This Is What Happened

Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron comes a shocking, twisted novel of psychological suspense about one woman's attempt to be better than ordinary

Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice.

Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk.

Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero - if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.

©2018 Mick Herron (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Well written, but disappointing

I’m a huge Mick Herron fan. I’ve read all the books and enjoyed them immensely. However, this one fell pretty flat. His character development is wonderful, as always, but I found some of the themes banal and tedious.
If you’re a fan I think it’s worth a listen just because his writing is extraordinarily clever and thorough. But this book is definitely not in the same league as his other work.
The narration is excellent.

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Mindless

Boring, repetative, nothing. A true "who cares" book. Not me. I have enjoyed his "Slough House" stories; it is hard to believe he would put his name to this drivel.

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A disappoitment

The publisher's summary misled me. I've read all of Mick Herron's books and enjoyed them and while I knew this wasn't one of the Sough House books the summary led me to believe that it might be somewhat like them. A few more plot details and I doubt if I would have bought This is What Happened. This isn't the sort of plot I enjoy. The narrator is good, but read a bit slowly for me. Not a problem. He sounded better when I played it at 1.25 speed. And the book ended quicker. If you are interested in this book, find and read a review somewhere first. Meanwhile I'm looking forward to his next, London Rules, in June.

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A pure delight!

Mick Herron is brilliant;I’ve enjoyed all of his Slough House books - this stand alone is equally enjoyable.
I try to listen to any books narrated by Steven Crossley,he’s awesome.

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Different, but enjoyable.

"This is What Happened" is a slight departure for Herron, who typically writes slightly off-beat MI5 and Police/Detective Procedurals. It was appropriately darker in tone, without being gratuitous. I typically prefer a linear storyline, but Herron does an excellent job of using the Flashback Story to create interest, without becoming confusing. I found I correctly predicted the ending about half way through, but that did not bother me much.


Mick Herron is the first author that I have begun to read everything he has written; I find that I consistently enjoy most of his work. The calibre of writing is a notch above pulp writers. I think it is the "voice" with which his books are written that is the main reason I enjoy his writing so much. The language is casual, yet spirited and effortless. The stories are interesting, yet he manages to avoid (for the most part) the formulaic "feeling" that so many successful authors seem obliged to include in every successive novel.

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This is What Happened

Very disappointed by this writer. I read all of the slow horses books and expected much more from his stand alone books. Very slow narration, recommend increasing speed to 1.25. As tempting as it may be, I doubt that I will purchase another book by this writer.

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Terrible

The story was poorly cobbled together and the ending was truly anticlimactic. The narrator was good, though, just give him a different book to read.

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A rare highly disliked

What disappointed you about This Is What Happened?

Ok I didn't finish this because extremely early on it was obvious what was really going on and it was pathetic and even if I'm not correct (which is unlikely) I really don't care.

Has This Is What Happened turned you off from other books in this genre?

nope

What aspect of Steven Crossley’s performance would you have changed?

given him another story to read

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not in my mind.

Any additional comments?

It's hard to believe this author has won awards.

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