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  • Slough House, Book 4
  • Written by: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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Spook Street

Written by: Mick Herron
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years retired, David Cartwright can still spot when the stoats are on his trail. And he's not as defenceless as they might think.

Jackson Lamb worked with Cartwright back in the day. He knows better than most that this is no vulnerable old man.

'The old bastard' has raised his grandson with a head full of guts and glory. But far from joining Spook Street, River Cartwright is consigned to Lamb's team of no-hopers at Slough House. So it's Lamb they call to identify the body when Cartwright's panic button raises the alarm at Service HQ. And Lamb who will do whatever he thinks necessary to protect an agent in peril....

©2017 Mick Herron (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Uta
  • 13-01-23

The smart and the misfits

Mick Herron’s style offers surprises in many forms - plot twists, sparkling turns of phrases, character exploration. If you enjoy a clever plot and great writing, this book is for you.

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  • Chad Morrison
  • 08-06-21

Another great adventure

I can't get enough of hanging out with Jackson Lamb and the slow Horses.

Great tale with lots of personality, highly recommend.

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  • Moose in NZ
  • 14-05-20

A real cracker; twists that caught me out.

I like his books from the outset, but this one is a snorter. As much as I love all that good character development stuff, I need a tale to have the right mix of detail and pace - this one really hit the mark. plus a few times just as I slipped into a comfortable spot and thought I knew where we'd be going, I got caught by a clever twist and I was fully engaged again. worth every dollar and minute. I just deeply wish I could go toe to toe with Jackson Lamb and smack his smirk off of his face!

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  • K
  • 04-10-17

Another scorcher

I simply cannot get enough of this series. I'm horrified that I'm going to have to wait until February for the next instalment. What is it with writers? Don't they understand the contemporary need for instant gratification? Pshaw!

This next step, or should I say stumble, along the path with the slow horses does so at a whip-crack pace. I like the premise of this story too. Yes, it's sometimes far fetched and, as the series has gone on, the characters seem less bungling and more Bond but by now we're on their side anyway and want to see them perk up a bit and not get taken out by slickly professional assassins.

Sean Barrett is certainly now the voice of the hero Lamb and turns in another great performance.

My only complaint is the continual use of Americanisms that we British have to stomach: 'hood' 'cops' and I bet the 'BuzzLightyear' quip was a substitution for the colonials - Lamb wouldn't have a clue about 'Toy Story'. It's a British author give us the British publication for god's sake. However, I'm not going to penalise the author or narrator for an annoying corporate decision - only, listener be warned!

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  • Clare
  • 05-07-17

Excellent as always

Love the characters. Slough House is a wonderful invention, and is packed with terrific characters you just want to follow and observe. And I love the trade craft.

A great thriller, like all in this series. Now I just have to wait for the next one.

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  • G. Davenport
  • 31-10-17

The Slow Horses return!

Another superb tale of the sidelined spooks and their acerbic boss, Jackson Lamb, one of the best characters of recent years. Excellent narration as usual.

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  • P
  • 02-08-17

Great series

If you could sum up Spook Street in three words, what would they be?

Modern take on MI5's miss-fits and wannabes

What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration.

Any additional comments?

Great series of novels. Characters get better and better.

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  • AReader
  • 28-10-17

A joy to listen to

Characters, plot, prose, all excellent. Sean Barrett does his usual outstanding job. Like the rest of this series, a real treat. One sly phrase at least made me laugh aloud. I do hope there will be more of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-17

gripping

clever witty dialogue with savage action Mick Herron at his best
Can't wait for next one

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  • Catherine
  • 12-05-17

Utterly brilliant. Fabulous. Gosh.

