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Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. And he's not as defenceless as they might think.

Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man.

'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of no-hopers at Slough House. So it's Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary to protect an agent in peril....

©2017 Mick Herron (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • K
  • 10-04-17

Another scorcher

I simply cannot get enough of this series. I'm horrified that I'm going to have to wait until February for the next instalment. What is it with writers? Don't they understand the contemporary need for instant gratification? Pshaw!

This next step, or should I say stumble, along the path with the slow horses does so at a whip-crack pace. I like the premise of this story too. Yes, it's sometimes far fetched and, as the series has gone on, the characters seem less bungling and more Bond but by now we're on their side anyway and want to see them perk up a bit and not get taken out by slickly professional assassins.

Sean Barrett is certainly now the voice of the hero Lamb and turns in another great performance.

My only complaint is the continual use of Americanisms that we British have to stomach: 'hood' 'cops' and I bet the 'BuzzLightyear' quip was a substitution for the colonials - Lamb wouldn't have a clue about 'Toy Story'. It's a British author give us the British publication for god's sake. However, I'm not going to penalise the author or narrator for an annoying corporate decision - only, listener be warned!

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  • Clare
  • 07-05-17

Excellent as always

Love the characters. Slough House is a wonderful invention, and is packed with terrific characters you just want to follow and observe. And I love the trade craft.

A great thriller, like all in this series. Now I just have to wait for the next one.

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  • G. Davenport
  • 10-31-17

The Slow Horses return!

Another superb tale of the sidelined spooks and their acerbic boss, Jackson Lamb, one of the best characters of recent years. Excellent narration as usual.

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  • P
  • 08-02-17

Great series

If you could sum up Spook Street in three words, what would they be?

Modern take on MI5's miss-fits and wannabes

What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration.

Any additional comments?

Great series of novels. Characters get better and better.

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  • AReader
  • 10-28-17

A joy to listen to

Characters, plot, prose, all excellent. Sean Barrett does his usual outstanding job. Like the rest of this series, a real treat. One sly phrase at least made me laugh aloud. I do hope there will be more of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-24-17

gripping

clever witty dialogue with savage action Mick Herron at his best
Can't wait for next one

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  • Mrs
  • 07-28-17

Spookily wonderful.

A blissful mix of world class writing and performance. What a rare, rare treat. Long live creations of this order

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  • JV
  • 07-19-17

Another great book in the series

If you could sum up Spook Street in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative, tense, funny

What did you like best about this story?

It built most successfully on the themes and genre of the previous books in the excellent series.

What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

He is always reliably good.

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

Not particularly because it is fine to come back to it during car journeys. But it certainly never flags and one could listen in one go in the right circumstances.

Any additional comments?

Hoping for another in the series.

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  • Catherine
  • 05-12-17

Utterly brilliant. Fabulous. Gosh.

I have totally fallen for the 'slough house' series and this one is just as good as the earlier novels. These are brilliantly crafted, witty, sardonic thrillers which take john le carre's precision in observation, plot and character and add some very familiar 21st century flaws, some inter-departmental politics and bureaucracy, and a good dose of wit (scattered with the occasional juvenilia).
Mick Herron, you are a genius. I have nearly 400 audible titles and have posted a review for a handful (of the wonderful or awful). So I hope that statistic gives some perspective to my enthusiasm for the Slough House series. Voiced by the outstanding Sean Barrett, what is not to like??

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  • Thewilsonman
  • 06-11-17

Audible heroin

The Slough House gang are once again brought to life by Sean Barrett. Great story. Jackson Lamb is such a fantastically imagined character. The only drag is that it is such a good story that I binged on it and before I knew it ; it was done!

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  • Orca
  • 05-21-17

Laconic prose brings the binds of toil to life

Mick Herron's series is a fine read/listen for those who enjoy the illumination of the culpable character - fallen along the way into a sort of lost and found, stumbling toward deliverance of past wrongs and failings through good deeds, or at least those that will avoid iniquity.

All through a lens of acerbic wit that, at least to this Londoner, sound as close to home as Orwell and Greene, the writers as well as the poncey grocers.

Seán Barrett is consistently ace.

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  • Linda Marea
  • 08-26-18

Perhaps the best book in the Slough House series so far

There are more twists and turns in this book than in a work of macramé. If you’ve read the previous books you’ll be developing real affection for the washed-up spooks of Slough House, and now it’s time for Mick Herron to shake us up with shocking events. As always Sean Barrett’s performance is absolutely superb and on song for every character.
And by the time this book comes to a conclusion you’ll be looking to download the next instalment.

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  • caroline
  • 06-30-18

Read the series

I have listened to the 5th book and equally enjoyed as the first. Excellent series, wonderful characters, Performed perfectly. Dark, funny, brutal, clever, intriguing and just good fun. With a wonderful twist of spook, politics and perhaps a little to close to the truth than we would perhaps like in the political agenda of London.

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  • Janette Gorman
  • 08-06-17

Brilliant

Another fantastic addition to the slough horse series. Great narration as always. I hope the series continues.

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  • "neil999b"
  • 07-03-17

Excellent. great narration.

great writing style and story. I have listened to all of mick herrons stories and they are all fantastic.

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  • Sue
  • 05-24-17

Just brilliant!

The Slough House books are a rare treat. Espionage, well drawn characters and dry humour all brought together by Sean Barrett's wonderful narration. Can't recommend highly enough.