The Dirty Dozen

Narrated by: Laura Kirman
Series: Jane Tennison, Book 5
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
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The gritty new thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama and the fifth book in the Sunday Times best-selling Jane Tennison series.

Jane Tennison has worked hard to become the first female detective ever posted to the infamous Flying Squad, or 'the Sweeney'. But the Dirty Dozen is a notorious boys' club, and Jane's new colleagues make it clear that they don't think a woman is up to the dangers of the job. 

Dealing with some of London's most ruthless armed criminals, who think the only good cop is a dead cop, is no joke. Determined to prove she's as good as the men, Jane discovers from a reliable witness that a gang is going to carry out a massive robbery.

But she doesn't know who they are, or where and when they will strike.... 

©2019 Lynda La Plante (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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<br />Excellent!

Well written, great narration, good story line and character development. Highly recommend this audio book.

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  • K. Colleran
  • 12-29-19

Appalling narration

The narrator absolutely ruined the book. I was disappointed with the storyline for such a long book, no tension or questions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-19

Terrible Narration

I’ve listen to all the Lynda la Plante audible books, and was really looking forward to the release if this one, but the narration is awful. Unfortunately I have to return.

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  • Mands
  • 09-04-19

Awful narration

I am sure that the story is excellent but I couldn’t listen to it past the first few chapters as the narration was so poor. The narrator uses the same sing-song inflections for each sentence and seems to struggle to give them meaning. The dialogue is better but not good enough to make the rest of it worth listening to.

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  • rozithepirate
  • 09-03-19

Just couldn't stand the naration

Desperately wanted to listen to this book and tried for hours but I found the spoken grammar terrible. Pauses in the wrong places and sometimes I think it was like listening to an Enid Blyton story with child like characters. Not at all what you would expect from a Prime Subject novel. Unfortunately I never got to the end so I cannot comment on the whole plot as I returned it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-19

another great read.

loved it and great to get the back story to Jane tennison prior to the prime suspect stories.

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  • Gemima
  • 02-22-20

A hard listen.

I love La Plante, but it took me several attempts to get into this book. I didn’t like the narrator at all, and stopped listening frequently due to this. I eventually persevered, but was thoroughly disappointed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-19

Boringly Predictable

Disappointed. Usually the books are better than the TV or film adaptation. Not so in this case. The attempts at the male voices were just that - attempts. Predictable end. Won’t be listening to any more in the series or by the performer.

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  • spud33
  • 09-11-19

Enjoyed from start to finish

Love all the Jane Tennison series. Well researched, plausible story lines and great attention to detail. Riveting!

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  • Len
  • 09-01-19

Jane nails the job!!

I have liked all Lynda's early Jane Tennyson books, but this one is a craker, the best of the early Jane books. The storylines tie together wonderfully, the details are brilliant and Jane is now coming into her own. Highly recommended if you like Jane Tennyson stories, even if you havent read any previous books, the story stands alone on its own merits as a good read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-19

Great story, let down a bit by the narration.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story but found the narration annoying. It was read far too slowly, but when I tried to speed it up it sounded worse.
I still enjoyed the book though as I am a big Lynda la Plante fan