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  • Slough House, Book 3
  • Written by: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
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Written by: Mick Herron
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Publisher's Summary

London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper.

But when one of these 'slow horses' is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service.

After years spent as the lowest on the totem pole, the slow horses suddenly find themselves caught in the midst of a conspiracy that threatens not only the future of Slough House but of MI5 itself....

©2016 Mick Herron (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Robin
  • 03-04-16

Splendid

This is the third of the Slough House trilogy and I was sorry to get to the end. I had grown fond of all the Slough House inhabitants, even the appalling Jackson Lamb, who gets most of the best lines, and the nerdy Roderick Ho. All three books are wildly implausible, but terrific fun and beautifully written. The narrator, Sean Barrett, does all the characters justice. The Slow Horses have all had a good outing, but I hope another trilogy with different characters is in the pipeline.

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  • Bjørn Borud
  • 27-07-22

Slow writer

Some perhaps think that meandering around for ages before getting the story going is “charming” or the sign of “a great auteur”. It isn’t. It is inefficient storytelling and presumptuous navel gazing by the author.

Perhaps this works better as a TV series where more capable writers can take up the slack.

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  • J E Law
  • 08-07-22

So good

Highly recommend this. Herron’s Jackson Lamb and his team of Slow Horses are a balm in an increasingly f**ked up world, and I didn’t want it to end. Best book so far in the series but you need to start at the beginning. Brilliant performance,

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  • Bonnie
  • 15-08-21

Great Story, Genius Narration

Super entertaining and well written story, the narrator brings it to life perfectly. He is a genius, I hope he narrates every book in the series

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  • Earnest
  • 10-03-16

Undiluted enjoyment

Truly. If you like this genre, even if you don't, listen to this novel. It's my third in the Author's series and it is splendid. It is fascinating to see the ongoing characters sparkle and scintillate through a very nicely plotted yarn. The language is just right. Intelligent, descriptive and very, very amusing. there is enough action to suit everyone's taste and even recognisable villains or "goodies" abound..no matter. Tonnes of recognisable Reality offsets the fiction and makes you pleased that Goodness can still prevail over dangerous Nutcases. Please. Keep going Mr Herron- more Slow Horses please.

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  • Rogayah
  • 10-11-16

Complicated creatures

The third book in the Slough House series told by the deep soft purring voice of Sean Barrett. Excellent, gripping and humorous. The team, all stamped by their past bungles as "slow horses" or losers show yet again that despite machinations by the good and the great they can rise to any, even some, almost impossible tasks.

The series keeps getting better. More would be good as yet again we are left with loose ends!

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  • S. Murdoch
  • 21-06-16

Great series

Really enjoyable. Characters are interesting (I love that they are flawed and that I can judge them on their actions rather than the author telling me how wonderful/bad they are). Lots of twists. And Jackson lamb is glorious.
Narrator amongst the best.

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  • Keith Stribblehill
  • 27-04-19

The Slow Horses triumph again

Loved this book: the story; the dialogue; the characterisation. Another fabulous narration by Sean Barrett. His depiction of Jackson Lamb was outstanding.

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  • Mr Nightingale
  • 16-11-18

Yes.

Proper writer, proper stories, proper characters, proper narrator.
Get your credits out, get involved. You'll be glad you did.

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  • Paul
  • 14-04-16

Even better than Slow Horses

Cracking read! Fizzes with one liners. Would make a great TV series. Jackson Lamb is a superb character but to be fair all of the cast are really well fleshed out. Bring on the next book in the series....will Boris/P.J be P.M?

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  • Ben Godsall
  • 14-04-19

good story, tip narration

i am a big fan of the slow horses books , which i have only discovered recently. A big part of my enjoyment has been the quality of the narration. Thank you Sean Barrett.

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  • Kent Bird Lover
  • 27-06-20

Absolutely brilliant! Can't praise highly enough

Jackson Lamb and the Slow Horses are inspired creations for the modern world of spying. Mick Herron's prose is in turns lyrical and and pithy. I hope he carries on writing because I really don't want to get to the end of this series.

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  • anne
  • 15-07-16

Entertaining .

It took me a while to get used to the style of narration, monotone delivery, no break for new chapters or changes of scene. But once I did I could appreciate that this was a good way to deliver this series of books. Although it's about the British intelligence services, I do hope they bear little or no resemblance to this lot! Amusing, entertaining and full of interesting characters, ...... But not who you want protecting the country!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-21

Best Yet!

Tense, thrilling with a wonderful streak of sarcastic humour this is easily Herron's best yet.

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  • Jed Hart
  • 03-08-22

Villainy

Brilliant story read by the perfect voice. For anyone interested in oworld of espionage, a must read.

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  • milorad topic
  • 22-04-21

My favourite so far...

Really good laugh out loud moments in this one with a great plot lines every slough house member shines in there own way. I’m loving this series and can’t stop listening. Thanks Mick Herron

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  • Janette
  • 27-07-17

Fantastic addition to the series

I am really enjoying this series. Well written with another great story line.

The narration was spot on as always.

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  • richard dunkerley
  • 27-06-22

Brilliant story narrated by the best in the biz

Thanks to the recent Apple TV series Slow Horses, superbly cast, scripted and acted, I have become somewhat addicted to the Mick Herron Slough House series. Let me just say that in the hands, or rather voice, of the superb Sean Barrett, they are elevated to a plane where they alone exist. The best. Read by the best. My only regret is binging on them too quickly.

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  • backofthebus
  • 13-06-22

Another Great Story from Slough House

Mick Herron has created a great evolving story that keeps you interested until the end. The flawed, rounded characters are believable and likeable and Jackson Lamb the best. Very clever, humorous quips from all the characters lift the whole spook theme from what can be very serious. I loved the idea that the Slough House itself appears to be an entity, aged, creaky and filled with secrets. Just loved it until the end. Sean Barrett is perfect, to narrate as I have found any book he reads. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-05-22

The best so far

this will be hard to beat. the characters, plot and story remain realistic, believable and entertaining.

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  • Sharon
  • 12-04-22

Another epic slow horses instalment

Lamb put the TV office version of management in the shade and still manages to be the hero!

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  • JacT
  • 19-02-22

Terrific.

Another entertaining story by Mick Herron, brought brilliantly to life by Sean Barrett, who is the only English narrator I've heard who has the Glasgow accent down pat. With thanks again.

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  • Noelle N.
  • 07-09-21

Fantastic I love the style the narration

Another excellent storey narrated perfectly the style the imagery and the characters drawn to perfection another great book can’t wait for the next episode

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-21

Terrific

Jackson Lamb is the 21st Century Hercule or Sherlock.

As sharp as a laser bevelled tack and as disgustingly offensive as chunky cat sick.

This man deserves a new word, curmudgeon barely describes his big toe.