At Risk : Liz Carlyle

  • by Stella Rimington
  • Narrated by Jennifer McMahon
  • Series: Liz Carlyle
  • 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At a meeting of the British Intelligence Joint Counter-Terrorist Group an announcement is made that "the opposition may be about to deploy an invisible". An "invisible" is the ultimate intelligence nightmare: a terrorist who, because he or she is an ethnic native of the target country, can cross its borders unchecked, move around that country unquestioned, and infiltrate its institutions with ease.For Liz Carlyle, MI5, this report marks the start of an operation that will test her as no other has. Time is of the essence in this desperate search and it becomes clear that Liz's intuitive skills and her ability to get inside her enemy's head will offer the only hope of averting disaster, even as her own life is put into jeopardy.


What the Critics Say

"Rimington speaks smartly about workplace issues while ratcheting the tension high in her authoritative debut thriller....It doesn't get more exciting than this." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Gripping - Excellent Narration

Rimington's experience as top "spook" makes this a gripping, if a bit disjointed story. It's a bit slow to get going but gathers pace to a thrilling and unexpected conclusion.
My greatest disappointment was to find that Jennifer McMahon does not narrate Stella's other works - in fact she is listed as narrator for only two other books. McMahon's narration is delightful and her characterisation excellent - quite the best I've heard. Please Audible, give us more Jennifer McMahon!
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- Roojun "I love thrillers, mysteries and historical novels. I do most of m listening whilst driving - the car, the ride-on mower, the tractor ..."

Plots within plots, exciting and suspenseful

This book was fantastic! The ending a bit unexpected and the plots within plots that unfolded were exceedingly tangled and interesting. Learning the names and functions of the various British government agencies and roles takes some attention to detail for the uninitiated but is well worth the effort.

The author is a former Director General in the British Security Service (MI5) who writes novels relating to that setting with particular attention to counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism.

This book is the first in a series that follows the career of Liz Carlyle, a fictional (of course) employee of MI5. The book is exciting, interesting, adventurous, funny, a bit scary, detailed, and suspenseful, with an interesting mixture of subtle and not so subtle characters. The narrator, Jennifer McMahon, reads beautifully, using a convincing range of accents.

If you like thrillers, suspense, or crime novels, or any of that sort of thing, read this book. Or, get the audiobook from It has an excellent narrator.
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- A. A. Baldwin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape