Dead Lions

Dead Lions

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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London's Slough House is where the washed-up MI5 spies go to while away what's left of their failed careers. The "slow horses," as they're called, have all disgraced themselves in some way to get relegated here. Maybe they messed up an op badly and can't be trusted anymore. Maybe they got in the way of an ambitious colleague and had the rug yanked out from under them. Maybe they just got too dependent on the bottle-not unusual in this line of work. One thing they all have in common, though, is they all want to be back in the action. And most of them would do anything to get there-even if it means having to collaborate with one another. Now the slow horses have a chance at redemption. An old Cold War-era spy is found dead on a bus outside Oxford, far from his usual haunts. The despicable, irascible Jackson Lamb is convinced Dickie Bow was murdered. As the agents dig into their fallen comrade's circumstances, they uncover a shadowy tangle of ancient Cold War secrets that seem to lead back to a man named Alexander Popov, who is either a Soviet bogeyman or the most dangerous man in the world. How many more people will have to die to keep those secrets buried
Publisher: [United States] : AudioGO : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781624605093
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 54 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Healy, Michael
Alternative Title: hoopla digital


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Jan 27, 2019

Many people on Amazon's audiobook site, Audible, had poor things to say of Michael Healy's narration of this Gold Dagger Award winning spy novel. I cannot disagree strongly enough with this sentiment. Healy's voice drips with the sarcasm and acid wit required to pull off the jaded old has-been spook, Jackson Lamb, and he is equally adept with the haughty Di Tavener and the naive River Cartwright. Gerard Doyle who narrates the other Slough House books simply can't catch the contemptuous tone required to pull off this kind of acerbic novel. While I think Herron's later books in this series are a bit tighter, plot-wise, if you enjoy a well-written spy novel with a dash of off-color British humor, you will certainly enjoy this performance!

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