I have totally fallen for the 'slough house' series and this one is just as good as the earlier novels. These are brilliantly crafted, witty, sardonic thrillers which take john le carre's precision in observation, plot and character and add some very familiar 21st century flaws, some inter-departmental politics and bureaucracy, and a good dose of wit (scattered with the occasional juvenilia).
Mick Herron, you are a genius. I have nearly 400 audible titles and have posted a review for a handful (of the wonderful or awful). So I hope that statistic gives some perspective to my enthusiasm for the Slough House series. Voiced by the outstanding Sean Barrett, what is not to like??

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  • Mrs
  • 28-07-17

Spookily wonderful.

A blissful mix of world class writing and performance. What a rare, rare treat. Long live creations of this order

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  • JV
  • 19-07-17

Another great book in the series

If you could sum up Spook Street in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative, tense, funny

What did you like best about this story?

It built most successfully on the themes and genre of the previous books in the excellent series.

What about Seán Barrett’s performance did you like?

He is always reliably good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not particularly because it is fine to come back to it during car journeys. But it certainly never flags and one could listen in one go in the right circumstances.

Any additional comments?

Hoping for another in the series.

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  • Rogayah
  • 01-07-17

so pertinent

Excellent as always. Sean Barrett is the perfect reader for the dry humour of the story about the dregs of the not so secret services. The creaking of wheels within wheels that turn in response to another atrocity hits London...another one of the many that have happened in London through the years.


When River's grandfather, "The O.B.", is threatened the danger is brought to Slough House itself and mayhem ensures.

If you liked the other books in this series and the ghoulish humour does not offend you this is another winner.

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  • Mary Rita Martin
  • 02-05-20

Great series - great narrator

This series continues to engage. It’s well written, the plots are always intriguing and the development of the characters is complex, but believable, led by the unique, Jackson Lamb. The occasional laugh out loud moment at the comments and management style of Lamb keeps the story moving. An excellent series.

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  • Bernadette Johnstone
  • 08-02-20

Brilliant - buy it now!

I’ve read one other in the Slow Horses series and the reviews of this one made me fast forward to it and I’m glad I did. Very well written and Sean Barrett does a sensational job of narration. One of the best - really brought the words to life and does justice to the writing.

Good storyline and I’m literally online now ten minutes after finishing it to buy the next one!

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  • backofthebus
  • 16-06-22

Another Great Story from Slough House

Enjoyed this greatly. Sean Barrett perfect narrator. Well done Mick Herron, interesting characters that feel like old friends.

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  • milorad topic
  • 10-06-21

I love this more after each book

Lamb is irrepressible, honestly I can’t wait to listen to the next book Sean Barrett is wonderful in making Lamb so caustic and dry 👍🏾

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  • Orca
  • 21-05-17

Laconic prose brings the binds of toil to life

Mick Herron's series is a fine read/listen for those who enjoy the illumination of the culpable character - fallen along the way into a sort of lost and found, stumbling toward deliverance of past wrongs and failings through good deeds, or at least those that will avoid iniquity.

All through a lens of acerbic wit that, at least to this Londoner, sound as close to home as Orwell and Greene, the writers as well as the poncey grocers.

Seán Barrett is consistently ace.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-23

Wonderful

A thoroughly satisfying read. The characters are flawed and real and compelling. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-22

The best so far

What brilliant writing and narration. This one as good as the first if not better. The characters are so real and Jackson is at his awful best. 10/10

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  • Clive Byerley
  • 16-03-22

Grimy, Grim and Great!

Herron draws you in to this sad bunch of lovers led by the repulsive-but-brilliant central character,Lamb.
wonderful black humour and unexpected twists
Rarely have I enjoyed any series as much.

Highly recommended.

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  • borneveryminute
  • 27-09-21

superb story eloquently told

mick herron is a once in a lifetime author and this is a tipping point in this brilliant espionage series. not just a brilliant storyteller but a conjurer whose tricks include rabbits, and other beasts, out of hats.

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  • Noelle N.
  • 12-09-21

Excellent character driven tale

Twists turns surprise after surprise excellent narration character later are fully exposed slough house rules