedy spy novels (is that a genre?) then this might be for you.

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loving this series

I am really loving this series. They built on each other and get better with each book. I like the narrator but it takes be a while to get use to him and the accent. It makes the book even better so I am not complaining. Looking forward to the next one

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Fun, wry, cloak and dagger with humor.

Love the reader’s wry tone. Writing is good and snarky. Fun twist on MI5. Good series.

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If you like juvenile bathroom humor,...

...Real Tigers is for you. This third novel in the Slough House series is so bad I could not finish it. The attempted humor always falls flat, but that does not keep the author continuing with his fart, and similar, humor. Narrator Gerard Doyle is very good; he deserves better material than Real Tigers.

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I finished it, but

It couldn't hold my attention. The characters never developed into people I wanted to know more about. I would find myself tuning in but not knowing what they were going through. This is my favorite genre but the tale wasn't for me.

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Really enjoying this series

Would you consider the audio edition of Real Tigers to be better than the print version?

I never read the print version, but both narrators (of Real Tigers and the previous book, Dead Lions) are great. I was sorry to find that the second book had a different reader but ended up loving them both.

What other book might you compare Real Tigers to and why?

Very Smiley's People, lots of spy stuff, gritty and a bit depressing but ultimately hopeful books. I don't read a ton of this kind of book so don't know who to compare them to.

Any additional comments?

Both Dead Lions and Real Tigers are great, the characters, though super annoying and even despicable, are fantastic and engaging and very real. Worth a listen!

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Great book; awesome narration

This was fabulous. The Slow Horses get a chance to shine! Great job - by the men and women of Slough House, by the author, and by the narrator, Gerard Doyle.

My favorite of the series so far.

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