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Some agents have all the fun. Others save the world.

Bob Howard is an IT expert and occasional field agent for The Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty's Secret Service that deals with occult threats.

Dressed (grudgingly) in a tux and sent to the Caribbean, he must infiltrate a millionaire's yacht in order to prevent him violating a treaty that will start a war with an ancient underwater race. Partnered with a gorgeous American agent who's actually a soul-sucking succubus from another dimension, Bob's mission is to stop the bad guys, avoid getting the girl, and survive - shaken, perhaps, but not stirred.

This audiobook includes the short story Pimpf, and an afterword read by the author.

©2006 Charles Stross (P)2013 Hachette Children's Books

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I had so much fun

Great take on an a spy agent.

(Why do I have to use all the words in order to submit?)

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  • James
  • 10-18-13

oh can we please have some more !

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

I have already recommended this series to friends - they are in I.T. and I'm sure they wish they could raise demons in MS windows

What other book might you compare The Jennifer Morgue to, and why?

its a bit Mike Carey , a bit James Bond (well ok a lot James Bond but thats to be expected given the poor lead is forced to act like the eponymous JB by computer driven magic)

What about Jack Hawkins’s performance did you like?

he brings the ordinary man in the street who happens to have a job working for a supernatural government agency to life - with humour and whit and his characterisation doesn't falter

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

Charles Stross puts the fun in fundamental physics and maths, and dont you wish you could do magic with a AAA battery, some wire and a calculator

Any additional comments?

i hope to see many more of Charles Stross novels on audible

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  • Simon
  • 12-10-13

Quite superb

This series is quite the most bizarre collection of ideas ever put together on paper, shear genius.
If you enjoy Douglas Adams you should enjoy these.
Apocalyptic demons, a reluctant hero who's an I.T expert, health and safety, spies, arse kicking femme fatales, lots of computer stuff, more demons, the Gestapo ( yes you read that right ), modern day office politics, a mix of James Bond but on a budget,with expense forms filled in in triplicate of course, mega villans, the end of the world, great gadgets and all with a great sense of humour.

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  • Tinckelly
  • 01-09-16

Outstanding (But where's the rest?)

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This is a HUGELY entertaining book on many levels.

Firstly it is a cracking adventure story.
Secondly it is the best pastiche of a Bond story ever.
Thirdly it is a masterful disection – with the cleverest self-conscious reason – to pull apart every aspect of that form.
I won't spoil how it does that, but it is very satisfying.

Bravo!

Note to Audible and the publishers: WHERE ARE THE OTHER LAUNDRY FILES BOOKS?
They are available on Audible.com, but not, for some reason here in the UK. Clarles Stross is a British writer, please, please sort this out.

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  • Strawberryparfait
  • 04-11-15

Normal guy in James Bond type plot (with monsters)

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

Bob Howard is just an ordinary guy doing extraordinary things in an extraordinary world and the blend of fantastic with common sense is refreshing. Jennifer Morgue is better than the first book. It concentrates more on the characters and how they think and react as opposed to the other world that dominated the first. Each of the key players is much more believable and they react in a very human manners.

What does Jack Hawkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jack Hawkins captures the emotion of the characters and it feels as though the characters are actually living the experience of the book.

Any additional comments?

Please record more of the Laundry file books

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  • Bear Dave
  • 03-31-15

Another cracking read (listen)

Great story, better than book 1 in my opinion.
Good narration, the characters sound how I would expect them. Hope book 3 is available soon.

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  • Justin K.
  • 06-06-18

Yet another fantastic book & performance!

lots of fun, love the dreary ministerial background versus the Earth shattering war on horror- all being ran on a very tight budget.

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  • DarkSkies
  • 01-12-18

Is this fan-fic?

What disappointed you about The Jennifer Morgue?

Writing style takes a huge step backwards. At several points what appears to be the authors personal opinions seem to seep into the characters which certainly breaks the illusion. The main character changes from being quite likeable in the first book to an obnoxious oik in this book. The sex scenes are...well lets just say if you don't know how to write that kind of thing you should stay well clear as it reveals your limitations as a writer. And then the writer plain and simple breaks the fourth wall. Having written themselves into a corner and finding themselves in need of dumping a huge amount of exposition they decide to address the reader/listener directly and shatter what remains of the already sagging suspension of disbelief. Once the exposition is over they break the fourth wall again with a "back to the plot" moment. Overall a very amateur work.

Has The Jennifer Morgue put you off other books in this genre?

The genre...no. The author...hell yeah.

Have you listened to any of Jack Hawkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Only one other. The performance is great. It's the content that is the problem here not the performer.

What character would you cut from The Jennifer Morgue?

The main character. Wishing for a different hero can't be a good sign for any book.

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  • Stuart
  • 11-17-17

Disappointingly bad and annoying

I enjoyed the first book in this series, despite a few niggles. This book seems to have taken all of those niggles and amplified them a hundred-fold.

The endless techie detail becomes boring very quickly. The repeated use of "clever" quips such as the "for (something) values of (something else)" ceases being clever. The attempts to inject supposedly witty observation and smart remarks into every scene are tiring and increasingly annoying.

And ok, you don't like "management" or "processes", or Microsoft. We get it. We got it by half way through the first book. You really don't need to remind us every 10 minutes.

By half way through the book I'd formed the opinion that the main character (Bob) is just a bit of a **** (I doubt Audible would publish what I want to write here).

And then the more I thought about it, the more I realised it's not just the character. There's an increasing sense that the author has a major chip on his shoulder, thinks he's extremely clever and wants to take every opportunity possible to remind us in the most smug, self-congratulating way possible. The Afterward just manages to emphasise this.

I'd hoped for so much more after the first book, but my journey with this series ends here.

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  • R. ODELL
  • 11-05-17

Great book 2

Continuing the laundry story, it's a great follow-up and had a lovely short towards the end.
I enjoyed the seductive storyline throughout.

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  • serentious7
  • 11-01-17

Good relationship development

Spluttering... I can’t ... what? You just skip tons of books in the series and only do a few?!

I started this series recently after the Peter Grant Series and it’s going ok. The development of the relationship between the two main characters probably carries it as the story is fairly predictable.

Very disappointed to find the next book in this series isn’t available.